Jessie Garcia took her love of sports and carved a path in the television news industry by becoming the state’s first female sportscaster. She was a Packers sideline reporter and host of both “The Mike Holmgren Show” and “The Mike McCarthy Show.” She works at WTMJ in Milwaukee and has published a memoir of her years following some rather famous teams and individuals called, My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting.
While at the book festival, Garcia plans to share some behind-the-scenes stories from the high profile sporting events she has covered. “I also have some fun videos to share and will do a Q & A on Wisconsin sports and on being a woman/mom in a male-dominated field,” Garcia says.
Writing books seems to be something Garcia was called to do, as she now has a second book out called, No Stone Unturned, a nonfiction account of the FitzRandolph family from Verona, whose son won an Olympic medal and whose daughter fought cancer.
In describing the work, she says, “This book chronicles their life journey—from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows—and also details why they chose to fight her cancer with alternative medicine and what they think worked and didn't."
Garcia's third book, which is not yet titled, will be a "history of Olympians who have Wisconsin connections. The book goes from 1900 to present day detailing various Olympics and the Wisconsinites who competed in them. It will be published by the same publisher as the first, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.”
Garcia is also an adjunct professor of journalism in the Milwaukee area and is married with two boys.
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