Jessica M. Pasko is a journalist currently based in Santa Cruz, CA. Most recently she was a cops and courts reporter for a daily newspaper, covering murders, trials and fires, among other things. She has a master's in media management from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. A native of upstate New York, these days she freelances for a number of publications while enjoying living by the ocean and frolicking with her rescued dachshund-mix, Ruby Tuesday. She's previously written for the Associated Press, ArtsNews magazine, the San Jose Mercury News and many local publications. Follow her on Twitter.