Jessie Shafer

Jessie Shafer

Jessie Shafer began her career with 13 News in early 2011.  She's contributed to the newsroom in a number of ways- reporting, anchoring, shooting video, and playing an active roll on social media.

Jessie is passionate about the breaking news and personal stories that affect the region where she was born and raised- Southern Appalachia. 

In June of 2012, she spent her time with families who needed immediate assistance following the derecho that swept through West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.  She alerted Appalachian Power when an elderly couple, who both relied on oxygen, had been without electricity for days.  In the middle of shooting the story with that couple, the lights came back on in their Alum Creek home.

Jessie was on the forefront of coverage for the Sissonville pipeline explosion in 2012.   As one of the first reporters on scene, she was instrumental in relaying information to locals who relied on 13 News to know where to go for help and how the explosion had occurred. Jessie spent many hours inside of a makeshift shelter in a Sissonville church, broadcasting live reports, telling the stories of the families who survived the blast.

In 2014, Jessie covered the Freedom Industries chemical spill that affected hundreds of thousands of people, including herself, her family and her friends.  She appeared in several live reports on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell during that time, ensuring that the nation understood the crisis and it's far-reaching effects.

Telling stories is what Jessie lives for.  She's passionate about making a difference in our community.  She visits schools, hospitals, and community events and never turns down the chance to encourage children to follow their dreams.

Jessie loves to spend time with her son, explore all the West Virginia has to offer, cook, watch documentaries and sleep late on the weekends (or at least as late as her toddler allows)! 

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