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Jessica Kartalija anchors the 5, 6, and 11 pm newscasts at CBS News Philadelphia. 

She was named Television Broadcaster of the Year 2024 by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

The Emmy-award winning anchor joined the CBS Philadelphia team in the fall of 2018.

She came to Philly from CBS Baltimore, where she anchored the 5 pm news.  Prior to Baltimore, she worked in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Yuma, Arizona.

Although Jessica was born and raised in San Diego, Calif., her family is originally from Pennsylvania. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Spanish. While in college, she completed a semester abroad, living in Sevilla, Spain, and became fluent. 


She has a master's degree in Communications from The Johns Hopkins University.


Jessica is on the Dean's Advancement Council for the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State.  She is also on the advisory board of Horizons Greater Philadelphia, a camp for children with cancer.  She has also worked with the Special Olympics, The House of Ruth Maryland, The Women's Initiative Network (WIN) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and was on the Board of Trustees at the Irvine Nature Center.


Viewers can see her in the HBO series Servant and House of Cards on Netflix.  She was also in the movie Transformers.  She also teaches a  Journalism and Public Speaking course at Villanova University.

Jessica lives with her husband and son just outside of Philadelphia.  They have two rescue dogs from the PSPCA.  On weekends, you can find her on the sidelines at lacrosse games, reading, and traveling whenever she can!





Johns Hopkins University - Masters, Communication and Media Studies-Branding/Mktg

Pennsylvania State University - Bachelor of Arts, Broadcast Journalism.  Minor in Spanish

University of New Mexico Continuing Education - Advanced Spanish Conversation


Public Speaking

Event Emceeing

Media Training

Public Relations & Marketing

Present: Adjunct Professor - Journalism, Villanova University

2018 - Present: CBS Philadelphia News Anchor

July 2006 - 2018:  WJZ-TV (Baltimore, Md.) - Anchor/Reporter

June 2003 - June 2006:  KASA/KOB-TV(Albuquerque, N.M.)  - Anchor/Reporter 

May 2001 - June 2003:  KYMA-TV (Yuma, Ariz) - Weekend Anchor/Reporter

Jan. 2001:  The Icers' Report (Pennsylvania State University) - Anchor/Reporter

June 2000 - Aug. 2000:  WRC-TV (Washington, D.C.) - Production Assistant 

Jan. 2000 - May 2000:  Study Abroad Program (Sevilla, Spain)

May 1999 - Aug. 1999:  KFMB-TV (San Diego, Calif.) - Investigative Research Team

May 1997 - Aug. 1999:  ESPN (San Diego, Calif.) - X Games Marketing & Communications Assistant


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