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
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  • Alleged CenturyLink, Evergy bill dispute leaves many in eastern Jackson County without internet

    BUCKNER, Mo. — A CenturyLink internet outage is hitting customers in eastern Jackson County, and one family affected says this is a never-ending problem. It’s been a week since Mike Meier has been able to connect to the internet from his home in Buckner. It’s a big inconvenience for Meier, who works from home for an IT company. “That happens a fair amount of times because CenturyLink will drop out occasionally — but then it didn’t come back,” he said. […]

  • Local organization throws Christmas party for kids battling cancer

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s a holiday tradition for one metro organization. Throwing a Christmas party for kids battling cancer. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society partnered with Children’s Mercy Hospital to celebrate this holiday season with kids who have cancer, and their families. More than 200 children played games, built gingerbread houses and listened to holiday music. Santa Claus was in the house too. For organizers, they’re pleased to know they made a difference in the children’s day. “This is […]

  • Local mother and two sons graduate college in the same semester

    MERRIAM, Kan. — It’s celebration time for Barbara Kelly and her two sons, Jacob and Luke Burkholder. All three will graduate from college this semester. “It’s something we can share and relate to at the same time,” Luke Burkholder said. Kelly walked across the stage last month, with a Masters degree from Spring Arbor University, and is now a certified family nurse practitioner. “I never dreamed that when I got started, we’d graduate within weeks of each other,” Kelly said. […]

  • UMKC introduces mental health app to addresses wellness on campus

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  • Local artist designs Chiefs’ custom cleats with a special meaning for Sunday’s game

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When the Chiefs travel to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots this weekend, they’ll be rocking a new look, and it’s all for a good cause. Lawrence artist John Sebelius takes pride in his work, especially in one of his latest projects — designing custom cleats for Chiefs players. “It’s really exciting,” he said before the big debut. “I think that’s what kind of keeps me going through the three months, kind of in […]

  • New mixed-income apartments open in Pendleton Heights with a focus on local artists

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  • Chiefs players spend time giving back to Chiefs Kingdom during bye week

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  • Chiefs fans brave cold and windy weather to watch team

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  • Thanksgiving is just another day on the job for Olathe firefighters

    OLATHE, Kan. — It may be Thanksgiving, but for some Olathe firefighters, it’s just another day on the job.  A holiday filled with emergency runs namely putting out house fires and responding to car crashes. “It’s not easy. Especially at the beginning but you get used to it,” Olathe Fire Department Captain, Paul Craft said. In between all the calls, they still make time to celebrate thanksgiving together as a family. “Sometimes our daily routines are changed a little bit […]

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  • One person shot in front of Big T’s Bar B Q during robbery

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