From a young age, Jessi knew she wanted to be on television sharing stories. Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, while most kids were watching cartoons, she was watching the local news dreaming of one day being a reporter.
She originally attended college in New York City to achieve that dream as a dance major and journalism minor, but fate had different plans. After breaking her foot three times , she decided to concentrate just on journalism. It was then that she transferred to Arizona State University to attend the world-renowned Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix.
Once there, she immersed herself in the courses and internships to further her learning. She has had internships with PHX 11, the local government channel, a social media optimization firm, and was a production intern for AZTV's Morning Scramble.
Her senior year, she was the anchor and investigative reporter for the award-winning newscast "Cronkite News" aired on PBS. There, she reported on a numerous amount of stories with topics ranging from Valley Fever, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome effects in adults, the Arizona primary election, human trafficking rings in Tucson, and a long-forum piece on wrongful convictions and the lack of compensation for those acquitted in Maricopa County.
It was during her time in Cronkite News that she realized her true passion for storytelling and meeting new people. She is thrilled to be a part of the WSBT 22 team and to get to know the people in the community.
In her free time, Jessi enjoys taking ballet classes, trying new foods, spending time with her family, and playing with her two wiener dogs, Greta and Fritz.
Email Jessi here.