Hometown Pittsburgh, PA
Birthday Sept. 23
A lifelong reader with a passion for plot, it was only natural that Jessica continue her love-affair with words by becoming a journalist.
A graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in Communications/Journalism, Jessica landed her first reporting job with The Penn-Trafford Star, a weekly newspaper owned by Trib Total Media. Jessica helped launch the paper, which went on to have one of the highest circulations in the Trib family of weeklies. As the sole reporter for the paper (where she did everything from type up school lunch menus to cover breaking news), Jessica racked up six Keystone Press Awards in the statewide competition for feature beat reporting, news beat reporting, general news, and a personality profile.
From Penn-Trafford, Jessica became a reporter for The Sentinel, a daily newspaper in beautiful Carlisle, PA. She added three more Keystone Awards (for spot news, news feature and a feature story) to her resume before moving back to her hometown of Pittsburgh to rejoin her then fiancee and take a job as a general assignment reporter with The Beaver County Times.
Jessica also spent time in marketing and copy-writing -- and even started a fashion blog -- before returning to her journalistic roots as the Local Editor for Cranberry Patch. She couldn't be more thrilled.
Along with her husband and two dogs -- Jackson and Tucker -- Jessica lives in Cranberry. When she's not busy covering the community, you can find her curled up with a glossy magazine (preferably People or InStyle), sipping on a sugar-free vanilla latte or gabbing over a glass of wine with the neighborhood gals. Much to the chagrin of her husband, she adores home improvement projects. It's good thing her dad is a contractor!
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How would you describe your political beliefs?
I base my vote on facts and on who I think would do the best job serving our community.
How religious would you consider yourself?
I was raised Catholic. I count my husband and my family among my blessings.