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.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We Rock the Spectrum isn’t your typical indoor playground. It offers kids with special needs and those who are developing on track a place to let loose together. “The thing that’s wonderful, that I love about it, is that kids are in here and they’re learning, but they’re not being taught per se,” gym owner Fred Green said. Kids from the North Star Montessori School learn to play alongside others, who may be a little different. […]
LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Trust and communication goes a long way for the Lee’s Summit boy’s soccer team. “We know what each other is going to do without even necessarily having to say it. We trust each other, and that really helps on the field,” senior midfielder Ian Shores said. This year, the Tigers found their rhythm right away. “This year they’ve really gelled together as a team really fast,” Lee’s Summit coach Dave Wiebenga said. Lee’s Summit plays well […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On Thursday afternoon, students at East High School were busy planting. It’s part of their agricultural science classes. Kids learn farming techniques that they can take back home. “Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, you go to the store to get your food.’ They don’t really think or care about how it gets to your plate,” East senior Isasbella Hanke said. Kansas City Public School partners with Green Acres Urban Farm and Research Project to teach students how to […]
LAWRENCE, Kan. — NASCAR comes to Kansas Speedway next weekend for the playoffs, but some drivers are already in town. And on Tuesday NASCAR driver Tyler Reddick took a spin in a formula race car, built by KU’s Jayhawk Motorsports Team. Reddick normally drives the No. 2 Chevrolet in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series. On Tuesday, he was behind the wheel of Jayhawk Motorsports’ No. 21 Formula SAE race car. “It’s really cool. Obviously they’re doing things most adults don’t even understand […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An art sculpture in one Kansas City neighborhood has some people very upset. They say it’s attracting kids to a registered sex offender’s yard. People who live in the Blue Hills neighborhood said a bike sculpture is drawing lots of attention from kids. But they say, that isn’t a good thing. The hanging bike sculpture in his yard looks like a regular piece of art, but some people want it taken down. A woman who regularly […]
SHAWNEE, Kan. — Logan Pfeister is in her happy place, doing what she loves — running for Mill Valley’s Cross Country Team But she almost had the sport taken from her. “I was just just always really tired and out of energy, and I never really felt good,” Pfeister said. Pfeister found out she had a hole in her heart. This past July, she underwent an open heart surgery to correct the problem. “Right after the surgery, I really was […]
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Dozens of people gathered to remember the four people killed in a mass shooting early Sunday morning in Kansas City, Kansas. A difficult scene — emotional reaction as friends and relatives mourn Everado Meza, Francisco Garcia-Anaya, Alfredo Calderon and a fourth victim, who police haven’t identified yet. Celeste Trevino was at the bar early Sunday morning when the gunmen started to spray the place with bullets. She said she would’ve been shot if Meza didn’t push […]
PLATTE CITY, Mo. — Mackenzie Peer isn’t your typical 18-year-old. For now, she’s putting college on the back burner to pursue a full-time career as an equestrian. “It was kind of like my little kid dream. Like how other girls want to be like a princess or a ballerina or an astronaut or whatever your dream job is as a kid,” Peer said. It started as a fun family activity — but Peer quickly found her calling. “My younger brother, […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Taking an at-home DNA test kit is easy. You spit into a tube and send it back to a company. A few weeks later, you’ll get back information about yourself and your ethnicity, even possible health risks. Although it might seem like a great opportunity, the issue of at-home DNA tests might not be as simple as it seems. Kyle Kuhlman spends countless hours sifting through old family photos and documents — all in an effort […]
LENEXA, Kan. — St. James Academy volleyball is working to be the best. “I think we have a really great team chemistry on and off the court,” senior libero Ellie Bolton said. That chemistry, mixed with the Thunder’s talent, has made this team unstoppable. So far, the Thunder is 16-0 — only dropping two sets. “I think it’s definitely our mental toughness and how strong we are together. We really rely on each other to build each other up and […]
OAK GROVE, Mo. — One metro school district is coming under fire after a parent complained that the schools are violating students’ constitutional rights. The Oak Grove School District recently received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, alleging the school district has broken several laws in regard to separation of church and state. The Freedom From Religion Foundation said an Oak Grove parent contacted them with several complaints — things such as prayers before faculty meetings, teaching creationism, […]
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Suiting up for Blue Springs South feels a little more special for McKenna Lester this season. Last season the junior first baseman tore her ACL. “When I tore it, it was obviously probably the biggest thing, impact of my life,” Lester said. “Probably the worst thing ever.” Lester’s road to recovery wasn’t easy but her teammates have been there every step of the way, encouraging her. “On days when it hurts really bad, we’re just always […]