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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
  • Mayor tries to stop ‘Blue Flu’ while other agencies go on standby as more officers expected to call out

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Blue Flu is impacting Memphis. While Mayor A C Wharton took steps Tuesday to keep the Blue Flu from spreading, sources told WREG by the end of the week, it’s expected everyone in the homicide bureau will be out sick. Tuesday, MPD reported 554 people who work for the department were out sick, although sources tell us it’s more than 650 people, including more than three-fourths of the homicide bureau. Mayor Wharton said the officers are […]

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    MPD Director addresses ‘Blue Flu’ & cancellation of days off, vacations

    The cancellations are directly related to more than 500 sick calls since last Monday

  • Neighbors claim to see a wanted rape suspect on the run in North Memphis

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Neighbors in North Memphis claim to have seen a rape suspect on the run. They said Dontel Morgan tried to break into a home, and after spotting him, they chased him off and called police. Wendy Zuniga said she was doing yard work when she saw a strange man trying to hop her fence on Weiner Road Thursday night. She screamed for help scaring him off. “He went around the house and then took off running,” she […]

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    Fourth of July celebrations will cost you more this year

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fireworks aren’t the only thing skyrocketing this Fourth of July. Prices at the gas pump and grocery stores are on the rise, so celebrating the holiday could cause a case of sticker shock. AAA reports gas in Memphis costs around $3.48 per gallon, which is 20 cents more compared to this time last year and the highest since the Fourth of July in 2008. Lawrence Davis decided to go to St. Louis this year “instead of Chicago,” […]

  • Lightning strike kills Arkansas teen

    ETOWAH, Ark. — Sixteen-year-old Steven Sheppard was hit by lightning while trying to make it home after volunteering at a church during Tuesday night’s storm, according to police. It happened behind Carroll Corner’s Church of the Lord Jesus Christ just off Highway 136 on Tuesday around 8 p.m. Steven’s father, Nute Sheppard, said he found his son lying under a tree in the pouring rain. He said he grabbed him and held him tight. “I tried to wake him up, […]

  • Police looking for man who raped, robbed and beat women in Hickory Hill

    If you can help police locate Dontel Morgan, call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH.

  • Sunday’s flood destroyed homes, 50 people in a shelter another night

    Memphis, Tenn. — Flood water left no mercy in a Whitehaven mobile home park forcing dozens of families to spend another night in a shelter. More than 50 people slept in the Hickory Hill Community Center. The Red Cross set up the shelter and offered food to families who lost their homes and everything inside to Sunday’s flood. “Just so much rain and not any way for the water to get away,” said Kevin Hutcherson, who lost his home. As […]

  • Police: Men used shotguns to rob Bible college students

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men holding shotguns reportedly demanded money from a Bible school student doing laundry, and then made him take them to his dorm, where his roommates became the next victims. It happened at Mid-South Christian College on Knight Road. Police said a student was in the laundry room at Mid-South Christian College early Thursday morning when two armed men walked in. They pointed their shotguns at the student and made him take them to his dorm, where […]

  • People nationwide boycott city budget and Chamber of Commerce

    The Memphis Police Association started the protest after the city council cut employee and retiree health benefits instead of raising property taxes.

  • Neighbors turn downtown blight into community orchard

    A group in downtown Memphis found a solution to blight. They're turning an overgrown, abandoned lot into a community garden and park.

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    MPD officer charged with DUI after crash

    Off-duty officer Terence Dabney was arrest around 4 a.m. Sunday after he was involved in a car crash

  • MPD officer: Robbers preying on drivers at traffic lights

    Officers said the thieves will hide, wait for you to stop, and then rob you.

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