Jessica Schmidt - News

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Current Location  -  WXIX Cincinnati, Ohio


Represented by  -  John Butte

Career Summary

Jessica Schmidt is hitting home runs in Cincinnati and it suits this native Cincinnatian just fine! Jessica has been the Sunday night anchor and late news go-to reporter for Cincinnati's "FOX19 NOW" news team since September 2016. Getting home was a career goal and she is happy for it, and so is Cincinnati, with readers of its popular arts and culture publication, City Beat, frequently voting in Jessica as Cincinnati's "Best Journalist" and "Best News Anchor".

Jessica has Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from Kent State University. Jessica shined as an anchor, reporter, and acting news director with KSU's award-winning student-run college television station, TV2. Highlighjts included reporting from India with TV2-Communication’s “International Storytelling” program.

Jessica was quickly encouraged up the ladder out of college working at WFIE-TV in Evansville, Indiana. She was promoted from G.A. reporter to WFIE’s weekend anchor/producer and primary night-side reporter within a year. Jessica quickly established herself as a leader in the newsroom.

Today she covers presidential visits, tells stories of national attention and maintains a standard of excellence for “FOX19 NOW”s weekend newscast ratings. She is the only reporter in the market to travel to Washington D.C. four times to cover a local Honor Flight program for honors college veterans.

" When Jessica isn’t reporting or anchoring, she’s spending time with her husband, family & friends, or relaxing with her kitty, Mr. Skittles. With one or all of them (excluding Mr.Skittles), they’ll all be at the ballpark pulling for her Reds.


Three Years


Bachelor of Science, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent State University

"Do you report facts or share info by telling stories?"