• Jessica Schneider is a justice correspondent based in Washington, D.C. In addition to being an award-winning journalist, she is also an attorney.

    Schneider was one of the first on the ground to cover the Orlando Nightclub Shooting, and reported extensively on the Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla incident, and its potential legal implications.

    Prior to joining CNN, Schneider worked as a reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City where she covered legal issues and law enforcement. Schneider was one block from the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013, celebrating her brother's completion of the race, when the bombs went off. She reported from the scene all week, and went back to Boston for the one-year anniversary of the attack. Schneider's legal expertise was at the forefront during WCBS' continuing coverage of the Etan Patz murder trial in New York City; she live tweeted the courtroom proceedings where cameras weren't allowed, and walked viewers through the legal wranglings of the 17-day jury deliberation that ended in a mistrial.

    Schneider was honored with an Emmy Award for her Continuing Coverage of the Return Home New Jersey initiative by Governor Chris Christie. For 9 months, and over the course of 6 separate stories, Schneider interviewed anxious parents of disabled adults, questioned and confronted Governor Christie and his appointees, and provided detailed analysis of the program that would have forced hundreds of disabled people into group homes in New Jersey, removing them from the facilities around the country that they had lived in for decades. As a result of the media coverage, and a relentless push from parents, Governor Christie backed down in July 2015, canceling the Return Home New Jersey program.

    Schneider worked for two years as a litigation attorney at two New York City law firms, focusing on the defense of product liability, construction and catastrophic injury matters in New York and New Jersey. Schneider attended the University of Connecticut School of Law where she was an Articles Editor for the Connecticut Journal of International Law, was one of 40 law students chosen to work at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., and represented criminal defendants in Connecticut courts as part of the Criminal Clinic at UConn Law. Upon graduating with honors in 2010, Schneider took and passed the New York and New Jersey bar exams, and was admitted to practice law in both states as well as their federal courts.

    Schneider began her career as a video journalist at the Time Warner cable channel Capital News 9, now YNN/Time Warner Cable News, where she worked as Amsterdam, NY Bureau Chief and Political Reporter. Schneider attended law school while working as Weekend Morning Anchor and Reporter at WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.

    Schneider is originally from Manchester, Connecticut where she credits her high school news program, MHS TV News, with inspiring her and fueling her passion for journalism. Schneider graduated from Boston University in 2002 with degrees in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism, and was honored to be chosen to give the Commencement Address for the College of Communication. Follow Jessica on Twitter: @SchneiderCNN