Jessica Naudziunas has 12+ years of media experience with specialties in audio, video, and deeply data-driven strategy.
She’s a true first-generation digital director with a clear view of the media world pre-internet. She has an expert-level grasp on current digital media trends. Jessica has launched brands onto new platforms, often been the first in new roles, and brought new tools + technology to her teams.
She’s the current managing editor for lifestyle news at ABC News + Good Morning America where she leads producers at all levels, sets the digital lifestyle video strategy for the brand, and senior manages all aspects of lifestyle digital video for GMA across the entire brand portfolio platform suite. You can find her frequently collaborating with broadcast, digital, social, and website leaders to bring best-in-class projects to our audiences.
She is also a lecturer at The New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. She teaches newsroom production to undergraduate students who are exploring the field of journalism for a possible career. Giving back to others is key and this is one way she’s found a niche for service at the intersection of media + education for the next generation.
In 2020, she was selected for the competitive Leadership Academy for Women in Media program through the Poynter Institute.
In 2020, she was the Executive Producer on the award winning special “Their Painful Bond: Black Mothers Speak Out Together on Their Unimaginable Loss.” Deborah Roberts interviewed the mothers of: Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Botham Jean, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Antwon Rose and Trayvon Martin — who have all lost a son or a daughter, for a conversation on their shared bond in mourning, and their journeys and sacrifices as Black mothers in America.
The special was aired on every major news broadcast on ABC News. The piece is also available to stream on HULU. That project was awarded the Front Page Award for Best Television Interview by the Newswoman’s Club of New York.
In 2021, she kicked off the new year at Good Morning America with the launch of the very first GMA INSPIRATION LIST — the first ever who’s who list at Good Morning America celebrating heritage + identities in American culture. A true team effort, this collaborative project combined the powers of over six different departments at ABC News and is a shining example for how teamwork should be the wind in any project’s sails. The list was launched first to celebrate Black History Month 2021. Over 92 Black celebrities and other notables nominated their pick for who is making Black history, right here, right now.
Prior to ABC News, Jessica was the supervising producer of video at BuzzFeed News where she launched the news division’s first live news channels, brought BuzzFeed News video to Apple News, and led the day-to-day operations of the news video team. At NowThis, she helped debut the company on Snapchat as a producer on the company’s emerging platforms team. At The New York Times she was an associate video journalist on the Video Unit.
In 2016, she was part of The New York Times team that won the Best Of The Web Multimedia award from the National Press Photographers Association.
Previously, Jessica was a news reporter for public media stations in the Midwest, and a local NPR Morning Edition host in Indiana. Her Harvest Public Media team won the Heart of America Award from the SPJ. She has been awarded multiple Edward R. Murrow honors and a SPJ Award for her audio reporting for the NPR network.
She holds a Master’s degree in documentary film from The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from The University of Tulsa, in Oklahoma.
She once lived in a tent in Hawaii where she worked as a farmhand for a local goat milk dairy farm. A former Division I athlete, she loves a good challenge, and straight talk — she was born and raised in the city of Chicago where they don’t have time to beat around the bush. She spends the rest of her free time mentoring young people in media.