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.
The Savannah Police Department has been handling a lot of shootings lately. Since Sept. 1, police have handled about 44 incidents involving guns. 29 of those involve people being shot at, injured, or killed.