Jesse Kirsch
Jesse Kirsch is a general assignment reporter for ABC 7 Chicago, the city's No. 1 station for news. He reports across all of ABC 7's platforms, covering everything from breaking news to inspiring feature stories throughout the Chicago area and across the country. Jesse was promoted to this position in November 2019, after first coming to ABC 7 right out of college to pioneer a new role as ABC 7's first digital reporter in April 2017.

Jesse's often viral reporting has reached tens of millions, notably on the Dayton, Ohio mass shooting where he represented all ABC stations, the Great American Eclipse, Northwestern's first-ever Big Ten title game appearance (a "tough" assignment for this Wildcat alum), and numerous heartwarming stories re-shared by ABC News (including multiple features on World News Tonight). Jesse's emotional feature about a young boy challenged by cerebral palsy, "Anthony's Halloween," reached more than 43 million people.

He has reported extensively on COVID-19 from the pandemic's early days, spearheading a pandemic education series on the Class of 2020's unique challenges. During that same unprecedented year, Jesse reported on Chicago protests and unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd's death as well as on the historic 2020 presidential election.

In September 2019, Jesse embedded with a group of Chicagoans on a bus trip to Washington, D.C., where dozens rallied on Capitol Hill demanding an end to gun violence.

When the Obama Portraits kicked off a national tour in 2021, Jesse was the first journalist inside the tour's debut exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, sharing exclusive reporting on the former first couple's portraits with appearances on both ABC 7's platforms and Good Morning America.

Jesse also has the distinction of being one of the original hosts for ABC's Localish, an ABC digital and network brand that features compelling local stories from all over the U.S. He's become known for searching out some of the wildest meals in Chicagoland and digging in!

Jesse's ABC roots run deep. He first worked for the company as an ABC News intern to Martha Raddatz and her Global Affairs unit before serving as the politics intern for World News Tonight with David Muir, helping produce the show's coverage of the 2016 presidential race.

Jesse graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. During that time, he produced a Holocaust documentary in Hamburg, Germany and Chicago, which is now included in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's digital collection.

In 2018 and 2019, Jesse was part of ABC 7's EMMY award-winning teams. In college, he received the 2016 NATAS Chicago/Midwest Board of Governors' scholarship.

When he's not working, Jesse loves to cook (often live-streaming his kitchen escapades for ABC 7's social media audiences), travel (where he eats even more), play the saxophone, and play/referee soccer, among other hobbies. Growing up in Livingston, New Jersey (a suburb of the Big Apple), Jesse also loves going to Broadway shows with his family and works hard to avoid taking a side in the great Chicago-New York pizza debate.

Twitter: @JesseKirschABC7
Instagram: @JesseKirschABC

Jesse's Stories
'Some fatalities,' more than 20 injured after SUV plows into Wisconsin holiday parade: police
Witnesses say an SUV sped into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday, leaving a least 1 person dead and more than 20 others injured, police say
Demonstrators gather in Kenosha, Wisconsin to protest Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal
Demonstrators gather in Kenosha in reaction to a jury's acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges relating to a deadly Wisconsin shooting.
Hundreds rally in Chicago against the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict as others celebrate his freedom
Screams and cheers were heard outside the courtroom as a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse Friday, yielding mixed reactions from victims' families and Second Amendment advocates.
Kyle Rittenhouse's defense lawyer says putting Antioch teen on stand was crucial for acquittal
The lawyer who defended Kyle Rittenhouse in his Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting case said putting the Antioch teenager on the stand was vital this outcome.
Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Jury reaches not guilty verdict in Kenosha shooting case
The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial has reached a not guilty verdict on their fourth day of deliberations on five charges against the Antioch, Illinois teen.
CPS, CPD investigating after high school security guard violently scuffles with student in video
Chicago police and CPS are investigating a violent scuffle between a security guard and a student, all captured on video.
Young mom found murdered in Wheeling apartment; 1-year-old daughter missing, police say
Police making a well-being check at a Wheeling apartment building Tuesday night found a woman slain and her 1-year-old daughter missing.
Lawyer for critically injured Bensenville officer speaks out after man charged with attempted murder
A lawyer for the Bensenville police officer shot eight times spoke out after a 21-year-old man was charged with attempted murder.
'Prime suspect' arrested in Joliet Halloween party shooting that killed 2, injured 9 others
The Will County Sheriff's Office said they have arrested their "prime suspect" in a Halloween party shooting that killed two and injured 9 others.
Chicago shooting: 2 teens injured in Avalon Park near school, police say
Two teenagers were injured in an Avalon Park shooting not far from a school Thursday afternoon, according to Chicago police.