When asked to describe Central New York in three words, Jessica Houghtaling says “feels like home.” A Jamesville-DeWitt High School graduate and State Fair aficionado, Jessica has loved the area for as long as she can remember. This appreciation for Central New York was given to her by her parents, who also grew up in Syracuse and met at West Genesee High School. Jessica’s job as a Spectrum News reporter continues to foster this deep sense of local pride. Through long, cold winters, Jessica has learned about the many ways in which the local community supports those in need. These special moments constantly remind Jessica how wonderful it is to live in Central New York!
While Jessica’s career at Spectrum News 1 began in August 2018, she first joined the team as an in intern in August 2017 after studying electronic media communications at Onondaga Community College. During her time as an undergrad, Jessica discovered her passion for reporting on this community. Jessica has reported on flooding in the Southern Tier, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, and Luma Fest. However, stories that highlight groups making a positive difference in the community, on even the coldest winter days, have provided Jessica with an experience as a reporter that is both enriching and meaningful.
Outside of work, it’s likely that you’ll find Jessica playing trivia somewhere in Central New York. Even the coldest days won’t stop this Syracuse native from making it to the Carrier Dome. Jessica has driven to Manley Field House in a blizzard just to catch the shuttle bus. However, when she’s braving the elements from the indoors, Jessica enjoys snacking on Tully's tenders, a meal she says Central New York should be famous for!