Jennifer Conn is a digital reporter who covers northeast Ohio, where she has deep roots. A native of Cuyahoga Falls, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Kent State University and has covered the region for a variety of news outlets.

Most recently, she helped build an Akron news presence for a National Public Radio affiliate. As Akron reporter at Cleveland.com/Plain Dealer, she launched “Rubber City Daily,” a newsletter aggregating original reporting and news from Akron’s major media outlets. While on the launch team of the Devil Strip, an Akron arts & culture magazine, Jennifer wrote long-form features about the music scene, the community and its history. She wrote business news for Crain Communications’ national trade magazines and freelanced for Crain's Akron Business. 

In addition to reporting news, Jennifer managed communications for Akron Community Foundation and was senior writer for AKHIA PR & Communications. As an adjunct instructor at Kent State and the University of Akron, Jennifer taught newswriting, English composition and English as a Second Language.

Jennifer has done extensive reporting on the immigrant and refugee communities in Summit County. A federally designed welcoming city, Akron opens its doors to people from around the world seeking a safe place to live. Her stories have given immigrants a voice during election season and reported on how they've fared during the pandemic. Jennifer is proud to be able to shed light on this population's role in the community.  One feature about a group of young Bhutanese volunteers who served immigrant families grappling with COVID-19 generated the donations the group needed to buy food, medicine and other supplies for their work.

An outdoor enthusiast, Jennifer enjoys hiking, kayaking and stargazing, and loves walking the trails of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Summit Metro Parks with her dogs.

You can reach her at Jennifer.Conn@charter.com and follow her on Twitter @JenniferConn9.