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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
  • 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 […]

  • Police: Robbers hid behind trees at park, beat victims with tree branches

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are looking for the suspects who targeted Audubon Park Monday after several reports that walkers and joggers were under attack. Police said the suspects were targeting innocent victims with tree branches. Cop cars lined the paths as the sun started to rise Monday morning. A man told police he was jogging when several men, who were hiding behind trees, hit him in the head with branches and then tried to rob him. Police said the victim […]

  • Leahy’s mobile home park tenants get more time to move after they find out manager owes $51,000

    Tenants of Leahy's mobile home park won't have their electricity and water disconnected next week after all.

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    Is this the nastiest election yet in Shelby County?

    SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Just six days into early voting in Shelby County, and people are already calling it the nastiest election they’ve seen. Poll workers, candidates, and even party leaders admit things are getting dirty. Thursday, Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson said there was an electrical glitch at three polling places. He’s worried ballots were tampered with, so he is calling for help. “We are writing a letter to congressmen and election commission requesting federal monitors,” he […]

  • Mid-South storms bring heavy winds and flash flooding

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Heavy rains triggered flash floods, and strong winds brought down power lines, but not everybody in the Mid-South got wet. Wednesday’s rain came down fast and furious for people living in Whitehaven and Southaven, flooding streets and homes. “I’ve been here 22 years, and this has never happened,” said Sultana Mutee. Water covered the Apollo and Holmes intersection, spilling into Mutee’s home. It destroyed everything in its path. “It is flooded all in my house. My backyard […]

  • Bartlett postpones vote to cut workers’ compensation benefits

    BARTLETT, Tenn. — Bartlett city employees are upset they could be stripped of their pay if they are hurt on the job. Tuesday, the Board of Alderman and Mayor Keith McDonald discussed the rising premium costs and high number of claims forcing them to make changes. Hundreds of workers and their families spoke at the meeting begging the city to find another way. The mayor pushed back the vote for a month. Workers at the meeting called it a “small […]

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