Jessica Aguirre is the 6 and 11 pm evening anchor at NBC Bay Area News and host of "Class Action" an Emmy nominated weekly education segment focused on improving the state of education in California.
Her signature interviews with education leaders like U.C. President Janet Napolitano, State Superintendent of Education Tom Torlakson, and reform activist Michelle Rhee have distinguished her as a leading education specialist in the Bay Area.
Jessica 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.
As the daughter of immigrant parents, Jessica 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, The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. Jessica can also be found at many community events in the East Bay where she lends her voice to a variety of local causes. Her passion for news and global events has taken Jessica from Cuba to England and many places in between. She’s covered natural disasters like Hurricane Andrew, and man-made catastrophes like the Oklahoma City bombing, race riots in Miami as well as prison riots in Atlanta and Louisiana Most recently she covered the ten year anniversary of 9-11 from ground zero.
Here at home, Jessica 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.
Jessica resides in the East Bay, with her husband and two daughters where she is a fierce advocate for public school education and a committed class volunteer. Her devotion to learning and supporting schools has routinely found on the lecture circuit in the Bay Area discussing education.