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:

The Citizen Recommends: How to Really Run A City Live Taping

The live recording will kick off the African-American Chamber of Commerce summit of Black Mayors to address the question: How can we grow Black business in cities?

By Jessica Blatt Press

Getting To Graduation, Together

Could College Together hold the answer to our nation’s higher education woes?

By Jessica Blatt Press

City Council Election 2023: Nina Ahmad Thinks Philly Needs Compassion and Science

Ahmad is the only City Council At-Large candidate who would bring two disparate experiences to the role: as a war survivor and a scientist

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Citizen Recommends: REFORM Alliance Community Day of Action

Meek Mill’s probation reform group is celebrating Second Chances Month with an event for returning citizens Saturday. All are welcome to show up and work for change

By Jessica Blatt Press

Not Your Country Club’s Squash Team

City kids playing squash? The nonprofit SquashSmarts has combined the sport with academic and social support as a college and career launchpad for hundreds of Philly kids

By Jessica Blatt Press

Integrity Icon 2023: Who is Your Public “Fun Hero?”

We’re looking for the parks, pools, arts, more happy-making people who fill our city with joy. Nominate a City worker as an Integrity Icon by March 31

By Jessica Blatt Press

LISTEN: How to Really Run a City — and be Nonpartisan

On episode 4 of The Citizen’s podcast, hosts Michael Nutter, Kasim Reed and Larry Platt talk with Republican OKC Mayor David Holt, who models pragmatism like no other leader today

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Local Company That Doesn’t Care About Your Search

Is it porn? Is it sports? Why is DuckDuckGo, the upstart challenger to Google, targeting bros?

By Jessica Blatt Press