Jessie Sawyer has been writing since she learned how to do so. Throughout her journalism career, she has interviewed many people including former U.S. women’s national soccer team player Brandi Chastain, Patrick Dempsey (Dr. Derek Shepherd, Grey’s Anatomy), Gary Burghoff (Radar from MASH), Kenny Mayne of ESPN and Dancing with the Stars, former Dispatch members Braddigan and Pete Francis, Barefoot Truth, Ben Sands, a candidate on The Bachelorette, Doug Gray of The Marshall Tucker Band, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy and former U.S. Senators Chris Dodd and Joseph Lieberman.
Sawyer is currently serving as the art director for television pilot pitch “Gener’s People” by ElfinMachina Productions and has done publicity work for the Theatre Guild of Simsbury.
She is a former web editor for NBCConnecticut.com and founding editor of hyperlocal news website avon.patch.com and former editor of farmington.patch.com in Connecticut. Before that, she covered New Hartford, Harwinton and Barkhamsted at The Register Citizen in Torrington, CT. She is a graduate of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network Media Lab, where she interned in 2010 and produced a tribute video to board member, lawyer and politician Peter Kelly that aired on Connecticut Public Television and was submitted for Emmy consideration. In 2007, Sawyer interned at and wrote stories for the Hartford Courant. She also has experience editing novels, doing production work on independent films and doing book publicity.
As a Bates College graduate, Maine holds a special place in her heart. She graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in English, a creative writing concentration and a Spanish minor. Her first book, Please Pardon My Spanglish, her senior thesis project, has never been published, but she hopes it will be someday. She has studied Shakespeare in London and Spanish in Spain.
Sawyer is also very involved in Connecticut’s community theater and film scene. She made her television debut in 2015 as a background actor in scenes with Alexa PenaVega, Beau Mirchoff and Renee Olstead in Lifetime film “The Murder Pact” by Synthetic Cinema. Sawyer played Ruby Rae in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Warner Theatre, Charity, one of The Angels, in Anything Goes (Suffield Players) and has performed in Curtains, The Music Man, Pride and Prejudice 9 to 5: The Musical and My Favorite Year (Theatre Guild of Simsbury), as well as Damn Yankees, Evita and Reefer Madness (Warner Theatre in Torrington) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Manchester Musical Players). She is also fond of film and singing, whether at karaoke or open mics and auditioned for American Idol‘s final season in 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Sawyer is not related to Diane Sawyer or Tom Sawyer, but is honored to share a last name with such icons.
Entertainment is a passion of hers, so she launched this site as a place where you can keep up with her writing and read about Connecticut’s entertainment scene and entertainers. You can also follow her fiction blog, Facts of Fiction at factsoffiction.wordpress.com and view her personal website jessielsawyer.wordpress.com.