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!
CLEVELAND– The couple found guilty of murdering 4-year-old Aniya Day-Garrett were sentenced on Wednesday. Sierra Day, 24, received life in prison without the possibility of parole. Her boyfriend, Deonte Lewis, 27, was sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility of parole after 20 years. Judge Timothy McCormick called Day’s actions “callous.” “I cannot temper justice with mercy,” he said before handing down his sentence. Earlier this month, Day and Lewis were both found guilty of aggravated murder, murder, felonious […]
Cleveland, Ohio – The murder trial for Joseph McAlpin, the man accused of gunning down a couple who owned a car dealership in Cleveland, is set to get underway Monday. Jury selection will begin around 9am Monday morning but they say it could take up to a week to select the jury because this is a capital murder case. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the 31-year-old. Police say Joseph McAlpin and two others broke into Mister Cars on […]
WESTLAKE, Ohio — Terrifying statistics have recently come out on the amount of children molested. Approximately one in four girls, and one in six boys has been sexually abused by the age of 18. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, only 12 percent of child abuse is reported. That’s why one woman in Westlake has made it her mission to make sure all kids learn right from wrong at a young age. Cathy DuBois, an Intervention Specialist […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A pediatric heart surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital has not only been awarded for what he does in the surgery room, but also for what he does in his spare time. The Clinic is known for having impressive doctors and department heads, but one surgeon in particular really knows how to make people say, “Wow”. Meet Dr. Hani Najm! Dr. Hani Najm has been the chair of Congenital and Pediatric Heart Surgery at the Cleveland […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Columbia Station family is crediting a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic for saving their daughter’s life. Surgeons across the state declined to operate on Rebecca Sorensen because of the risky location of her brain tumor. All, except one doctor. Rebecca Sorensen is only 12 years old but what she went through the past few months is something harder than most go through their entire lives. She had two brain surgeries in three months. Sorensen is your […]
MANSFIELD, Ohio – An intense search is underway for a woman who was abducted at gunpoint from a college campus. Around 11:45 a.m. Monday, Skylar Williams, 20, was abducted at gunpoint from a parking lot at the Ohio State University campus in Mansfield. Authorities say she was kidnapped by 24-year old Ty’Rell Pounds, the father of her child. Investigators say he forced her into a rental car he was driving. “It was actually returned to Enterprise, where his personal vehicle […]
MENTOR, Ohio – The Deepwood Dancers from Lake County are going to the Olympics! The group has been selected to represent the United States in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. However, they need your help to make their dreams come true. Each of the eight dancers in the group, Deepwood Dancers, has been diagnosed with some type of developmental or cognitive disability. It’s clear not one of them is letting that hold them […]
LAKEWOOD, Ohio — New information has been released on the triple homicide near Tampa, Florida. A suspect connected to the crime was arrested Thursday night in Lakewood and police are now searching for his wife. Police say the victims are husband and wife, Richard Louis Ivancic, 71, and Laura Ann Ivancic, 59; and their son, Nicholas Ivancic, 25. Their bodies were found badly decomposed in a Tarpon Springs home on New Year’s Day. The bodies of three small dogs were also […]
LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Police are investigating a vehicle found in Lakewood in connection to a triple murder in Tarpon Springs, Fla. The homicide happened Tarpon Springs, which is just outside of Tampa. Police there say they found the bodies of three adults and three dogs at a mobile home on New Year’s Day. The bodies were in a state of advanced decomposition. Investigators were on the lookout for a vehicle in connection with the homicides that was listed as stolen, and […]
SANDUSKY, Ohio – An Indiana man is awaiting his court appearance after being accused of inappropriately touching young girls in Sandusky. It happened at the popular indoor water park, Kalahari Resorts. Brandon Arven, 21, remains behind bars in the Erie County Jail. He will have his first court appearance on Friday. Arven is facing gross sexual imposition charges. Police said on Sunday, three young girls told them a man touched their backsides on several occasions in the arcade area of […]
CLEVELAND — A Cleveland man found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend who had obtained a restraining order against him has been sentenced to life in prison. Dale Peters, 65, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering his ex-girlfriend, 65-year-old Laura Fruscella on Oct. 29, 2017. Laura had been stabbed and cut in the neck and left in the front yard of a home on Montrose Avenue. Peters was arrested after an hours-long standoff. Peters […]
WAYNE COUNTY, OH – The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says they believe a deputy who shot an armed suicidal man during a standoff Sunday did the right thing to protect the community. This all happened around 10:45 Sunday morning in Apple Creek. The Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for assistance from the Apple Creek Police Department. When they arrived they found a 60-year-old-man was behind a downtown business threatening to harm himself with the weapon. The sheriff’s office said […]