Jessica A. Blais
Jessica joined The Poynter Institute in 2005 with more than 25 years of experience in journalism and corporate communications. As Marketing Director, she is a member of the Institute’s strategic planning team and is responsible for the promotion of curricular programs and public events. Jessica began her career in radio news, working on-air in Philadelphia before becoming the marketing director for a large retail development group in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1996, she moved with her family to Tampa and continued to work as a corporate marketing director for five years. In 2001, Jessica returned to journalism and served for three years as Associate Editor of Tampa’s city-lifestyle publication, Metro Magazine. Additionally, Jessica has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina.