Alumni Early Achievement Award
Federal Official Court Reporter, US District Court, Southern District of Illinois
Fairview Heights, IL
Confident in the skills she built in the Realtime Reporting program on DMACC’s Newton Campus, all Hannah Jagler wanted was a chance to work in a high-profile courthouse.
For months she sent resumes to courthouses across the country hoping to catch the eye of the right person.
Just as she began to get discouraged at the lack of replies, Hannah got the call that she says changed everything for her and her family. That call came from the United States District Court in the Southern District of Illinois. Based in East St. Louis, the job provided the type of opportunity that Hannah had dreamed about for her three years as a Realtime Reporter.
Upon acceptance of the position, Hannah, her husband Justin and their two children, Aurora and Valerie, moved south. In her position as a Federal Official Court Reporter, Hannah prepares verbatim transcripts during federal court cases to be used by attorneys, judges and litigants. No matter the type of case, from a controversial criminal trial to a government corruption trial, in her role, Hannah must produce a complete and accurate record of the proceedings.
Active in student organizations through her graduation in 2017, Hannah remains involved in a number of professional organizations today, including the National Court Reporters Association and United States Court Reporters Association. She has also earned a number of skills-based certifications and honors including being a Registered Professional Reporter, Certified Realtime Reporter, Registered Merit Reporter, and Federal Realtime Reporter.
In addition to working her dream job, Hannah enjoys spending time with her family, birding – a hobby she didn’t anticipate falling so deeply into – and roller skating. Hannah says she always has her skates with her and has even skated around a courthouse or two (with permission, of course) on her lunch breaks.
Hannah’s rapid rise to the federal court has been impressive and we congratulate her on a well-deserved 2021 DMACC Alumni Early Achievement Award.