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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 serves on the board of The Bullhorn News, the independent, student-run newspaper of the School District of Philadelphia, and was in the inaugural cohort of journalists to receive training from The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting.

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Stories by Jessica Blatt Press:

Listen: The State — and Future — of Policing in Cities

The latest episode of our How to Really Run a City podcast presents the final installment of an in-depth conversation between legendary Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and co-hosts Kasim Reed, Michael Nutter, and Larry Platt

By Jessica Blatt Press

INTEGRITY ICON 2024: LOOKING FOR HEROES

Know an amazing city worker? Nominate them for our 4th annual Integrity Icon Awards. The deadline is February 21

By Jessica Blatt Press

Saving Women’s Hearts

Heart disease, which kills one in three women every year, is the number one cause of death in the United States. Temple cardiologist Deborah Crabbe is on a mission to change that.

By Jessica Blatt Press

Citizen of the Year Awards: Dr. David C. Fajgenbaum

The Penn Medicine physician turned his five near-death experiences into a mission to save the lives of people suffering from humanity’s 12,000 known diseases. Is it any wonder, then, that Fajgenbaum is our Citizen of the Year?

By Jessica Blatt Press

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Robert Saleem Holbrook

The A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Social Justice Champion spent 27 years in prison before a Supreme Court ruling set him free. Now, he teaches about criminal justice at Penn and heads the Abolitionist Law Center

By Jessica Blatt Press

Listen: Gang Wars and Good Data

In the newest installment of How to Really Run a City, The Citizen’s acclaimed podcast, legendary Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey returns for a powerful conversation about public safety.

By Jessica Blatt Press

Philly Was First

Philadelphians invented Girl Scout Cookies, bubblegum, the American schoolhouse, the computer — and the research that led to Covid-19 vaccines. Here are ways to celebrate the many firsts from our city on the first of this new year

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Year In — Good Citizen — Sports

Win or lose on the field, Philadelphia athletes and teams continued to make us proud in 2023 with their extracurricular commitment to community.

By Jessica Blatt Press

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