Jessica Aguirre is an evening anchor at NBC Bay Area News. Jessica began her career while attending the University of Miami. Before coming to the Bay Area eleven years ago, she anchored and reported in Los Angeles and Miami. She earned Emmy awards for her series on the struggles faced by migrant children and for a series on child molesters. Her series on Cuban boat people trying to make it to the U.S. won an Associated Press award.
As the daughter of immigrant parents and fluent in Spanish, she supports League of United Latin American Citizens and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She also supports The Raphael House; San Francisco’s oldest family shelter and El Hogar De Los Ninos, a Bay Area non-profit, which provides education for children in Nicaragua. She is also a member of National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences.
Her passion for news has taken Jessica from Cuba to England and many places in between. She’s covered natural disasters like Hurricane Andrew, one of the most devastating storms on record and man-made catastrophes like the Oklahoma City bombing, where 168 people died in an attack masterminded by homegrown terrorist Timothy McVeigh. She has covered race riots in Miami as well as prison riots in Atlanta and Louisiana and even an uprising on the island of Cuba. Her reporting has taken her to GITMO, the prison at Guantanamo Bay and to London where she reported on Princess Diana.
Jessica now resides in the East Bay, with her husband and two daughters where she is a fierce advocate for public school education and a committed school volunteer. Her devotion to learning and supporting schools has parlayed into “Class Action”, a weekly show focused on improving education in California. Currently, Jessica sits on the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators in Silicon Valley.