She couldn’t walk down the street in Philly without being mobbed. Was she happy about it? Not really. She was worried about it, worried that people wouldn’t take her seriously, worried that she would be judged on her looks and not on her reporting skills. Sure she was blonde, and sure she was pretty. But she was, first, a very good journalist. And that’s what mattered most.
— Maury Z. Levy, Former Editorial Director, Philadelphia Magazine
Jessica and the KYW documentary unit created three groundbreaking series, each of which focused on changing roles for women in society. Rape – The Ultimate Violation aired in 1974 when the subject was strictly taboo on television. The series is credited for prompting new legislation protecting the rights of rape victims and won a Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications.
Natural High showed viewers a new approach to childbirth, shunning anesthesia and involving the father in the process. The series included an actual birth, which, at the time, was considered too graphic for television.
Lady Law followed the first crop of female police officers in Philadelphia, probing the controversy over women’s fitness for duty. The series won awards from the Broadcast Media Conference and the Association for Women in Communications.