I’m a multi-platform producer with more than a decade of experience producing premium content and managing teams. I’m an expert storyteller with a background that includes breaking news, lifestyle features, celebrity interviews, sports & documentary-style production. I’m a newsroom leader with unwavering commitment to my teams’ success. I’m well-respected in my industry with connections at every major network & cable channel, WGN, The Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Tonight, Buzzfeed & more.
Report breaking news with journalistic integrity and responsibility on the air and online for Chicago’s #1 news source. Craft stories for live & digital broadcasts, including scripting, video, and graphics. Desktop video & audio editing.
Serving as the primary media representation on the organization’s event planning committee. Responsible for securing media & talent sponsorships and donations. A member of the video production team. Crafts press releases and official solicitations.
Deborah’s Place opens doors of opportunity for women who are homeless in Chicago. Supportive housing and services offer women their key to healing, achieving their goals and moving on from the experience of homelessness.
Launched Chicago’s newest morning TV show. 2nd in charge of 30+ employees. Directly responsible for 10 full-time hires. Developed branding, digital content marketing & social media strategies. Implemented new restructured workflow from previous morning show, which included difficult decisions, hiring & layoffs. Planned, managed & executed meetings, projects, and large-scale promotional events.
Promoted to Senior Supervisor of full-time staff in 2014. Daily decision-maker in the creative & editorial processes. Before promotion, thrived in roles as line & segment producer, booking & developing segments with acclaimed chefs, local newsmakers, musicians & celebrities. Took a lead role in producing an unprecedented 10 hours of original programming on location in Hawaii. Planned & executed station events, which included contests, talent appearances & other major marketing initiatives. Managed social media accounts.
Produced the 5:30pm local newscast on weekdays. Pitched story ideas in editorial staff meetings. Produced election coverage. Managed assignment desk on weekend & overnight shifts.
Produced local morning newscasts on weekdays & weekends. Directly responsible for 2 part-time hires. Expected to make responsible editorial decisions on journalistic content, including breaking news. Managed assignment desk & on-call crews on overnight shifts.
Produced local newscasts in every time slot. Managed assignment desk & news crews on evening, overnight, and weekend shifts. Led the production of a sweeps special on a local military vet killed in action.
Minors in Film & Political Science
Division 1 Athlete
The star of "White Famous" on Showtime visits "The Jam" studio, and the hosts put his famous impression skills to the test.
The iconic Regis Philbin co-hosts "You & Me" for a day, and when he's done, the girls send him off in style.
The Oscar-winner discusses her open relationship & her feud with Tyler Perry & Oprah.
Award-winning composer and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro visits Jeanne & Melissa during their on-location week-long broadcast from Waikiki.
2-year-old Owen has spent nearly every single day of his young life in the hospital with not one but two very rare conditions. He's alive today thanks to doctors who completely rebuilt his heart and to his mother who was a match for his recent liver transplant. The Fochlers just spent their first Christmas at home together as a family, and "The Jam" surprised them with the ultimate gift!
The Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg stops by "The Jam" studio with his favorite gadgets for students headed back to school. They start at just $9.99!
Meet Zach Jeppsen, a 17-year-old student who travels all the way from Wisconsin to Chicago for school, all for the love of dance. The commute takes him 6 hours round-trip 6 days a week! And "The Jam" had a few surprises in store for Zach during his visit to the studio.
"The Jam" catches up with Edna, a college graduate who was thrust into homelessness after an unfortunate turn of events. With the help of Deborah's Place, she's overcome her barriers to secure her own apartment, even after the tragic death of her adult son.
Jessica is smart, hard-working, and energetic as well as being the voice of reason in an often unreasonable business. She’s a leader who knows how to react in times of crisis, and she makes my job as a manager easier. You’re doing yourself a HUGE favor by bringing her onto your team!
Executive Producer, "The Jam" on WCIU
I have personally worked along side Jessica and can tell you she’s one of the most creative, hard-working people I know. In addition to being a very skilled producer, she’s also a respected leader. She manages by example, is calm under pressure, and a pleasure to be around. She enjoys mentoring and developing talent, and is firm but thoughtful when giving direction/feedback.
Co-Executive Producer, "Entertainment Tonight"
I worked with Jessica for about 7 years. She is thorough, reliable, creative, and open to others’ ideas and critiques. She’s a team player who’s able to develop an idea into a fully-executed project (whether it’s hers or not), and manage all the people and elements needed to complete it along the way. She works well under pressure, which is a constant state of affairs on a daily live broadcast. She’s also good at managing resources and manpower. I would highly recommend Jessica as a co-worker I depend on.
Chicago Media Personality & Founder of The Spoken Bird