Jessica Harthorn joined WWMT as the evening anchor in January 2023. She anchors News Channel 3 weeknights at 5, 6 and 11pm, as well as News Channel 3 Live at 10 on the CW7. Jessica has more than 15 years of experience working in television news. Her work was recognized with several prestigious journalism awards in Michigan, Tennessee, New York and Wyoming.
Before moving back home to Michigan, she spent five years as the weekday morning anchor for WTVC in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2017 and 2019, Jessica was a Tennessee Associated Press Award finalist for Best News Anchor and Short Light Feature. She also worked as a community relations director and was an adjunct professor for the Department of Communication at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
From 2011-2017, Jessica was the weekend morning anchor/reporter for WWMT. She was nominated for two Emmy awards – in 2016 for her health/science reporting of 3D Mammography, and in 2015 for her continuing coverage of a cold case murder.
Jessica was also an anchor/reporter for WEYI in Flint, Michigan. She won the 2010 Best Individual Reporter award from the Michigan Associated Press. She also won the 2011 State Bar of Michigan Wade H. McCree Award in the broadcast category for her series on a father fighting to change Michigan's Paternity Act.
Prior to WEYI, Jessica spent two years at WICZ in Binghamton, New York as the 6pm anchor. In 2009, The New York Associated Press awarded Jessica first place for Best News Series on her coverage of struggling dairy farmers. The same series won The New York State Agricultural Society Cap Creal Journalism Award.
Jessica's broadcast career started in 2006 at KTWO in Casper, Wyoming. In 2008, the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters honored Jessica with an award for Best News Anchor.
Jessica graduated from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She enjoys reading, jogging with her Goldendoodle Jack, and traveling to national parks with her husband Steven and daughters Lilly and Grace.