In 2009, Jessica was the recipient of the Charles Gibson Fellowship at ABC News. She is currently working as a Desk Assistant for ABC Weekend News. She has also interned at the Tampa Tribune covering immigration and at the Miami Herald where she interned as a multimedia reporter on the business desk.

Jessica is the product of a military family.  The longest she’s lived anywhere is the four years she spent in Virginia for college at Washington and Lee University. Her travels during college led her from the blue mountains of the Shenandoah Valley to India, Senegal and Barbados. Some of the photos shown above are from her travels.

It was this traveling that helped her discover her love of journalism and its importance. A woman in rural Virginia may never meet a Senegalese woman on her own, but a journalist can introduce the two to each other through telling the stories of both women. Jessica is interested in telling stories that cross cultures to reflect the common threads that we all share.