Jessica Aguirre

2018 Speaker

JESSICA AGUIRRE is the evening anchor at NBC Bay Area News and an Emmy award winning journalist. She began her career while attending the University of Miami. Before coming to the Bay Area in 1997 she anchored and reported in Los Angeles and Miami, earning Emmy awards for her series on the struggles of migrant children and for her investigative work on child molesters. Her journey to Cuba following the steps of boat people fleeing Cuba won an Associated Press award.  Aguirre won an Emmy for her poignant two part series on the emotional journey of an East Bay transgender teen, and for her live coverage of the “Ghostship” warehouse fire in Oakland. More recently she headlined NBC Bay Area’s live coverage from the Sonoma and Napa county firestorms. As the daughter of immigrant parents, Aguirre is fluent in Spanish, and deeply involved in organizations that promote literacy and help stem the Latino achievement gap including The Silicon Valley Education Fund. Here at home, Aguirre is focused on covering laws and events that impact children, from investigative stories that uncover the loopholes set up by Jessica’s law to the deteriorating state of education in the public school system. Her Emmy nominated education show Class Action took a deep look at the issues facing California educators and public schools. Her investigative reporting into the aftermath of the Napa earthquake and the impact on local schools led to school safety legislation being introduced by Assemblyman Bill Dodd. @jessicaaguirrenbc


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