Jessica Schneider is a journalist and attorney who joined CBS 2 News in December 2011.
Prior to joining WCBS-TV, Schneider worked as a trial lawyer at two New York City law firms. She focused her practice on the defense of product liability, construction and catastrophic injury matters in New York and New Jersey. She is currently admitted to practice law in federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey.
Schneider obtained her law degree from the University of Connecticut while working as Weekend Morning Anchor and morning reporter for WFSB Channel 3 in Hartford, Connecticut. For four grueling years, she worked the early morning shift while attending law school at night.
In 2010, Schneider earned her juris doctor degree and graduated with honors from the UConn School of Law. While in law school, she worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. and served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Peter Dorsey in federal court in the District of Connecticut. Schneider was also an Articles Editor for the Connecticut Journal of International Law, Secretary for the Connecticut Moot Court Board, and a Representative for the Student Bar Association.
Schneider worked at WFSB Channel 3 from 2005 to 2010, before leaving the television business to pursue a career as an attorney. While at WFSB, Schneider served as New Haven Bureau Chief, reporter, and Weekend Anchor.
From 2002 to 2005, Schneider worked at Capital News 9, now YNN and the sister station of NY1, in Albany, New York. She was hired as the Amsterdam Bureau Chief and eventually moved to the Albany newsroom where she worked as a reporter for Capital Tonight, the station’s nightly political show. While at Capital News 9, Schneider was part of the Emmy-award winning team for the half-hour special, “Exterior Designs.”
Schneider attended Boston University where she graduated with dual degrees in Journalism and Political Science in 2002. She had the pleasure of being chosen as the Commencement Speaker for the College of Communication, and was also honored as the school’s “Most Distinguished Journalism Student.”
She credits the TV news program at her high school in Manchester, Connecticut for infusing her with a passion for journalism, and is thrilled to be back in television where she can combine her legal knowledge and experience with her love for reporting.
Schneider currently lives in Manhattan where she takes full advantage of all the city has to offer. She is a mentor for high school students as part of iMentor.org. She loves to travel to far-off places, ski, workout, read, and hopes to run her first marathon in New York City in the next few years.