Hometown: Arlington, Wisconsin
High School: Poynette High School
College: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Other Journalism Experience: Intern at WKOW-TV
Started at WISC-TV on: June 14, 2004
Facebook: Jessica Arp
What is your favorite part about living in Madison?
It's a tie between the lakes and the University. I'm always struck by how beautiful our city is, and how vibrant the UW makes it.(Especially on Badger Saturdays!)
What is the biggest news story that you've covered?
The way politics is going in Wisconsin, wait five minutes and I'll let you know! Covering the introduction of the Budget Repair Bill in 2011, through the protests and historic elections that resulted was probably the most challenging and interesting story I've ever covered. I will also never forget covering the shooting at Weston High School in September of 2006.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time? What's that? I like spending time with my family and teaching my kiddo about all the things I love-- including running (I've done two half-marathons and a full will be in my future!), yoga, scrapbooking, reading and gardening. If I get a night out I'd see a concert or try a new restaurant.
What is your family life like? Significant other, married, kids?
I was married to my wonderful husband Brad in 2005, had my daughter Hadley in 2013 and we have a labradoodle named Brees.
What is your favorite kind of ice cream?
Cookies & Cream
What is your favorite place to vacation?
Anywhere! I love to travel. So far my favorite destinations are Denver, CO, Maui, HI or Seattle, WA. I'm dying to take a bucket-list trip to Spain.
What was your favorite band when you were in high school?
I was (and still am!) a pretty big Foo Fighters fan.
What is your favorite sport to play or watch?
I love running--but love watching football or basketball.
If you could possess one superhuman power, what would it be?
I would be able to hear through walls. I'm always wondering what goes on behind closed doors, especially in the Capitol!
What are you really bad at that you'd love to be great at?
I'm not nearly as good at most team sports as I would like to be-I've wanted to be good at basketball since I was a kid but I just don't seem to have the right coordination. I'd also love to be a good skier given where we live, but am definitely not coordinated enough for that!
What is your most memorable travel experience?
Driving the Road to Hana in Maui and following a trail back to a secluded waterfall. Felt like I was in a movie. Simply magical.
What is the worst job you have ever had?
I worked for two weeks in the cafeteria in college. One day I had to wear a uniform 3 sizes too big, and serve fried fish during breakfast hours and then managed to drench myself in the giant dishwasher. I quit and started working in an office setting the next day.
What is your favorite tradition around the holidays?
My family always makes a big dinner, goes to church and opens at least a few gifts on Christmas Eve. That always seems like the most magical day of the holidays for me.
What is your favorite song of all time?
"Crash" by Dave Matthews Band
What is your favorite movie of all time?
What is your favorite book of all time?
Too hard to pick just one. I really enjoyed "Loving Frank", "Columbine", and "The Hunger Games" trilogy, all for different reasons.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Something from my Dad that came from years of showing cattle at fairs growing up: "Keep your head up, smile, and even if you get knocked around in the ring, walk out proud."
Where were you when September 11, 2001 occurred?
I was in college, and saw the second plane hit while getting breakfast in the cafeteria. I went to class, where my teacher insisted we do classwork because she didn't know what had happened. We opened the door at the end of class and the halls were filled with TVs watching the plane that had just hit the Pentagon. I remember walking home to my dorm staring at the sky and thinking things would never be the same again.