A national survey about the best toppings on burgers by GrubHub included Cheddar and Swiss cheese, but to Jessica Hartman, a reporter for tv station 44 News in Indiana, that the real answer should be, “Green Chile’s from Pueblo, Colorado!”

Giving a plug for her hometown of Pueblo, she said, “It’s what we are known for in my home town and it is the best thing on everything. We put it on pizza, we put it on burgers, we smothers things with a green Chile sauce. It’s delicious.”

Jessica likes Pueblo Chile so much that she brought a case with her to her new home state and told her fellow reporters that she would bring some in to share with them.

This 5’10 beauty was born and raised in Pueblo and is a fourth generation Coloradoan. She attributes her rural roots from being raised country in the County to have given her a strong work ethic, importance of community, a love for animals as well as her fellow man, and a deep desire to succeed.

Growing up, Jessica became accustomed to being in the spotlight from the young age of just two-years-old, taking part in figure skating competitions, dance recitals, plays and speaking contests, which prepared her for being in the public eye as a news castor.

Jessica received a gold medal for senior level moves in the field and free skating, the highest level and honor earned by a figure skater.

In high school, she held numerous leadership positions with the Future Farmers of America, including two terms as the chapter vice president, was the chair of various community service projects and was a strong member of 4-H, a national youth development program. She graduated from Pueblo County High School in 2009.

Jessica dreamed of becoming a news anchor, the next Katie Couric. She attended Colorado State University-Pueblo focusing on mass communications – as a Kane Scholar, with a full-ride scholarship for her being a top student who excelled in academics, was respected by instructors, and highly involved in her community, with great communication skills. She transferred from CSU-Pueblo to Lindenwood University in St. Louis her Sophmore year and graduated from there.

While in college at 19-years-old, Jessica won the title of Miss Colorado of 2010. She then placed third in the Miss USA Pageant. She was first runner up in the Colorado Teen USA contest in 2009. She was crowned Miss Missouri in 2014.

According to one profile about her, “her numerous appearances in front of a large audience and her love for public speaking, makes her a natural news anchor. She believes it is important that the public be informed not only about political and economical issues, but also issues they can relate to on a daily basis.”

Here’s a link to the broadcast that she posted on her Facebook page:

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