Jessie McDonough


Jessie McDonough is a general assignment reporter for Action News Jacksonville, WJAX-TV and WFOX-TV. 

Jessie joined the Action News team in March 2014. She is ecstatic to join the ranks of Jacksonville's top-ranked breaking news team and to enjoy the beach, of course!

Jessie grew up in a small suburb outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She misses her family who still lives there but is more than happy to trade the snow in for some of Jacksonville's sand and sunshine.

Jessie attended the prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University, where she was awarded first place in online news reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists for her part in a news special "24 Hours at the Border." At ASU she had the privilege of working with the school's impressive list of network journalists who double as adjunct faculty.

Jessie reported and anchored in South Bend, Indiana, before coming to Action News. There she covered breaking news events, such as a plane crash in a residential area, shootings that rocked the community, the never-ending snow cycle of the area's harsh winters, and everything Blue and Gold at Notre Dame University.

Jessie is known for sharing the stories of shooting victims in South Bend. She still keeps in touch with many of the families impacted by those tragedies.

When Jessie is not covering stories in Jacksonville, she can be found relaxing at the beach or indulging in her favorite food, Italian.

Feel free to contact Jessie to tell her about your favorite hot spot to visit in the area or to inform her about the issues you need covered.

Latest from Jessie Mcdonough

Officer Darry Williams held two women and one man hostage in a vacant office.

Brunswick mayor hopes police officer gets help

Brunswick is beginning to pick up the pieces one day after a police officer held three people hostage at gunpoint. Officer Darry Williams faced a judge for the first time today at a Brunswick jail. The media and the public were not allowed inside for Williams' first court appearance. The mayor told Action News that Williams ...

Search for suspect in K-9's death shifting to West Augustine

An intense search is under way in St. Johns County for a man accused of killing a deputy's K-9 partner. The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Brandon Allison, has been on the run since deputies responded to report of a disturbance on Twin Aspen Circle at 3:20 a.m. Deputies say Allison ...

Coast Guard is continuing search for missing boater Peter Rodrigues

Text messages may be first sign of trouble for missing boater

Text messages may indicate early signs of trouble for Peter Rodrigues, the man who hasn't been seen since Sunday morning when he set out on his fishing boat. The boat, named the 'Sea Witch,' washed ashore at Hanna Park Sunday afternoon with the engines running and a crowd of onlookers wondering what ...

Town remembers Bell shooting victims

It's been five days since a mass murder-suicide shook the small town of Bell. The people of Bell came together to get through the tragedy, as well as to started raising money to help the children's grandmother pay for their funeral. Over the weekend hundreds of people gathered to light ...

JSO investigating two men found dead behind a warehouse.

2 men found dead behind warehouse identified

JSO is investigating what happened to two men who were found dead behind a warehouse on Burke Street Monday morning. The street was blocked off from Spring Street down three blocks, past River City Fabrics while police investigate. It is still early in the investigation, however, JSO said they do ...

FDOT still conducting safety review of Buckman Bridge

After two fatalities and another close call on the Buckman Bridge, the Florida Department of Transportation is reviewing the safety on the bridge. However, the safety review will take at least another six months. One of the main things FDOT will be looking at is the height of the barriers, ...

Poll: Medical Marijuana vote could be closer than expected

The polls are out on medical marijuana, and the vote in November could be a lot closer than originally expected. Some form of medical marijuana is allowed in 23 states and the District of Columbia, and 18 states have passed decriminalization laws, making the drug legal to possess in small ...

Michelle O’Connell family asks for case to be reopened

The family of a woman found dead inside a St. Johns County deputy's home is asking for her case to be reopened. Tuesday, is the fourth anniversary of Michelle O'Connell's death, and her family will be holding a news conference at 11 a.m. In the report filed by a private ...

Lawyers for suspected MetroPCS killer waiting on mental evaluation report

The man accused of murdering a cellphone store clerk during a robbery is due in court Tuesday morning. James Xavier Rhodes is accused of killing 20-year-old MetroPCS manager Shelby Farah. Officers say Rhodes shot Farah execution-style, even after she complied with his demands during a robbery. Rhodes' lawyers say he's intellectually ...

Prepare for primary elections

It is Election Day in Florida; make sure you are prepared as you head out to the polls. Three things to know before you go to the polls: This is a primary election, so only voters who have registered as a Democrat or Republican will be able to vote. Bring ...

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