My name is Jessica Lussenhop, I'm a senior staff writer for BBC News.

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I'm based in the BBC's Washington, D.C., bureau, and previously worked as the managing editor of the St. Louis Riverfront Times.

I'm an alum of the Minneapolis City Pages and the Santa Cruz Weekly. 

Born and raised in the North Star State.

Business Insider once called me one of the "Best Young Writers on the Internet." I do my best to live up to that.

Reach me at: jessica [dot] lussenhop @ bbc.co.uk