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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: Drive-by shooting on North Main not random

The drive-by shooting on North Main that injured a woman Wednesday afternoon was not random, Dayton police said Thursday evening.Chrishanda Hinton, 30, of Dayton, was shot in the arm around 1:30 p.m. while driving in the 3500 block of North Main Street.According to police, her black Lincoln SUV was struck ...

Police: Woman likely killed late Friday

A Dayton woman had been dead for two days before police found her body inside her East Fourth Street home late Sunday night. Her death is being investigated as a homicide. Sheila Gibson, 45, likely died late Friday night, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. Preliminary autopsy results are ...

Police: Criminals keep returning to drug house, despite arrests

In just two months, Dayton police have made more than 40 arrests for drugs, prostitution and other crimes at 219 S. Findlay St., including the homeowner. Despite these measures, alleged criminals keep coming back. Acting on several complaints about criminal activity at the home, Dayton police arrested six people there ...

Police investigating 2-year-old boy's death

Centerville police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who died Wednesday from severe head injuries. Officers responded to a 911 call to an apartment in the 900 block of Pimlico Drive Sunday after a man reported the boy had fallen into an art easel while jumping up and ...

Officer faces criminal charges in fatal hit-skip case

A Dayton police officer has been charged with falsification and obstructing official business for allegedly interfering with an investigation into a fatal hit-and-run crash, officials said Friday. The Trotwood Police Department on Wednesday filed three misdemeanor charges against Dayton officer Erica S. Cash in the Montgomery County Western Division Court. ...

Teens suspected in robberies, carjackings

Joe Webb was so surprised when a teen struck him across the face with a gun and demanded his wallet that Webb said he didn’t have time to be scared. He just reacted, striking the young man back with his weed whacker.“He just slung it over and hit me with ...

Evidence photos contained in a presentation by the Dayton Police Department on Feb. 26, 2014, show a book carried by bus driver Rickey Wagoner in Dayton that allegedly was hit by two bullets intended for him.

RTA bus driver hearing resumes tomorrow

Union representatives of Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority bus driver Rickey Wagoner reviewed evidence Wednesday to prepare for a second meeting with RTA representatives Thursday morning. RTA Executive Director Mark Donaghy said Wagoner’s representatives asked for more time to review the police evidence before reconvening. Wagoner, the bus driver who ...

Police say burglaries stopped after 3 arrests

Dayton police have charged three men in connection with recent house burglaries on the city's east side.Dustin "Bubby" Byers, 27, Jacob Rainwater, 32, and Kevin Williams, 24, are all being held in the Montgomery County Jail on burglary charges.Detective Nathan Curley said the three men are believed to have been ...

Evidence photos contained in a presentation by the Dayton Police Department on Feb. 26, 2014, show a book carried by bus driver Rickey Wagoner in Dayton that allegedly was hit by two bullets intended for him.

 Case into shooting of RTA bus driver closed as ‘unfounded’

An RTA bus driver’s claim that three black teenagers shot and stabbed him is not supported by the evidence and reconstruction of the incident by a police investigation.Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said during a press conference Wednesday that key elements of driver Rickey Wagoner’s story - in particular the ...

CRUISER CAM: Shows officer in middle of shooting

Newly-released cruiser cam video obtained by News Center 7 and the Dayton Daily News shows the moments just after a Dayton police officer found herself in the middle of a gunfight. The video shows Officer Shena Lally sprinting back to her cruiser to chase after the suspects who fired at ...

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