Jessica Hayes joined the FOX59 and CBS4 teams in January 2015. On the weekends you can catch her anchoring FOX59 Morning News from 6-10 a.m.; on the weekdays, you’ll find her reporting for both FOX59 and CBS4.

Jessica came to FOX59 and CBS4 from WISH-TV in Indianapolis, where she was a morning reporter and fill-in anchor. Prior to that, she worked at the CBS-affiliate in Terre Haute, Ind., as a reporter, anchor and weather forecaster. Before moving to Indiana, Jessica was an assignment editor at the CBS-affiliate in Washington, DC. She’s received awards from the Indiana AP Broadcasters Association, IBA Spectrum Awards and Society of Professional Journalists.

Prior to a career in news, Jessica was a public relations executive in New York City. Within weeks of her move to the Big Apple, Jessica witnessed the September 11 terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan and saw the state of the world change within a mile of her new home. Because of this, she ultimately decided a career in news, reporting on what’s going on around her, would be her future.

Now, she’s happy to once again call the Midwest home and report the news in central Indiana. In her spare time, Jessica often visits family in her hometown of Effingham, Ill. She also likes to challenge herself with a tough workout, long runs in downtown Indianapolis and Bikram Yoga class are her favorites.

Jessica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Communications from Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Ill., and a Master’s Degree in Political and International Journalism from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

She’s traveled around the world and lived all over the country, but Jessica believes her fellow Midwesterners have compelling stories to tell. To share yours or pass along a news tip, please feel free to contact her at

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