Jesse Kirsch
Jesse Kirsch is a general assignment reporter for ABC 7 Chicago, the city's #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 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, breaking an exclusive story of Navy Pier's temporary shutdown and 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.

Other newsmaker interviews include then-House Speaker Paul Ryan in the 2018 midterm election cycle.

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.

A summa cum laude graduate from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, his college reporting took him to the White House, Capitol Hill, and the Supreme Court. Jesse also 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-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
Elmhurst School District 205 plans to saliva test students; some parents question if it's legal
"There certainly isn't a necessarily a health risk to swabbing your child, but, I thought I was the parent," one mother said.