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Jessica Terrell is Civil Beat’s podcast and multimedia editor.
Jessica joined Civil Beat in 2015, after reporting stints at the Orange County Register in California and Tribeca Trib in New York City.
As a reporter, Jessica has investigated everything from school safety concerns to faulty public works projects and military recruitment irregularities. She’s covered two national political conventions, and filed stories from the White House during President Barack Obama’s first summer in office as an intern at the Orange County Register.
Other memorable reporting assignments include camping out overnight in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park for a story on Occupy Wall Street, visiting the National Sept. 11 Memorial before it opened with members of Manhattan’s Community Board 1, and climbing 36 flights of stairs in the dark after Hurricane Sandy to find her editor and start reporting on the impacts of the storm in lower Manhattan.
Born in Mexico, Jessica spent much of her childhood traveling around North America. She wrote her first newspaper article at the age of 12 for a small paper in Massachusetts, where her family was living aboard a 50-foot raft built out of materials collected from New York City dumpsters.
When her family wasn’t building rafts, they were performing together in circuses and busking on the streets as a family jazz band. Spending her early years wandering from town to town imbued her with a passion for discovery that she tries to translate into work as a journalist.
Claire Caulfield will tackle reader questions about the environment for Civil Beat’s newest podcast.
Ron Curtis says that he would be the best voice for Hawaii’s people in the U.S. Senate.
“The Blood Calls” to London Lewis as he searches for his birth culture in the Marshall Islands. And we investigate adoption practices in Hawaii and Arkansas.
The governor contradicts state officials who last week announced an imminent sweep and a possible federal grant to build an education center.
Leaders of the Waianae Boat Harbor encampment say the governor assured them there’s no impending eviction.
For more than a decade, people have been living in the self-governed community, and about 200 are there now.