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HOW WE BECAME FRIENDS

The year was 2018. We were both working in TV in New York City, and both feeling a bit of loneliness in the big city.  As is common these days, we met over Instagram, since we were in the same industry! We quickly discovered we had a lot of the same interests, morals and values; it was an instant friendship! Unplanned, and kind of random, in 2020 we both decided to start an MBA Program.  Justine full-time while taking a break from TV and Jillian part-time while plugging away at work.  Justine has since graduated and is back in the TV sports world part-time while Jillian is finishing up her last few classes and will graduate soon!  Life has taken us from NYC to Chicago and Philadelphia but we remained friends through it all. 

JILLIAN: THE BACKSTORY

Jillian started her nearly 20 year career in broadcasting in 2005. Her first job took her to Presque Isle, Maine as a news and sports reporter/anchor. From there, she took on the overnights in Binghamton, NY as the morning news producer and anchor. While the overnights were not necessarily her favorite, they sure liked her, as she went on to succeed in morning TV for 15 years.  At 24 years old she made it back home to Philadelphia where she spent nearly 10 years toggling between news and sports. She co-hosted a high school football show and worked on various specials that earned her two Emmy Awards.  Her next jump took her to network news in New York City for nearly 5 years before coming back home. She has covered everything from Presidential Elections and hurricanes to multiple World Series and other sporting events.  Jillian was on the ground in Las Vegas hours after the horrific shooting occurred that rocked the nation, she covered the Covid-19 pandemic extensively from the heart of Manhattan. She has been blessed to interview some of our World War II and D-Day heroes. In 2023 she decided it was time to forge her own path so she started a Communications Company and will be graduating from La Salle University in Philadelphia with her MBA after 3 years of taking one class at a time while working full-time. 

JUSTINE: THE BACKSTORY

Justine is a sports reporter turned management consultant, who has spent the better part of a decade on-air.  Justine began her career in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she covered everything from breaking news, politics and crime to the American Idol Finale in Los Angeles and high school football. Justine made it to the #1 media market at 26, as a host and reporter for SNY in NYC. There she worked with some of the biggest names in sports as a host and reporter. She covered 3 seasons on the sidelines for UConn Women’s Basketball and occasionally on the sidelines for the Mets. She eventually launched and hosted her own primetime show on the network, “The Thread,” in 2019. Justine took a leap of faith at the height of the pandemic to pursue an MBA. She attended the Mendoza College of Business where she was awarded a prestigious Forté Fellowship. Justine graduated magna cum laude in 2021 with a focus on strategy and marketing. She now lives in Chicago with a full-time job in management consulting where she has worked with senior leaders at several Fortune 500 companies across various industries. In the meantime, she keeps her love and passion for sports and television alive as a freelance sideline reporter and studio host for Big Ten Network.

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