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Jessica Plautz

Contributor through January 2012

Jessica Plautz brought her writing, editing and multimedia skills to KPBS as a newsroom Web Producer. She began at KPBS in 2009 as an Associate Producer, returning to the station in 2011 to work on KPBS Evening Edition, a daily news show bringing San Diego local news and analysis.

She received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her master's in Mass Communication & Media Studies from San Diego State University. Her research includes social media, politics, the intersection of social media and politics, and networked publics. Her previous professional experience includes film, television, theater and print journalism.

Jessica has received awards from the San Diego Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, Scholars without Borders, the SDSU Women's Association, the Mensa Foundation, and the John F. Reeves Memorial Foundation. She is fluent in Spanish.

Recent Stories by Jessica Plautz

Voice Of San Diego Announces Layoffs

Dec. 9, 2011
By Jessica Plautz

Four employees including three reporters were let go from the nonprofit news organization, it was announced today.

Dead Whale Poses Problem In Point Loma

Nov. 21, 2011
By Jessica Plautz, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego Lifeguards today were determining what to do with a dead 50-foot fin whale that washed up ashore on an isolated Point Loma beach yesterday.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Max Bauer Passes Away

Nov. 16, 2011
By Jessica Plautz

The local Pearl Harbor survivor, who was discovered living in squalor as a victim of elder abuse in January of this year, has died of pneumonia at a convalescent home in Chula Vista.

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Committee Recommends More San Diego School Closures

Oct. 21, 2011
By Jessica Plautz

More than a dozen schools would be closed, relocated or consolidated next year under a plan being recommended by a San Diego Unified School District committee.

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Protesters March Downtown For "Occupy San Diego"

Oct. 7, 2011
By Jessica Plautz

Coverage from the community of the "Occupy San Diego" protest planned for Friday evening.

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More Hispanic Children Living In Poverty

Sept. 29, 2011
By Jessica Plautz

A new report finds there are now more Hispanic children living in poverty than any other ethnic group.

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Are Roadside Call Boxes Necessary or Outdated?

Sept. 27, 2011
By Jessica Plautz, Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

We ask why funding for roadside call boxes has nearly doubled in the past 10 years and if anyone is using them.

Bilbray, Filner Weigh In On Arizona Immigration Law Debate

July 9, 2010
By Jessica Plautz

Two local congressmen are weighing in on the federal government's attempt to block Arizona's new immigration law. The law is scheduled to take effect this month.

Camp Pendleton Opens Memorial For 1975 Vietnam Refugee 'Tent City'

April 8, 2010
By Jessica Plautz

In 1975, over 50,000 Vietnamese refugees passed through the gates of Camp Pendleton after the fall of Saigon. The Camp Pendleton Historical Society has opened an exhibit to remember the "Tent City" constructed on base to house thousands of people after the war.

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