Jessica Arp

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Hometown: Arlington, Wisconsin

High School: Poynette High School

College: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Other Journalism Experience: Intern at WKOW-TV

Started at News 3 Now on: June 14, 2004

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!


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Off-duty officers attend Capitol singalong

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Bus service begins to Owl Creek amid concerns over violence

Madison College president begins while former leader still paid

Local family concerned about relatives in Syria

Chief Wray suggests internal chief search, reflects on tenure

Lawmakers consider underage drinking exemption

State looks to change farm-implement rules

Search process starts for new Madison Police Chief

Reaction to federal drug prosecution policy mixed

Information deluge on Obamacare begins

Search to begin soon for Wray’s replacement

Block party likely to continue despite entertainment concerns

Drunken-driving victims plead with lawmakers to stiffen penalties

Reilly to leave UW System this year

Crowd larger, citations issued during singalong at Capitol

Police warn of thieves ‘apple picking’

New UW chancellor settles in after first day on the job

State lawmakers to begin final budget debate

Assembly to debate on Tuesday, Senate expected to take up budget on Thursday

Lawmakers fast-track abortion bills

Planned Parenthood rallied on the steps of the Capitol Tuesday

Election reform bill advances to Assembly

Bill would allow voters to make registration changes online

Budget item eliminates forms showing DOT costs

Request to eliminate the forms came from the top of the DOT

Lawmakers finalize state budget issues

Most controversial issues are left to vote on

Lawmakers continue work on budget deal

Details being worked out to cut taxes, boost school revenue

Still no deal on school funding, vouchers

Co-chairs say it has been difficult to find agreement among Republicans

Republican lawmaker announces tax simplification plan to cut income taxes

Democrats argue money used for tax cuts should go to public schools instead

Local partnership plans Oklahoma relief effort

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Research breakthrough could reignite cloning debate

Lawmaker may reintroduce 2005 bill to ban procedure

Political group may have been targeted by IRS

IRS accused of unfairly targeting conservative organizations

Lawmakers consider how to spend $575M in unexpected revenue

Reps. on both sides eye K-12 funding increase

Lawmakers cite frustration with jobs agency

WEDC board holds emergency meeting

Bill in Legislature would help homeowners refinance

State lawmakers reject Circus World plan

Ryan holds listening sessions with constituents

Budget battle continues in light of UW fund surplus

Lawmakers to introduce competing venture capital bills

Wisconsin’s Air National Guard braces for sequestration impact

Lawmakers question UW System president

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