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Since Jessica Gertler joined the News Channel 3 team as a general assignment reporter in August 2013, every day in the Mid-South is feeling more like home.

Jessica started her career in Montgomery, Alabama where she spent three years as a general assignment, political and investigative reporter. She covered the aftermath of the deadly tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa in 2011, and the Midland City standoff where a child was held hostage in an underground bunker for a week.

Jessica is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she majored in journalism and electronic media. During her college career, she interned at Country Music Television (CMT), WVLT-TV in Knoxville, and WTVF-TV in Nashville. She was born in San Francisco, California. Her family moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was a teenager. That’s when she fell in love with sweet tea, Southern hospitality and of course, SEC football (Go Vols!).

Outside of work, you can find Jessica spending time with family and friends, volunteering, trying new restaurants, traveling and reading.

Jessica enjoys how every day is different at News Channel 3. She loves meeting new people and telling the stories that matter most. Have a story idea? Send her a message through email at Jessica.gertler@wreg.com or Twitter @jgertler_WREG3.

Recent Articles
  • Keystone Elementary teacher accused of hitting student

    "Any reports involving the safety of our students are taken very seriously," SCS said in an e-mail.

  • Crittenden Regional Hospital closes emergency room

    WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — Crittenden Regional Hospital’s emergency room is closed for good, and employees only had a few hours notice before it happened. The rest of the hospital will close next month after years of debt and two crippling fires. ER doctors and nurses took a minute to give hugs and final goodbyes on Wednesday. It was their last day. The doors shut for good around 7 p.m. “It is a heartbreaking time to have to close a hospital […]

  • Shelby County teachers threaten to stage a sickout

    SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Shelby County teachers threatened to stage a sickout if they don’t get more money. Teachers said it’s been three years since they’ve had a raise, and they’re frustrated. Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said he heard about the threats, and he’s hoping teachers don’t go through with it. Teachers told WREG they are fed up and determined. Tuesday night, they laid into the school board. Their main concern: not getting paid what they were promised. “You need to […]

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    Witnesses: Man threw AR-15 in bushes before running from police

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police searched Monday for a man with a gun, but were unable to locate him. Officers said they were trying to serve a warrant on Trigg when the car spend off Monday afternoon. “Several cop cars came flying and two [Organized Crime unit] cars came flying next,” said Keith Brown, who lives near the crime scene. Brown and other neighbors watched the chase, and said they couldn’t believe when two men jumped from a silver Lexus while […]

  • Mother of five dead, child critically injured after shooting

    Police are still looking for the suspects, who got away in a white four-door car.

  • Man with disability needs help finding his service dog

    MARION, Ark. — A Colorado man with a disability needs your help finding his service dog last spotted in Marion, Ark. “I have basically scoured the whole highway,” said the dog’s owner, Mark Urich. “Just walking and calling him.” Urich got into Marion Thursday. It’s where his service dog, Jackson, ran away late Tuesday night. His brother, Cody Gay, was taking the dog across the country for him when he got into a head-on collision on Highway 64 and 118. […]

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    Sweltering temperatures affect outdoor activities, send kid to hospital

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Mid-South is feeling the heat. Sweltering temperatures are back, and they’re impacting outdoor activities like high school football. According to TSSAA, practices and games are banned if the heat index is above 104 degrees. Wednesday, the heat index was at 104 degrees. The East High football team played it safe by pushing back practice to the evening and making sure everyone stays hydrated. Coaches offered plenty of water and breaks. Players also took advantage of it […]

  • MLGW cuts off power at Leahy’s Mobile Home Park after judge said not to

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MLGW makes a mistake, cutting off power to people living at a mobile home park even though a judge said to leave the lights on. The owner of Leahy’s Mobile Home Park failed to pay $51,000 in utility bills, thereby forcing residents to move. A judge said today he wants to give them time to find new homes before turning the power off, so he’s giving them until September 3. Around 30 families still live at the […]

  • Criminals stop a man’s fight against blight in Binghampton

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Criminals are stopping one man’s fight against blight in Binghampton. He was hoping if he fixed one home, there would be a domino effect. “I had a vision. I saw potential in this property,” said Deon Spight. Some people told him it would never work, that he was crazy to invest in any home on Carpenter. Now, he’s starting to agree. Spight said when he first bought the home last year, things went great. He slowly fixed […]

  • Mother says gang members jumped her daughters on the way home from school

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Southeast Memphis mother said gang members, posing as high school students, jumped her 14- and 12-year-old daughters on their way home from school. “I was horrified and still am. I still haven’t be able to fully watch the video, because it’s my children,” said Louise Sowers. Cellphone cameras were rolling when her daughters were attacked last Wednesday. Witnesses posted the video on Facebook. WREG is told the attackers bragged about what happened. “They are gang members. They […]

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    Shooting leaves one dead, two injured

    Police have retrieved footage from a nearby security they installed last month.

  • Mother says son didn’t mean to shoot his girlfriend

    FALKNER, Miss. — A teenage girl was reportedly shot in the chest by her boyfriend Wednesday. It happened on County Road 412 in Tippah County in the town of Falkner. The girl is in Memphis at Regional Medical Center undergoing surgery. Investigators said the bullet hit her in the side of her chest and never left her body, so until surgery is over, we won’t know how bad her injuries are. The boyfriend’s mother, Christy Mason, was home when it happened […]


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