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Jessica Cilella joined the Daily Herald in August 2011. Her coverage area includes Wheaton, Lombard and Community Unit School District 200.

Prior to taking on her current beat in late 2013, Jessica spent more than two years in the Daily Herald's Cook County bureau, where she worked a weekly break...


What was your first job as a journalist?

My current job as a staff writer for the Daily Herald.

Who do you wish followed you?

I would love for more readers in the towns I cover — specifically Wheaton, Lombard and anyone in the District 200 area — to follow me.

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

I worked at the Porter Press during my senior year of high school. I wrote news and features and started to fall in love with journalism.


Society of Professional Journalists Award

2013 - Deadline Reporting
Co-recipient of a Peter Lisagor Award, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, for the coverage of the October 2012 stabbing deaths of 7-year-old Justin Plackowski and 5-year-old Olivia Dworakowski in Naperville.