Jen Anesi grew up in the small town of Hudson, WI, and pursued dual degrees in French horn performance and music education at DePaul University and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She left school her junior year to join the Army National Guard, where she served as a combat medic for almost three years. Jen was honorably discharged following the birth of her son in 2005. She graduated magna cum laude in 2010 with a BA in Journalism from Oakland University, where she also earned the school's prestigious College of Arts and Sciences Meritorious Achievement Award.
Over the past few years, Jen has freelanced for The Oakland Press , The Oakland Post, MLive.com and Rochester Patch, which she helped launch in October of 2010 before being hired as Local Editor of Oakland Township Patch. In December 2011, she left Oakland Township Patch and took over as editor of Troy Patch.
Jen currently lives in Rochester Hills with her son.
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While I tend to lean left on social issues, I lean right on fiscal and other issues and do not consider myself either Democrat or Republican. Regardless of my personal beliefs, I do everything I can to stay as politically neutral, fair and balanced as I can in all of my reporting.
I am not religious, though I respect others' religious beliefs and enjoy learning about different religions.
Local Hot-Button Issues
There are many, many hot-button issues in Troy, including the recent transit center controversy and the ongoing effort to recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels. The community is diverse, vibrant, and busy, busy, busy. Keeping my finger on the pulse of city government is a priority, as is covering police, school, sports and business news.