Jessica is so excited to be returning home as the new Fox 8 reporter! She still can’t believe she is working at a station she grew up watching.
Jessica is an award-winning anchor and reporter. She’s returning home after working in Augusta, Georgia as their morning and noon anchor. Before Augusta she was in Lima, Ohio working as a morning anchor, producer and reporter.

Jessica loves being a newsroom leader in the anchor role, but is also a passionate storyteller. She just won the Regional Hard News Edward R. Murrow award for her story “Criminals in the Classroom” where she looked into how schools handle minors with records, who they legally have to educate. She also has a few Associated Press reporting awards and a Georgia Associated Press award for her anchoring.

Jessica received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University. She then attended Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, where she received her Master of Science Degree in Journalism and was the commencement speaker.

As a seasoned journalist, Jessica has covered everything from Commissioners’ meetings, to crime, to community events. She worked as a backpack journalist in Chicago covering stories including President Obama’s Election Day, Governor Blagojevich’s impeachment, and escalating turmoil in the South Side gangs. She also worked in Washington D.C. as a Capitol Hill correspondent for stations across the country.

Jessica owes a lot of her journalism success to lessons she learned in Cleveland as a St. Christopher and Magnificat graduate. She says nothing beats being home with family, friends and a city full of Cleveland sports fans!


Recent Articles
  • Harlem Globetrotters help Dover soldier surprise brothers with special homecoming

    video and photos courtesy of Brenda K. Gee CANTON, Ohio – Seven-year-old twin boys from Dover got quite the surprise at The Harlem Globetrotters game at the Canton Civic Center Tuesday night. They thought they were just being called up to perform with the basketball stars, but didn’t realize their sister, E5 Staff Sergeant Katherine Jarvis, was home from deployment in the Middle East. She is a medic for the United Sates Air Force. The twins, Braylon and Bryson Wallace, […]

  • Jury selection begins in trial of man accused of brutally murdering Alianna DeFreeze

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jury selection begins Monday in the trial for a man accused of kidnapping and killing Alianna DeFreeze, 14. DeFreeze was kidnapped on her way to school last year and was then raped and murdered. Her remains were found later in an abandoned home. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Christopher Whitaker, 44, who faces four counts of aggravated murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count each of rape, aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence and gross […]

  • Cleveland police on scene after 2 were found shot to death in car

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland police were at the scene of a double homicide on the east side of the city. According to police, a man and woman were found with gunshot wounds to the head in a car in the area of East 96th Street and Kennedy Avenue. The car was parked on the side of the road. A section of Kennedy was blocked off for a few hours, but the scene was cleared before noon.  Police talked with people […]

  • Kucinich makes first public appearance since filing paperwork to run for governor

    MASSILLON, Ohio — Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich made his first public appearance Tuesday since filing paperwork with the Ohio Secretary of State declaring his candidacy for Ohio governor. Kucinich joined nurses and community leaders outside Affinity Medical Center in Massillon as they spoke out on the possible closure of the hospital. “Today in Massillon marks an opportunity for the people to regain their power over healthcare,” Kucinich said. “This is an opportunity to stand up and speak out. This […]

  • Prepared for snow: Cleveland Hopkins Airport ready for Old Man Winter

    CLEVELAND- The winter weather is slowly approaching and the Cleveland Hopkins Airport is making sure they are ready to go when those big snowstorms hit. This week is one of the biggest weeks of travel. Our meteorologists are predicting snow on one do the busiest days, this Sunday. The airport says they are ready. The snow removal team was out and about Tuesday going through dry run exercises. They practiced de-icing on the ice pads and pulled out their snow-melters, […]

  • Officials say Geauga County has ‘utter devastation’ after severe storms

    GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio — The Geauga County Sheriff’s Office says the county will have “utter devastation” after Sunday’s storms. Right now, county officials say the area was affected by “micro storms” or micro bursts,” but the National Weather Service is coming in later Monday to determine if there were any tornado touchdowns. There are multiple road closures and power outages in Geauga County, and officials are asking the public to be patient. Residents are asked to call the sheriff’s office […]

  • Mentor native captures Las Vegas shooting on video: ‘We have to get out of here’

    CLEVELAND — Cleveland native Russell Bleck was at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip, which was filled with people of all ages, from children to adults. Bleck said he started recording the terrifying scene, but at first didn’t know what was happening. He told Fox 8’s Jessica Dill that he initially thought it was fireworks or a music technology problem. He posted the video to Instagram, which caught the horrible sound of the rapid gunfire. […]

  • Elyria family says goodbye to father deported back to Mexico

    CLEVELAND, OH- An Elyria husband, father and caretaker is being deported to Mexico today after a stay of deportation to remain in the area was denied. Pedro Hernandez-Ramirez said goodbye to his family and is flying to Acapulco. “We just can’t get past leaving him at the gate alone,” his wife, Seleste Wisniewski-Hernandez said. “We’ll take it one day at a time, one step at a time. When my baby laid down last night he said I don’t want him […]

  • Coroner: Remains found off Pennsylvania shore are those of Cleveland plane crash victim

    ERIE, Pa. — Human remains found in Pennsylvania belong to a local plane crash victim, according to the Erie County Coroner’s Office. A fisherman found the remains in June in Lake Erie near Lake City. That’s about 80 miles northeast of Cleveland. DNA testing confirms the remains were from one of the victims in the crash that killed six people just off the Cleveland shore in December. The remains of three victims have been found so far: the pilot, John […]

  • NE Ohio power crews leave Akron to help with Hurricane Irma efforts

    AKRON, Ohio — About two dozen linemen and trucks left Akron Thursday morning, heading to Florida to help those affected by Hurricane Irma.  Eight FirstEnergy linemen and four trucks left the Akron garage to meet up with dozens of others from Ohio Edison. They’ll meet up with an additional 50 workers who left last week and who are now in Sarasota. They expect people could be without power for weeks, so crews know they may be down there for a […]

  • Local paramedics heading to Florida to help those in the path of Hurricane Irma

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio- As Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida, people down south are packing up and fleeing the state. However some from Northeast Ohio are driving right into the danger in order to help others. A group of ambulances left Ohio this week and drove all the way to Florida to help people get prepared for the worst. ***Track Hurricane Irma here*** Three squads from Community Care ambulance left the Oakwood area at six Thursday morning. They arrived in […]

  • More than a thousand participate in the 5th Annual Fox 8 Fox Trot!

    CLEVELAND–  The city of Cleveland was rocking Sunday, with more than a thousand people taking over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Plaza for the 5th annual Fox 8 Fox Trot. “We couldn’t have asked for a better day, the weather is just right and we just want to thank everyone for coming out and all their support,” Tracy McCool said. McCool joined Lou Maglio as hosts of the event. “The Fox 8 Fox Trot is about giving back,” […]