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
  • 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,” […]

  • Ohio emergency crews called to help with Hurricane Harvey

    Dayton, OH – Emergency crews from across the country have been called in to help with Hurricane Harvey, including crews from Ohio. Ohio Task Force 1, a Dayton-based search and rescue team, was activated late Thursday night. The team immediately started loading up trucks with supplies. Forty-nine members of the group are on the way down to San Antonio, Texas. Fourteen vehicles in the team convoy left at three this morning by state police escort. They plan on arriving in […]

  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District heads back to school today

    CLEVELAND — Put away the swimsuits and pull out the pens and pencils! Thousands of students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District head back to school for the first day. CEO Eric Gordon will be greeting students as they head back through the doors for the first time. The Cleveland schools have gone through big changes as they work under The Cleveland Plan. The goal is to ensure every child attends a high-quality school, and that parents have a multitude […]

  • Suspect in serious condition after officer-involved shooting in Cleveland

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 22-year-old man is in stable condition after an officer-involved shooting on the city’s east side. According to Cleveland police, at 9:33 a.m. Friday members of the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Unit were serving a warrant in connection with the homicide of Dominic Rutherford. That murder happened Nov. 16 in the area of 9105 Denison Avenue. While police attempted to serve the warrant, McKale Hill, 22, was shot by a member of the fugitive unit. He was taken […]

  • Jury to resume deliberations in case of Ohio trooper killed on Interstate 90

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A jury is still deliberating the fate of the driver charged in the death of Ohio State Highway Patrolman Kenneth Velez.  Closing arguments wrapped up in the case Tuesday. Attorneys for both sides delivered their final statements to try to convince the jury of why Joshua Gaspar is guilty or not guilty. Gaspar is facing multiple charges including aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of Velez nearly one year ago. Velez was outside his patrol car on […]

  • $7 million bond for suspect in two deadly Akron fires

    AKRON, Ohio — An arraignment hearing was Wednesday morning for Stanley Ford, the man accused of two fatal fires in Akron, killing nine people. Ford, 58, appeared via video at the Summit County Courthouse. Last week, Ford was indicted on multiple charges, including 22 counts of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications. He pleaded not guilty and prosecutors requested a $7 million bond. Ford is accused of starting three fires within a block of his home. One fire, in January, […]