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!
WAYNE COUNTY, Ohio — A house explosion that happened early Wednesday in Wayne County is being investigated as a hate crime after racial slurs were found painted on the garage and nearby vehicles. According to Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson, it happened at around 1 a.m. at 6743 Spruce Street in Sterling, which is between West Salem and Rittman. Hutchinson said there was no electricity or gas to the home. A swastika and racist slurs were painted on the garage, […]
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — The mother of a three-year-old girl who drowned in a neighbor’s pool after slipping away from home said her daughter had autism and frequently ran away. Jessica Baksi, the mother of Aria Kalinich, said the little girl was non-communicative and that she just met with a doctor to come up with a solution. “We are heartbroken and we are still in shock,” she said. “I was trying to do everything I could to prevent this from happening […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Lifeguards will decide in the next couple of hours whether to reopen Huntington and Edgewater beaches after they were closed due to dangerous currents. High water levels and hazardous rip currents shut down the beaches Wednesday. The problem was the wind and the water working together. Lake Erie water levels are still at a record high, at some 14 inches above normal levels. The wind is also churning up the lake. Rip tides present an extreme danger […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Westlake woman is proving you’re only as old as you feel. Arlene Steuer, 92, was one of the first female attorneys in Cleveland. Today she’s still practicing law, but that’s only a small part of what makes her so special. Age is just a number, right? Well, 92 is definitely just a number for Arlene Steuer. Steuer is an attorney by day, sailboat skipper by night. ”I like the camaraderie of the people on the boat,” […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A former East Tech High School security guard was sentenced Wednesday to four years behind bars on multiple charges stemming from inappropriate relationships with students. Derrick Dugger, 29, was arrested in November. Court documents said he forced a 15-year-old girl to perform oral sex and sent students inappropriate photos on social media. Detectives said there were at least three victims. Dugger entered a guilty plea in June as part of a plea deal to have his charges […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio — In just over a week, Progressive Field is going to be covered with All-Stars from all over the country for the 2019 MLB All-Star game. However, one specific all-star is always at the field, and she doesn’t even play baseball. What makes Indians’ in-park host, Gabriella Kreuz, so special is her desire to help others through her nonprofit organization, Love Doesn’t Shove. If you’ve been to a Cleveland Indians game, you may recognize Gabriella Kreuz, or as […]
BARBERTON, Ohio – The city of Barberton is dealing with another day of flooding after more rain came through Monday morning. Barber Road suffered the most damage, with water leaving the road unpassable in multiple areas. Employees of businesses were left without a way to work unless it was by boat. Car dealerships at one end of Barber Road were stuck moving vehicles. An employee of Speedway said they opened up an area for some of the car dealerships to […]
SOLON, OH- The manufacturing industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers with millions of jobs possibly going unfilled for decades. Now one Northeast Ohio company, Vector Technical Inc., is doing everything they can to prevent that. “Made in America.” That’s something we all love to see, but is the manufacturing industry becoming too successful for its own good? “Since 2010 manufacturing has come back very strong and it’s increasing every year,” said Tim Bleich, who is the president and […]
AKRON, Ohio — Loved ones are sending their condolences to the family of the woman who collapsed and died during the Cleveland Marathon, Taylor Ceepo. Ceepo, from Medina, had just graduated from Walsh University a few weeks ago. Prior to that, she attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron. Monday her high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary, came together to honor Ceepo, who appeared to be an incredible student and person. “She had a beautiful smile and was very kind,” […]
LODI, Ohio — A special group in Northeast Ohio is helping parents who have gone through the unthinkable. The group, Sophia’s Smile, provides headstones for families who have lost a child. It’s all thanks to a grieving mother who is now coming to the rescue of others. However, Sophia’s Smile can only succeed with the help from donations. Beautiful memories is what keeps the Shaum family so strong. Their son and brother, Colby Hildreth, was your typical 14-year-old. He loved […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A new school building in Cleveland let’s students go swimming, play in the sand and jump on a jungle gym. Sunbeam may sound like a playground, but it’s actually a highly-beneficial school for children with autism. Since an autistic child’s surroundings can really impact their ability to learn, the staff says they are thrilled to have this new access. Penny Merritt has been an intervention specialist for nearly three decades, but her focus is now in the […]
BRUNSWICK HILLS, Ohio–The Medina man accused of impersonating a missing Illinois boy is now behind bars. Brian Rini, 23, is currently being held in a Hamilton County Jail. He has not been charged, but is on hold there waiting for the FBI to move him. Rini is no stranger to a jail cell. He was just released from prison on March 7 for a scheme he planned in Brunswick Hills. He spent 18 months behind bars for a destructive party […]