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Jessica Eley joined the FOX4 News Team in April 2019.

Born and raised in Kansas City, she is happy to be back in her hometown, working for the station she grew up watching.

Before joining the FOX4 news team, Jessica was a sports anchor at WRDW/WAGT in Augusta Georgia. While there, she covered three memorable Masters tournaments, including Tiger Woods’ 2019 win, The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, the University of Georgia, South Carolina and Clemson athletics. Her first job was as a sports anchor in Greenville, Mississippi.

Jessica has a Master’s of Science in Broadcast Journalism with a Sports Communications Emphasis from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She has a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Appalachian State. While at App State, she competed in Division I volleyball on a full scholarship.

Jessica is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She’s also a member of NABJ. When Jessica’s not at work, she’s spending time with her husband and son, who keep her busy! She enjoys traveling, working out and reading.

If you see Jessica out and about, say hi! Also, she’s always looking for a story idea.

Recent Articles
  • ‘A big impact’: Groundbreaking ceremony held for new grocery store in downtown KCK

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s been a long time coming, but people who live in downtown KCK will soon have a new neighborhood grocery store to call their own. Right now, folks who live in eastern KCK said they have to travel at least 20 minutes to a store that sells fresh produce. “I believe because of the disparities in health, we need quality produce to come into the neighborhood,” KCK resident Sarah Armwood-Moses said. But that’ll change soon. On […]

  • Crime Commission collecting ideas for anti-gun initiatives through $75K grant

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kiddie Depot has been on the corner of 35th Street and Woodland Avenue for just over a year. Although its owners are doing all they can to ensure the kids and employees inside are safe, they’d like to see the city do the same for the surrounding area. “We still have a lot of children down here that still need that fighting chance,” Penny McCant said. She and her husband Myron McCant’s daycare serves dozens […]

  • Customers face parking issues at popular Olathe store

    OLATHE, Kan. — There aren’t very many cars in the parking lot of the Southwest Plaza in Olathe Monday but on Saturday, it overflowed with vehicles. Shoppers looking to do bargain hunting at the It’s $5 and Maj-R Thrift stores. Over the weekend, several shoppers had to shell out more than expected after their cars were towed. “Very sad because it’s too much money,” Gabby Ramirez said. Both Ramirez and Mark Rinke said they were legally parked when their cars […]

  • Thousands enjoy final day of US Gymnastics Championships, witnessing history

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was an unforgettable weekend for gymnastics fans. Thousands flocked to Kansas City to see the top athletes in the sport perform. Before wrapping up the final day of the meet, folks enjoyed time outside Sprint Center at Fan Fest. From bouncy houses to face painting, Gymnastics Championships Fan Fest was a kids’ dream. “It’s an amazing experience,” Tai Engles said. Sunday afternoon was about the fans — but they came to see the top gymnasts […]

  • Teammates excited for local trio of gymnasts to perform at US Gymnastics Championships

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — There’s a lot on the line this weekend for three local athletes competing here in Kansas City in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. With at least six spots up for grabs on the national team, there’ll be plenty of people in the stands cheering them on at the Sprint Center. Thursday was a typical day at the Great American Gymnastics Express Center where young gymnasts flip and fly through the air, perfecting their skills. But starting Friday, […]

  • North Kansas City schools participate in active shooter training to prepare for the unexpected

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — On Wednesday, the North Kansas City School District started active shooter training.  It’s to make sure teachers and staff are well prepared for a worse case scenario. Teachers learn the best way to barricade themselves inside a classroom at Antioch Middle School This is just one of the many lessons taught during the district’s mandatory active shooter training. “You can’t live like that. You can’t say it won’t happen in North Kansas City,” 2nd grade teacher, Christine […]

  • Family and friends use triathlon to honor fallen Navy SEAL

    SMITHVILLE, Mo. — Tuesday marks eight years since a CH-47 Chinook, named Extortion 17, was shot down in Afghanistan. It’s the deadliest single incident, since the Afghan war started almost 20 years ago. Kearney man and Navy SEAL, Matt Mason was among those who lost their lives that day. Mason’s friends and family have kept his name alive. The last seven years, athletes have treaded through the waters at Smithville Lake in the Cowboy Up Triathlon. It’s a race to […]

  • People in the metro and across the nation learning to cope with aftermath of mass shootings

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, along with the shooting Friday night in Kansas City’s Crossroads district have many people in the metro and across the country dealing with a traumatic aftermath. “Unfortunately its become a reality in our world, even though it’s scary and it’s sad,” Heather Hoskins said. “I guess it makes a person more aware.” “Usually something, if something happens just like the recent (shootings) people are usually […]

  • Overland Park event venue leaves couples without a place for their wedding

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — People plan for months and sometimes even years to make sure their big day is special. Elliot Holcomb and her fiance, Kenny Olson, woke up this morning, thinking they’d be putting the finishing touches on their dream wedding. Now they have to start much of the planning over. Their wedding was supposed to be at Noah’s Event Venue in March 2020. But this morning, Noah’s sent an email saying it’ll be closing the doors at its […]

  • ‘It’s a thing of beauty’: Metro yarn shop bans hate speech to ensure inclusivity

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The owner of one metro yarn shop is taking a little bit of the “social” out of her business. It’s all about what you can and can’t say. Trish Fitzsimmons put the finishing touches on a project Wednesday as she prepared to open the doors to her business, Yarn Social. It’s a yarn shop for fiber art lovers. People can shop, learn to knit and also participate in weekly knitting circles during social hours. “It’s a […]

  • Mahomes Mania and fans’ high expectations continue at Chiefs training camp

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Chiefs are one of the hottest tickets in the NFL this season, and Patrick Mahomes is a big reason why. So of course, there were a lot of people in St. Joseph on Tuesday to catch the NFL MVP in action before the season begins. Chiefs fans packed the stands at Missouri Western for a chance to catch a glimpse of their favorite players. Many fans sported their best Chiefs gear. The Chiefs QB was […]

  • KC girl donates money from lip balm business to help kids with autism and disabilities

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nine-year-old Mariah Turner is in the kitchen, creating her latest batch of lip balms. Mariah runs her own business, selling lip care and bath products — all of which she hand makes. “Me and my mother just looked up different ways to make natural lip balms. We looked up different ways, and we watched a few videos. Then we tried it,” Mariah said. She launched the business a year ago to help her parents. She wanted […]

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