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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
  • St. Jude patient remembers her funny friend, Robin Williams

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tuesday, St. Jude remembered Robin Williams for all the smiles and laughter he brought to patients. The comedic actor was a huge supporter of the children’s hospital. He loved to spend time with patients and raise awareness for the hospital. Since 2009, 10-year-old Darcy Cassidy fought a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. St. Jude asked her to be in a commercial with Williams last year after she found out the tumor came back. “He was funny […]

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    Student says he brought loaded gun to school for protection

    The student told detectives he brought the gun for protection

  • Man beaten on Beale Street wants to know why no one helped him

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man recorded in a cellphone video while passed out in a pool of blood on Beale Street told WREG his side of the story. Jonathan Parker said he doesn’t remember much, but is disgusted no one helped him after a beer bottle was smashed over his head. Instead, people took pictures and videos, and stole his wallet, phone, even the clothes he was wearing. “It’s frustrating to see people leave me there like I’m kind of […]

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    Newborn found beside dumpster

    If you can help police identify the baby or the woman, call 901-636-3330.

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    Weirich keeps D.A. seat by besting Brown

    Vote totals here

  • Judge: Boarded-up building in downtown Memphis isn’t a nuisance

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An eyesore in the heart of downtown Memphis is here to stay. The city and Downtown Memphis Commission have tried everything to redevelop an abandoned building on Main Street for the past decade, because thousands of tourists and investors walk past it each week. “When they see a boarded up building, and they say, ‘What’s going on there?’ I have to say, ‘It’s been boarded up for years, and we can’t get it redeveloped.’ That kind of makes […]

  • Department of Justice to oversee Shelby County election

    The Department of Justice announced Tuesday afternoon it will oversee the August 7 elections in Shelby County.

  • African-American workers file racial harassment lawsuit against Memphis cotton gin

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A group of African-American workers filed a lawsuit against a Memphis cotton gin for racial harassment. In the fedral lawsuit filed Monday, the three workers said they told management at Attkinson Cotton Warehouse, Planters Gin Company of Memphis and Federal Compress that their supervisor was making racial attacks, but nothing was done about it, and they were even fired. One of the workers recorded a conversation with the supervisor and played it for WREG in June. The supervisor […]

  • Union leader takes crack at crime victim due to benefit cuts

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two young men were violently attacked in downtown Memphis. Carol Furr’s son told police the men opened his mouth, laid him on the curb and then stomped on the back of his head. “His jaws were wired shut, and he is at home recovering,” Furr told us. The other man attacked is the son of the owner of Huey’s, who asked for support online. Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams took issue with that because Huey’s is […]

  • South Memphis neighborhood fights back against crime

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — People in South Memphis said enough is enough. They’re taking back their neighborhood after four teens are shot in a drive-by. “Boom, boom, boom!” said an eight-year-old living in Foote Homes Community Complex off Vance. He didn’t learn that sound from a video game. He said it is gun shots in his neighborhood, including last week, when bullets went flying a few doors down from his home. “It sounded like a B.B. gun, but it was real […]

  • Union presents a plan to restore retiree and workers’ healthcare benefits

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Labor unions representing Memphis city workers now say they’re willing to increase insurance deductibles in order to restore health care coverage for their spouses and retirees, and to avoid a 24 percent increase in their premiums. The unions hope the plan presented Tuesday will give the city the savings it needs to help the underfunded pension. Mayor A C Wharton’s staff is promising to run the numbers to see if the savings add up to the $25 […]

  • Violent robberies in downtown Memphis have people taking action

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A group of mothers is demanding more security around Beale Street and in downtown Memphis after their sons were brutally attacked and robbed. “They want to beat these kids up and then the money is almost secondary,” said Wight Boggs. She and Carol Furr said their sons were walking to their car behind the FedEx Forum earlier this month when two men demanded their money. “They chased my son for almost three blocks to catch him and […]


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