Jacki started her on-air TV career as a sports reporter in Hagerstown, MD where she was a one-woman-band – shooting, writing, editing, and working the teleprompter with her foot.
In 1999, Jacki moved to NYC and joined Pseudo.com – the world’s first interactive TV network. She hosted 3-5 hours of live programming daily, interviewing everyone from Arianna Huffington and Dick Morris to the Coyote Ugly bartenders and The Baroness – NYC’s queen of latex. After Pseudo fell victim to the dot-com bust, Jacki stayed in NYC, hosting a digital culture and technology series for Discovery International and pilots for the History Channel and the Travel Channel.
In 2004, Jacki took a job with Kuma and made news reports for their reality-based video games. A year later, CNN called, and on Valentine’s Day 2005, she moved to Washington, DC to become the first Internet Correspondent in cable news. In her almost three years with CNN, Jacki appeared on television multiple times every day, winning both a Peabody Award for her participation in the network’s coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and an Emmy Award for CNN’s 2006 midterm election coverage.
In 2007, Jacki started her own blog, wrote a bit for AMERICAblog, and decided it was time to fight for something she strongly believed in. In June 2008, she became the National Communications Director for Health Care for America Now (HCAN) – the nation’s largest health care reform campaign. In that capacity, Jacki spearheaded communications for a coalition of more than 1100 organizations with field operations in 46 states.
After health care reform passed in March 2010, Jacki moved to Miami – her hometown – and set up shop as a consultant, specializing in all aspects of communications, including social media best practices and optimization, press relations, strategic messaging and branding, advertising, writing, editing, and presentation training. She also served as the Director of Digital Strategy for Fitzgibbon Media.
Al Gore’s Current TV brought Jacki back to broadcast media in March 2012. She produced and delivered live political news updates for The Bill Press Show and Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller, while contributing to political coverage elsewhere on the network. Al Jazeera bought Current in January 2013 and replaced it with Al Jazeera America programming nine months later.
Since 2013, Jacki has contributed on-air weekly to Tell me Everything with John Fugelsang on SiriusXM (formerly Insight and now Progress) and The Stephanie Miller Show, which is syndicated nationwide, heard on SiriusXM Progress, and watched on Free Speech TV. At the same time, she has continued her communications consulting work from Los Angeles.
Most recently, Jacki served as Editor-in-Chief for The Committee to Investigate Russia, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization built to help Americans understand the gravity of Russia's continuing attacks on our democracy. While the project ended with the release of the Mueller Reporter in March 2019, InvestigateRussia.org remains online today as a valuable reference tool and searchable research archive.