Jessica Savage is an award-winning journalist who is the lead investigative reporter for WTOC-11, and anchor of the 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekday newscasts.
She grew up in Savannah and is a proud graduate of H.V. Jenkins High School. Jessica has a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University.
Early in her career, she worked as a newspaper reporter. In East Texas, her coverage of a murder investigation into the deaths of dialysis patients received industry recognition. It’s also where she developed a knack for accessing and analyzing public records.
She spent most of her career in South Texas where she worked for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and NBC-affiliate KRIS 6 News. Her series of investigative reports exposed plans by a school district to build a new high school campus in a Navy crash zone – despite written concerns from the U.S. Navy. Her series of reports prompted the school district to relocate the high school campus.
Jessica’s reporting also exposed a loophole in Texas election laws, which allowed a candidate to escort voters into the polls and help them cast ballots. She also uncovered false credentials touted by the mayor of Corpus Christi, which led to his abrupt resignation, and forced the city to hold a special election.
Jessica and her husband Steven are thrilled to be in Savannah. He works in public relations. They spend their free time exploring all the Coastal Empire has to offer with their two young children.
Ahmaud Arbery’s family attorney has said corruption played a part in the initial police investigation and handling of Arbery’s death. While he says the family weighs its options to sue, another family already has sued Glynn County Police Department for how it handled a different case.
At Tuesday’s COVID-19 news conference, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, along with the head of the local Georgia Legal Services office, explained why the next pandemic could be a wave of homelessness caused by evictions.
Mark Crowe’s passion for public service began as soon as he could legally do so. When he was a senior in high school, he signed up to be a volunteer firefighter at the then Pembroke-Bryan County Volunteer Fire Department.
Children who rely on school meal programs soon won't have that option. When schools close for the summer, so will the bus stop meal delivery program that's kept many kids fed through the COVID-19 pandemic.