Jessica Abo is an award-winning television journalist, YouTube influencer and a nationally recognized keynote speaker, media trainer and moderator.
Over the past decade, Jessica has raised more than a million dollars for different charities by organizing her own events and running marathons. She has been invited to speak at Delta Airlines, The United Nations and hundreds of nonprofits and schools. Her TEDx Talk “Bee the Change” has been incorporated into college curriculums in the United States and abroad.
Jessica has received several awards for her commitment to philanthropy and anti-bullying work. During the George W. Bush Administration, she was one of the youngest people in the country to be named a regional finalist to the White House Fellows Program, the nation’s most prestigious program for leadership and commitment to public service.
Jessica received her bachelor and master degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She has worked for several news outlets and covered everything from breaking news, politics on Capitol Hill and wrongful conviction cases to sports, food and Fashion Week. She is a member of The Screen Actors Guild and has been featured in several films and television shows including: Gossip Girl, Nurse Jackie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Delivery Man and Girl Most Likely.
Currently, Jessica is writing her first book and launching a fashion line in 2017.
TV News and Production
In 2007, Jessica joined the NY1 News team as an on-air anchor and reporter in the Local Edition. Over the years she contributed to many departments including New Yorker of the Week, Zagat, and Health. Jessica has brought the latest scoop on the runway for 14 New York Fashion Week seasons.
Jessica's work has been featured on CNN, CBS, FOX and Fusion Network. Throughout her career, Jessica has worked at WCAX-TV (CBS), CNN Headline News Local Edition and other media outlets. The granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jessica produced and hosted a documentary on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Her film, Passing the Torch, debuted in New York City.
In 2010, Jessica covered Tyler Clementi's suicide for NY1 News. Tyler was a student at Rutgers University who became the victim of cyber-bullying when his college roommate set up a webcam and captured him kissing another man - before sharing the content online. At just 18 years old, Tyler ending his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Tyler’s death, and the trial that followed, made Jessica realize she had to do something to help teens who are hurting. She started her media startup and YouTube channel, JABOTV , to empower kids, teenagers and college students. In her year-long “Open Up Wednesday” series, she asked celebrity guests how they turned an OUW™ moment (pronounced: oww!) into a POUWER™ story. Jessica hopes these stories help her followers triumph through their own personal challenges. Jessica’s channel was featured in Forbes and on "The Meredith Vieira Show". Today her videos focus on empowerment and entrepreneurship.
Changemaker Speaking Tour
Jessica lectures around the country on a variety of journalism and philanthropy related topics. She spent 2014 traveling across America speaking to teenagers as United Synagogue Youth’s first-ever Danny Siegel Changemaker in Residence. She spent 2015 and 2016 on a college campus speaking tour talking about why affluence is not a requirement for influence. Currently, Jessica is part of JNF’s Speakers Bureau and serving as the National Spokeswoman for Professional Women Under 40. Jessica speaks around the country to UJA and Federation groups. She chairs UJA Federation’s Young Entertainment Committee, sits on the Broadcast, Cable and Film Committee and always looks forward to attending the Professional Women’s Philanthropy events.