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Jessica Heffner

News Center 7/Dayton Daily News Reporter

I was born and raised in the Miami Valley and am glad to be working in the community where I grew up. I cover the police and crime beat here in Dayton, working with Dayton police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

I am No. 3 of five children. Sometimes I feel sorry for my brother who had to deal with four sisters always wanting to play dress-up. I attended Northmont High School and was a mass communications major at Wright State University, graduating in 2007. As a senior, I started working part-time as a copy editor and designer for the Dayton Daily News. I got my first reporting job as a regional business reporter for the Middletown Journal and Hamilton Journal News. I then moved to the city and police beat in Middletown. Prior to working in Dayton, you may have seen me reporting on crime and court news for News Center 7 in Clark County as our Springfield Bureau reporter.

I’m addicted to home decorating and spend much of my free time updating my 1960s ranch house. When I'm not in the newsroom, you’ll spot me at Oak Grove Park with my dog, downtown at the clubs with my friends or out at the Dayton Mall or The Greene shopping.

I’d love to talk to you and hear your feedback and story ideas

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Q and A:

Where were you born?
Dayton, OH

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Union

What was your favorite TV show then?
Anything on Nickelodeon. Doug, Rugrats, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Are You Afraid of the Dark? were staples in my family room

What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?
As a little kid I wanted to be an EMT. In junior high, I enjoyed writing and a counselor suggested I try journalism. It’s been a love affair ever since.

How might someone have described you in high school?

What was your first job?
Flipping burgers at McDonald’s.

What was your first job in television?
This is my first professional gig. I did occasional live bureau work for WKRC-TV in Cincinnati through a partnership with the Hamilton Journal News,

What do you like about your job?
I love telling stories. There is so much happening in our community and so many interesting people who live here. I love being the voice that tells those stories. I also like keeping people informed about where they live.

What do you not like about your job?
It’s quite a change having to worry about hair and make-up before delivering the news.

What might people be surprised to know about you?
I am an extreme couponer. Many weekends you can find me clipping coupons and cruising the grocery store aisles scoring deals.

What is the hardest thing you ever did?
During my last year in college, I was a full-time student and editor-in-chief for the college newspaper, The Guardian. I worked part-time on the copy desk for the Dayton Daily News at night. I also taught a lifeguard class at my local YMCA, swimming lessons and lifeguarded at an indoor pool.  In the midst of all this work I also moved out on my own and planned a wedding. I sometimes wonder how I got it all done.

What would be a perfect day for you?
Spending a day in the sun at the beach, laughing with friends and family and leaving my cell phone and computer at home.

What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
Work hard, be flexible and challenge yourself to do more than you ever thought possible. Media is changing—try to keep up.


Favorite book: The Josephine Bonaparte series by Sandra Gulland

Favorite CBS show: Mom

Favorite food: Anything chocolate

Favorite hobby: I love remaking home décor items to suit my style

Favorite Miami Valley place: Cox Arboretum and the Englewood Reserve

Favorite movie: Kindergarten Cop

Favorite music: I'm an eclectic music lover. I  favor anything with a good beat

Favorite travel destination: Florida

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Police officer fired following unauthorized chase

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Sheriff investigating why man was in towed car

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is reviewing a case for a possible administrative investigation into how a man was reportedly left inside a crashed vehicle for six hours after it was processed and towed from the scene.The owner of the vehicle was identified as 42-year-old Mark Gilliam. However, the sheriff’s ...

Man dies from injuries suffered during fight, officials say

Sheriff’s detectives are awaiting autopsy results to determine whether a man severely beaten by a friend in Harrison Twp. died as a result of that assault, officials said Monday. Paul Lamb III, 48, of Lima, died early Saturday morning in the 2600 block of Onoata Avenue. Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies ...

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Five Dayton police officers are working the streets without the safety of a ballistic vest, and often these officers are sent into dangerous situations. The department’s K-9 unit was not previously outfitted with ballistic vests. But thanks to a donation from Dayton’s 9th chapter of the Women of the Moose, ...

Third man sentenced for role in murder

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New DPD SWAT robot will save lives, officials say

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