Jessica Rudis
Email: Jessica@patch.com Hometown: Chicago Birthday: July 28 Welcome Video: http://patch.com/A-404
Bio: Jessica Rudis first became interested in journalism as a student at New Trier High School, when she did a senior project that allowed her to spend a quarter of the year working with a producer at Chicago Public Radio. She attended Simmons College in Boston, a small women's college down the block from Fenway Park.  A few months after she moved into her dorm, the Red Sox won the World Series, and she likes to think that her presence in the city helped break the curse.  Jessica graduated from Simmons College with a double major in political science and communications and received academic honors in both subjects. Jessica then attended the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she concentrated in broadcast and digital media journalism.  She wrote her master's project on the history and evolution of burlesque in New York City.  While living in New York, Jessica also wrote a story for the New York Daily News that was the most read and emailed story of the day and reported on Michael Jackson's death for Us Weekly. Shortly after receiving her master's degree, Jessica moved back to Boston to work as a hyperlocal journalist for the Boston Globe.  Although she wrote hard-hitting stories about politics and business for the paper, her most popular story was about a family's fight to change zoning laws to keep their pet chicken, Plucky.  The story later inspired a feature piece on the ABC news magazine show Chronicle. When Jessica isn't writing, she loves to travel. In college she studied abroad in Italy and India twice, one trip to the northern region of the country and one trip to the south. Jessica is excited to be back in her home state, and is equally excited to be working for Patch.  Please feel free to send her an email if you have any news tips and stop her to say hi when you see her around town. Your Beliefs At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license for you to inject your beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: we hope that the knowledge that your beliefs are on the record will cause you to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know. Politics My family is a mix of liberals and conservatives, so I've always learned to look at every issue from different sides and perspectives.  Personally, my views are all over the board and I don't agree with any complete party platform.  I do tend to believe in socially liberal policies like gay rights and reproductive choice. Religion I'm the type of Jew who strongly identifies with Jewish culture but never goes to temple. Local Hot-Button Issues Library funding, crime, and the schools are big issues in Evanston. However, I will hold off on making any personal opinion about these issues until I spend more time exploring them and speaking to people on both sides.
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