Jessica Dean Biography

Jessica Dean Biography

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spouseBlake Rutherford
educationUniversity of Southern California
place_of_birthRock, Arkansas. U.S
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An American reporter and anchor, Jessica Dean, well known for co-anchoring the CBS 3’s Eyewitness News at 5, 6 & 11 p.m. and Eyewitness News at 10 p.m. on The CW Philly 57. She also contributes The Digital Brief, the daily news update on

Early Life & Education

Jessica Dean was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. U.S. She grew up with her elder sister in Arkansas area. She studied ballet at age three for nine years.

Jessica parents, especially her father, like talking in the car and traveling to points of interest, normally where the Dean family could take part in an outdoor activity.

Jessica enrolled the University of Southern California at Los Angeles where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. During her time at USC, she doctored at Dateline NBC.


After completing her graduation, she started her career as a reporter in 2006 at KNWA/KFTA in Fort Smith, Arkansas, reporting a story where she was editor, photographer, reporter, and anchor.

“That was good training,” Dean said. “I don’t want to be a photographer, and I am grateful to have graduated to television stations where I did not have be, but my time doing all of the jobs associated with getting a story on the air gave me an appreciation for the work everyone does. I know what a photographer or editor needs from me, and I am careful to make sure I provide it.”

Jessica also served as a reporter, anchor, and co-host at KATV in Little Rock. Then, she went to join KARK-TV, the NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas where she was the evening news anchor since 2011.

As a native of Arkansas, she gave her most notable years in television and journalism at two Little Rock stations, where she reported her share of “tornadoes, murders, and politics.

Jessica Dean co-anchors KARK's
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“KARK gave me the opportunities that led to this next step in my career,” added Dean. “Without KARK and the support from the people within it, this would not be possible. It’s a wonderful place filled with wonderful people committed to producing the best local newscast in the state. I’m proud to have been a part of that team.”

“Though we hate to lose Jessica, we couldn’t be more excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for her to serve nearly 3 million viewers in Philadelphia,” said KARK News Director Austin Kellerman. “Jessica has worked extremely hard and we celebrate this move with her.”


On August 2013, the CBS announced that Jessica Dean would join as weekday evening anchor, joining Chris May on the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news, the 10:00 pm. news on KYW’s sister channel, CW associate WPSG. She displaces Susan Barnett, who left KYW in April after the station had said she decided not to employ a new deal.

Jessica Dean and her co-anchor, Chris May on the CBS Studio
Source: CBS Philly

On September 2013, Jessica came to Philadelphia and currently Jessica Dean is co-anchoring with Ukee Washington of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News' at 5, 6, 11 p.m. and 'Eyewitness News' at 10 p.m. on "The CW Philly 57". She also anchors "The Digital Brief," the daily news update on

Jessica has given her mark by anchoring live from some of the region’s most notable events such as Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Jessica also anchored live from conducted numerous one-on-one interviews with top candidates during the 2016 political season and Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Since joining Channel 3, Jessica has also dedicated her free time to CBS 3’s community outreach efforts and causes including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Personal Life

Jessica is a happily married woman, she is married to Blake Rutherford. Her husband, Blake is a business and communications strategist. Being a well-established journalist, she has maintained her personal and professional life. The couple resides in Philadelphia with their Lab mix, Finn.

Jessica Dean's wedding picture


Jessica Dean also serves as Honorary Ambassador for Pennsylvania Ballet's School and Outreach Initiatives. There, she works firsthand with students of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet and participants in the Company's outreach and education programs.

Net Worth

Holding a title of well-established journalist, she has covered several events. She surely earns her attractive salary from her journalism career, and most of her income source hails from her career. On the other hand, her spouse Blake is one of the successful businessman and communications strategist. By recognizing this, we can assume that her estimated net worth to be around million dollars.

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