Jessica Rettig grew up in Palm Harbor, Fla., and graduated from Georgetown University in 2009 with a B.A. in English. She kickstarted her journalism career as a member of The Pearl Project, a student investigation into the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl.
She also interned at the Washington bureau of The National, a publication based in the United Arab Emirates. In September 2009, she joined the Politics & Policy staff at U.S. News & World Report in Washington, where she wrote on elections, healthcare reform, energy, national security, and foreign affairs. In December 2011, Jessica left U.S. News to travel and freelance in Colombia.
This fall, she will attend the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies to earn an M.A. in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration as a Síe Fellow. Jessica joined JAWS as a CAMP fellow in 2010 and has been on the board of directors since 2011. She chairs the JAWS fellowship committee.
“As journalism continues to change and transform, JAWS has been a constant — always an excellent place to seek inspiration, encouragement and smart advice from women who have already overcome so much in their lives and careers. I became a journalist because of the amazing female journalists who told me I can and should do it, and I continue to find that genuine support and guidance from my fellow JAWS members.”