Jessica Willey
When Jessica Willey was 5 years old, she drew a picture. On it was the headline, 'I want to be a news reporter.' Even then, she knew what she wanted to do and today she's at the best station in the country doing it. Jessica's career has taken her from Texas and back with that goal in mind.

Since joining the Eyewitness News Team in 2000, she has reported from Iraq, Kuwait, Germany, Mexico and Italy as well as from across the country on some of the biggest stories in the world. Osama bin Laden's killing, Hurricane Katrina, Pope John Paul II's passing and the War in Iraq have been some of the most memorable. In 2013, Jessica was the first local reporter "live" from Boston hours after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

Jessica has been honored for her work. The Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association has recognized her for her reporting. She has also been awarded a regional Emmy for a half hour program about a controversial museum exhibition from Germany. That same special won a national award -- a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television.

Jessica came to Channel 13 from KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City. She started her career in Denison, Texas.

Jessica graduated from Boston University. During college, she spent a semester abroad in England and was a member of BU's Varsity Crew Team. Now she challenges herself by running half marathons.

Besides reporter, Jessica has other titles -- Wife and Mom. She and her husband, a native Houstonian, have three precious children. It's true what they say about the 3rd child -- they're easy. Her first two, a boy and a girl, have learned to share early on; they were born on the same day 2 years apart ... and, no, it wasn't on purpose!

Jessica's Stories
Man gunned down near Houston's River Oaks neighborhood possibly linked to rapper, records show
As authorities search for leads in the shooting, ABC13 is looking at records and social media posts that may link the victim's identity to a rapper who was involved in a self-defense shooting weeks before.
Man accused of using fraudulent checks to buy at least 5 luxury cars at Houston dealerships
The 44-year-old was caught after someone spotted a Ferrari he got away with, which was rare because of its unique shade of blue, at a restaurant, documents state.
2nd arrest made in 16-year-old's murder as records reveal shooting happened during gun purchase
The detail emerges as deputies make a second arrest in the February murder of the Dekaney High School student.
Suspect shoots himself in stomach after firing rifle during SWAT standoff in Galleria area, HPD says
Police believe the suspect called 911 himself, threatening to open fire on his apartment complex. That's exactly what happened when his neighbor was hit in the foot by a rifle shot.
17-year-old charged with kidnapping migrants following FBI raid at Greenspoint motel, records say
Court records say the teen Josiah Lamarion Jackson,17, and an accomplice Alberto Montes held the two victims at another hotel days before the Thursday raid.
1 killed in hostage rescue that ended in shooting involving FBI in Greenspoint area, agency says
SkyEye video shows a tarp covering the open door to one of the motel rooms. ABC13 watched agents go in and out of that room and another one two doors down.
Shots fired when family goes after theft suspect from Galleria area to Midtown, HPD said
Police said the victims had a designer purse and gaming device stolen from their vehicle, prompting them to go after the suspect before he got away on foot.
3 exotic birds remain missing after owner's Pasadena home was broken into: 'I want them home safe'
The suspect has been arrested, and at least four birds were recovered, but three remain missing. Now, the owner is in fear of where the others might be.
2-year-old girl dead after dad takes her out of day care, attacks her mom before chase, deputies say
The tense situation started when authorities say the man took his 2-year-old daughter out of day care and attacked the child's mother.
Man in jail on murder charge after allegedly killing friend responsible for girlfriend's death
Investigators say retribution motivated a broad-daylight shooting that took place a couple of days after a woman's killing at a Sonic Drive-In.