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Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen

Jessica Owen is regional reporter for Village Media, primarily covering Simcoe County matters, education, Collingwood and Barrie matters.
She has made newsroom stops at the Voice of Pelham, the Niagara Falls Review and the Brockville Recorder & Times fulfilling multiple roles including reporter, editor, photographer and designer, settling in Simcoe County as multimedia editor of the Barrie Examiner in August 2014.
She quickly moved up to assistant regional editor two years later to oversee the five community newspapers Postmedia owned in the region, including the Orillia Packet & Times, The Enterprise-Bulletin, the Innisfil Examiner and the Bradford Times until their closure in November of 2017.
Owen started freelancing for Village Media in February 2018, coming on full time in May of the same year.

Recent Work by Jessica

Rainbow crosswalk and art installation a ‘huge step’ for Collingwood’s LGBTQ community

Rainbow crosswalk and art installation a ‘huge step’ for Collingwood’s LGBTQ community

Preparation for 2021 Collingwood Pride underway by Rainbow Club of South Georgian Bay
County landfill closures could spark 'crisis' and more exported trash

County landfill closures could spark 'crisis' and more exported trash

Oro-Medonte landfill could close as early as 2024; 'It’s not fair for us to keep shoving off to send our crap somewhere else,' says Oro-Medonte deputy mayor
‘There’s going to be a crisis’: County landfill closures mean more exported trash

‘There’s going to be a crisis’: County landfill closures mean more exported trash

'Should we be planning what our next steps are regarding landfill capacity now?' Tiny Township Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma asks at recent county council meeting
Retired Collingwood banker gives back to hospital

Retired Collingwood banker gives back to hospital

People of Collingwood: Jennifer Young, former banker and past chair with the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation
‘There’s going to be a crisis’: County landfill closures mean more exported trash

‘There’s going to be a crisis’: County landfill closures mean more exported trash

Collingwood landfill could close as early as 2024 pushing more waste out of the region
‘There’s going to be a crisis’: County landfill closures mean more exported trash

‘There’s going to be a crisis’: County landfill closures mean more exported trash

Collingwood landfill could close as early as 2024 pushing more waste out of the region
‘There’s going to be a crisis’: County landfill closures mean more exported trash

‘There’s going to be a crisis’: County landfill closures mean more exported trash

Collingwood landfill could close as early as 2024 pushing more waste out of the region
‘There’s going to be a crisis’: County landfill closures mean more exported trash

‘There’s going to be a crisis’: County landfill closures mean more exported trash

Collingwood landfill could close as early as 2024 pushing more waste out of the region
York Region's first integrity commissioner complaint sparks confusion, frustration

York Region's first integrity commissioner complaint sparks confusion, frustration

‘It’s frankly not acceptable that I can’t ask the integrity commissioner questions,’ said Newmarket Mayor John Taylor in regards to report that outlines a complaint by a constituent who was blocked on Twitter by Regional Councillor Carmine Perrelli
Continued spike in COVID 911 calls may impact response time: York Region paramedics chief

Continued spike in COVID 911 calls may impact response time: York Region paramedics chief

The region's hospitals are 'extremely busy' and 'very stressed', with many patients coming from outside York Region, medical officer of health says