(FYI, the sound quality of the recording improves dramatically after six and a half minutes.)
Tessa Duvall joined The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville as the education, children and families reporter in December 2014. Her reporting focuses on the issues that affect children living in Northeast Florida, including juvenile justice and mental health. As a John Jay College Center for Media, Crime and Justice fellow in 2016, Tessa began reporting extensively on juvenile life without parole and the years-long resentencing efforts underway in Florida. As a 2017 National Fellow and Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being grantee through the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism, she will continue her reporting on the root causes of why a disproportionately high rate of Jacksonville-area kids commit homicide.
For her coverage of juvenile justice and the legal system, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Awards and The Florida Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism each awarded Tessa first place in their respective justice reporting competitions for 2017. The Jacksonville-based Atlantic Institute also selected her as its 2017 Diversity in Media award recipient. Her reporting on the transformation of a troubled school led to her speaking at TEDxJacksonville in 2015. Tessa graduated with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and sociology from Western Kentucky University in 2013, and spent a year covering education in the dusty oil fields of West Texas before moving to the Sunshine State. Outside of work, Tessa is actively involved as a volunteer with TEDxJacksonville and a member of the Junior League of Jacksonville, and is the proud human of her adopted dog, Bear.
(Bartle Doo, not Bear.)