Jessica Blatt Press is a writer in PhiladelphiaJessica Blatt Press is an award-winning journalist and editor whose work has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine; Glamour; Redbook; Parents; The New York Times; The Philadelphia Inquirer; Scholastic; Seventeen; and more. As a LEDE Fellow of the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), Jess created Citizen Teen, a journalism mentorship program for Philly high school students that made history when 100 percent of its pilot cohort had work published by SJN’s prestigious “Story Tracker” — making them the first known high school students in the world to do so.

Jess is particularly passionate about youth, education, mental health and the intersection of all three, and is inspired by stories of people uplifting communities in meaningful ways. She proudly serves on the board of The Bullhorn News, the completely independent, student-run newspaper of the School District of Philadelphia.


Stories by Jessica Blatt Press:

Who is Your Favorite City Worker?

The deadline is approaching to vote for the people’s choice 2023 Integrity Icon. Need motivation? Check out how our previous winners are changing our city.

By Jessica Blatt Press

Integrity Icon 2023: Meet Kea R. Greene

From the Office of Criminal Justice to the Managing Director’s Office to her West Philly block, this lifelong public servant brings dignity to those who are often overlooked and underestimated

By Jessica Blatt Press

Listen to How to Really Run a City: Is L.A. Modeling the Way Forward for Cities?

In the latest episode of How to Really Run a City, The Citizen’s acclaimed podcast, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass shares how she tackles the hurdles her city faces — and the only line she won’t cross.

By Jessica Blatt Press

Integrity Icon 2023: Meet Maria Andrea Giraldo Gallo

The Integrity Icon winner, who sees language access as a civil right, has worked to make city services available and welcoming to all newcomers

By Jessica Blatt Press

Who Are Philly’s 2023 Integrity Icons?

The five phenomenal city workers go above and beyond to move our city forward. Vote today for the people’s choice winner

By Jessica Blatt Press

How to Help Schools, Students and Teachers

Donate food or money for uniforms, share your expertise, provide reading help and more ways you can support schools in Philadelphia

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Secret Sauce Behind Kelce

With their newest film about the Eagles captain dropping on September 12, it’s safe to say Don Argott and Sheena Joyce will be delivering Philly its most heartfelt love letter yet. Pro tip: Stay for the credits

By Jessica Blatt Press

LISTEN to How to Really Run a City: The Secret to Being a Good Mayor? Swagger

Former Mayors Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and Kasim Reed of Atlanta reveal the keys to leadership with Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser

By Jessica Blatt Press