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Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California

Jessica Porter

Class of 2011, Master's

Jessica Porter is a reporter and anchor originally from Southern California. She grew up in West Covina, CA and knew she always wanted to be a broadcast journalist.

Jessica attended California State University, Fullerton and majored in Communications. After college she traveled to Europe and the Middle East but knew she wanted to further her education. She was accepted into USC Annenberg's graduate program. While there she was a reporter for the colleges nightly newscast ATVN and was also published in the Los Angeles Times. After graduate school she headed to the Northwest and worked as an Anchor for KVAL-TV in Eugene, Ore.

In her free time Jessica enjoys hiking and salsa dancing. And is currently working towards running a half marathon.

She believes journalism is about connecting and telling stories that make an impact. 


What were your duties at ATVN? :

Reporter, Graduate Associate

Orange County works to ban sex offenders from parks

April 5, 2011

The Orange County district attorney wants a new law keeping registered sex offenders from public places

Japan relief efforts slower than other recent disasters

March 22, 2011

Donations to Japan are slower than in other recent disasters but local groups say they aren't worried.

Local Japanese American residents react to the earthquake

March 11, 2011

Residents and business owners of Little Tokyo are in shock

City council proposes to dissolve the City of Vernon

March 1, 2011

The L.A. city council endorsed a proposal to dissolve the small industrial town, despite hundreds of protesters who oppose it.

LAUSD layoffs more than 5,000 employees

February 15, 2011

New study claims red-light cameras prevent accidents

February 1, 2011

One study claims red light cameras have reduced traffic accidents in Los Angeles.

Person of interest in the Ronni Chasen murder case commits suicide

December 2, 2010

A person of interest in the Ronni Chasen murder case committed suicide before police could question him.


November 18, 2010

The UC Board of Regents voted to increase tuition by eight percent, and students say they're hurting.


November 4, 2010

The city of L.A. overturned a ban on raves at the Coliseum, and not all of the decision makers are...

Democrats and Republicans weigh in on the impact of President's visit

October 21, 2010

Democrats and Republicans weigh in on the impact of President Obama's visit to the USC campus.

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