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.


Stories by Jessica Blatt Press:

Hey, Philly! Let’s Hire a Mayor!

In less than one year, Philadelphians will elect our city’s 100th mayor. How about this time we citizens play the role of employer?

By Jessica Blatt Press

Safe at Home

Philadelphia’s Eviction Diversion Program has become a model for cities around the country — and a lifesaver for Philadelphia families

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Citizen Recommends: Jason Kelce’s New Do-Good Line of Merch

With Underdog Apparel, the Philadelphia Eagles’ star center is selling tees, totes, fanny packs, hats and more to benefit Philly kids everywhere.

By Jessica Blatt Press

Ideas We Should Steal: A Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Care

An Oklahoma program helps save police resources and provide better care for residents in distress. Could Philly do the same to combat our mental health care crisis?

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 during the 2022-23 school year

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Rookie’s Guide to Biking in Philly

Expert tips for hitting Philadelphia's mean streets on two wheels

By Jessica Blatt Press

Generation Change Philly: The Carbon Slayer

With his Navy Yard-based company, Ecosave, Marcelo Rouco is providing the kind of win-win solution that’s good for businesses, the city and the planet.

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Citizen Recommends: PHILADELPHIA250’s “Leave a Legacy” Kickoff Workshop

Planning has begun for Philly’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of American independence. An event next week will launch a citywide search for ways to memorialize the event by the people, for all the people

By Jessica Blatt Press