Hey!

My name is Jill and I’m a journalist who is always seeking out new and exciting stories to cover.

I’m currently an associate producer for Quake Media, where I’m working on a twice-weekly newsmagazine hosted by Soledad O’Brien, a daily news podcast hosted by Gretchen Carlson. Both shows cover national headlines, recent stories including the power of Black female voters, soft racism, and the Lincoln Project’s work to sway the Republican vote.

I also produced and edited the Empowered Health, an evidence-based women’s health podcast hosted by award-winning journalist Emily Kumler. We’ve interviewed more than 100 sources on Empowered Health about these issues including Laurie Glimcher, the CEO of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Robert Gabbay, the medical director of Joslin Diabetes, and Dr. Sharonne Hayes, the medical director of the Mayo Clinic’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

My past lives were at Inframation News covering energy infrastructure, local reporting at the Times Beacon Record News and Amherst Indie, and writing travel features at GoNOMAD. I spent a majority of my college years writing for HerCampus UMass Amherst and Amherst Wire. During my senior year, I worked for UMass Amherst’s College of Information and Computer Sciences covering college events and writing profiles on award recipients, students, professors and research fellows.

I am especially interested in telling stories about people and places that are typically ignored by the mainstream media. I most enjoy producing stories exploring equity, systems, health, and climate change. I’m deeply interested in investigative work, personal stories, and long-form narratives. I’m also passionate about interviewing sources affected by diseases, disorders, and wellness fads in an effort to exemplify how women are constantly dismissed, stigmatized, and ignored by the medical system.

I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in journalism and communication and pursuing a film studies certificate and IT minor. My aspiration is to become an investigative reporter covering marginalized communities with the skill set to produce shareable formats of my stories.

When I’m not chasing down stories, you can find me in Shavasana at my local yoga studio, finishing up one of my many overdue library books, or buying overpriced baked goods.

I’ll leave you with a picture of my cat, Potion, in his Halloween costume 🙂

– JMW