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Jessica TaffJessica Taff joined Fox 59 as a Sports Reporter in October 2006.Jessica came to Fox 59 from WPTV/WLMT in Memphis where she was a Sports Anchor/Reporter.She also worked as a Weekend Sports Anchor at KAAL in Austin, Minnesota.Jessica was raised in Sioux City, Iowa and has a B.A. in Mass Communications from Morningside College there.She
has A.P. Awards TN for Breaking Sports Story and Best Sportscast.
Jessica's sports background includes playing four sports in high school and going to state in both tennis and softball.She
has covered everything from Pro and Olympic Boxing, Olympic Hockey, PGA Championship, MLB, NFL and NBA Playoffs, and NCAA Tournament.Jessica
has decided that she
must be a sports good luck charm.During her
time in Minnesota the Twins made it all the way to the ALCS game.In Memphis, the Grizzlies made their first ever playoff appearance and the Tigers Football team snapped a 32-year Bowl drought.And upon her
arrival in Indianapolis, the Colts go on to win the Super Bowl!
spare time, Jessica
enjoys listening to live music, catching a ball game or playing golf.
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A true Midwesterner - born in Canton Illinois, and raised in Sioux City, Iowa - Jessica
is no stranger to the cold.Jessica attended college at Morningside College, in Sioux City where she played centerfield for 4-years for the Chiefs (She's still upset that they changed their name to the Mustangs after her Senior year).
During college, she
worked at the college radio and TV. station, doing play-by-play color commentary for their college basketball teams, which gave her
Jess the itch to continue on after school.
After interning at a Sioux City station and coaching softball for two summers at the high school level, Jessica
had to stay in the field of sports somehow.She
got a job out of school at a Sioux Falls TV station as a producer and news reporter.At the end of a two-and-a-half year stint with the station, Jessica had become a full-time news/sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor.
is covering sports fulltime, and is only a few hours away from her
family.Even when she's
not working, Jess
finds herself surrounded by sports.Jessica loves playing golf, tennis and catching local games without having to hold a camera.
YES Network announcer bio
was named YES' New Jersey Nets pregame, in-game and postgame reporter in September of 2009.
also hosts the network's Nets Magazine show, its Steiner Sports: Memories of the Game programs, and Sports Sprint.
is also a weekly contributor for This Week in Football.
Taff came to YES from WABC-TV in New York, where she covered all New York professional and college sports teams, as well as marquee events such as U.S. Open tennis, U.S. Open golf and the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs.
Prior to coming to WABC-TV in 2007, Taff was a sports anchor and reporter at WXIN-TV, the Fox affiliate in Indianapolis, where she covered the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Pacers, Indiana University basketball and football, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.
Earlier, Taff was an anchor and reporter at ABC affiliate WPTY-TV in Memphis, where she won Associated Press awards for "Best Sportscast" and "Best Breaking Story.
also worked as the weekend sports anchor at KAAL-TV, the ABC affiliate in Austin, Minnesota, where she
covered the Major League Baseball post-season and the PGA Championship
, among other events.
Taff started her sports broadcasting career in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as a news producer/reporter and sports anchor at ABC affiliate KSFY-TV.
A four-sport athlete in high school, Taff
was named Sioux City's Athlete of the Year her
senior year in high school.
later played softball at Morningside College
, where she
was named First-Team All Conference two years in a row.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Morningside.
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