Jessie McDonough is thrilled to be back in her home state of Pennsylvania reporting on the stories that matter most to her friends and family. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, P.A. She loves the area so much she even has a weekly series called "Proudly Pennsylvanian" where she tells stories about the people that make up the fabric of Pennsylvania.
Jessie started her career in South Bend, Indiana where she made her mark telling the stories of families who were affected by gun violence. She also reported on a plane crash into a neighborhood, the brutal winters from the Lake effect snow from Lake Michigan and of course the Fighting Irish Notre Dame Football Team.
From South Bend, Jessie took a break from the cold and took her next job as a reporter in Jacksonville, Florida. When Jessie wasn't laying at the beach, she was covering rip currents and the constant summertime gun violence that wreaked havoc on the city's North and West side. She also got the chance to cover Navy Drug Busts and interview high powered politicians like Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Jessie wanted to diversify her skill set, so she took a job as the Morning Anchor in El Paso, Texas. There she woke up bright and early to deliver the news from the desk and also produced a Noon show. Jessie covered the mental health crisis extensively in the Borderland. She also got to cover the Pope's historic visit to El Paso's sister city Juarez.
Jessie attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Go Sun Devils!
When she isn't running around the newsroom, Jessie enjoys cooking! Her best dish is her spaghetti squash casserole.
She spends a lot of time with puppies Izzy and Theo.