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!
MENTOR, Ohio– Police are investigating on Friday after rumors of a violent threat shut down Mentor High School. It came just hours after a 17-year-old student was arrested for assault. Mentor High School was closed Friday as the rumors began to spread of this potential threat, but the Police Chief Kenneth Gunsch said as of right now, that’s what the threat is: a rumor. “We have been investigating it. There are a lot of rumors going around, but nothing has […]
COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio – A group of Northern Ohio golfers are preparing for a trip to Arizona to compete in the PGA Junior League National Championship. This team is pretty special. Not only are they the first team in history to make it to the championship five years in a row, but they’re also the first team to have five girls competing. The Mallard Creek PGA Junior League consists of 10 golfers, ages 8 to 13 years old. They are […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The attorney for Frank Q. Jackson says his client is only facing assault charges because he is the mayor’s grandson. Those words coming after Jackson had a pretrial hearing Thursday morning. “I believe Frank is the victim here and he is being dragged through this because of who his grandfather is,” Jackson’s attorney, Jeffrey Saffold, said. “That’s unfortunate because we would all hate to have our grandchildren treated so horrible because of our place in life. Frank […]
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Longtime sportscaster and play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Fred McLeod, has died. The cause of death has not yet been released. The Cavaliers report McLeod died suddenly Monday evening. McLeod was 67-years-old. This is news that touches all of our hearts here at FOX 8 because not only did McLeod work here at WJW, but he was also the husband of our co-worker and dear friend, Meteorologist Beth McLeod. It’s with extreme sadness we share news […]
WILLOUGHBY, Ohio- We are just a few weeks away from Ohio Fashion Week, a time when local designers and models get to show off their talent on the runway. But this event is proving to be different from all others. It’s making sure all models feel welcome, no matter your age, appearance or ability. Cleveland history is rich in fashion. We used to be one of the biggest hubs for textile design in the world. Now, fashion is coming back, […]
HOCKING HILLS, Ohio – An investigation is underway into the mysterious death of a woman who was taking photos at Hocking Hills State Park. She was killed by part of a falling tree, but authorities say it appears it didn’t fall naturally. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) says photographer Victoria Schafer, 44, of Chillicothe was taking senior pictures of six high schoolers near Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills when part of a tree fell on her, killing […]
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 […]