Jessica De Nova
Jessica De Nova's passion for story-telling and digging for unique stories stems from her own American experience. She grew up in Santa Ana, California, as an undocumented immigrant after leaving Mexico at three years of age.

Throughout her life, she shared her story and often found support from her teachers, friends and community. She learned at an early age the power of sharing one's reality with the world and the importance of living in the United States, sin olvidar sus raices. Her parents taught her -- success comes with hard work and dedication.

She graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Her career in journalism began in 2012 in Southern Oregon where her husband worked as a firefighter. While with the CBS affiliate, KTVL, Jessica covered President Barack Obama's visit to Roseburg following the Umpqua Community College shooting. In 2016, Jessica hosted Morning Edition with Jefferson Public Radio, became a United States citizen, voted for the first time and ran her first marathon. She then made her way from the Cascades to the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she was the bureau reporter for the NBC affiliate, KPNX, later transferring to the station in Phoenix.

In 2017, Jessica was in Las Vegas for coverage of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting and to Florida to report on Hurricane Irma. She is excited to be back home to raise her daughter around family and is always looking for recommendations on a good place for a run or walk where a stroller and dogs are welcome.

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Jessica's Stories
OC retirement community helps nonprofit Working Wardrobes rebuild after devastating fire
A retirement community organized a clothing drive for Working Wardrobes, a nonprofit left devastated after a fire destroyed its headquarters in Irvine.
13-year-old animal rights advocate in Long Beach named Marvel hero
A 13-year-old animal rights advocate in Long Beach will soon be a hero in the Disney+ series "Marvel Hero Project" thanks to her activism.
Family of mentally ill Whittier man fatally shot by sheriff's deputies files federal suit against LA County
A federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a mentally ill Whittier man killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies last fall alleges that they should have put the victim on a psychiatric hold instead of shooting him in front of his loved ones.
XFL: LA Wildcats drop home opener against Dallas Renegades to fall to 0-2
The Los Angeles Wildcats dropped to a disappointing 0-2 on the season after losing their home opener Sunday against the Dallas Renegades 25-18.
Tustin apartment building fire leaves 2 injured; arson suspect arrested
A massive blaze at a two-story apartment complex sent plumes of smoke into the sky as more than 100 firefighters attempted to extinguish the flames early Wednesday morning.
Anaheim pastor arrested, accused of sexually assaulting minors
A pastor was arrested Thursday night following accusations of sexual assault by three female members of his church -- two of them were underage at the time of the alleged crimes.
Vigil honors memory of Alyssa Altobelli, 14-year-old killed in helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant
Friends and family gathered in Newport Beach to honor the memory of Alyssa Altobelli, a 14-year-old girl who died in the same helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant.
Garden Grove couple found dead in Tijuana remembered at funeral
Nearly three weeks after their disappearance, a funeral service brought some peace to the family of María Lopez and Jesus Lopez Guillen.
Before fatal flight, Kobe and daughter attended OC church, took communion, Eucharistic minister says
One of the last things Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna did before boarding the helicopter flight that led to their deaths was attend church and take communion, according to church officials.
Man killed, girl injured after car crashes into Tustin home, only feet away from group of sleeping teens
A man was killed and his 17-year-old female passenger was injured Saturday when the 20-year-old driver slammed his vehicle into a home in Tustin, according to police.