Jill Wagner is an Emmy-award winning news reporter and writer.
She has worked as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor at News 12 Long Island since 2008. In that time, Jill's covered a wide range of breaking news and political stories, including Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, the Boston Marathon bombings from Boston, both presidential debates at Hofstra University and the Gilgo Beach 'serial killer' investigation.
Jill won an Edward R. Murrow Award and two New York Emmy awards for a series she pitched, produced and reported about Holocaust survivors, Long Island students and World War II veterans who travelled to Auschwitz on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Jill began her career in broadcast journalism at NBC News as an assignment editor for the network’s foreign and domestic news desks. During that time she helped coordinate coverage for major news events like the tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina. After field-producing in Florida during Hurricane Wilma, Jill realized her true passion was being out in the field - not behind a desk.
So Jill headed to Lansing, Michigan, where she worked as a political reporter for the CBS affiliate in the state capital and was recognized by the Associated Press for “Best Individual Reporting.”
Jill is thrilled to be back home, reporting on issues that are important for Long Islanders. Jill grew up in Jericho and graduated from Jericho High School. She earned a degree in Communications at the University of Michigan and then a Master's degree in Religion and Political Science at Columbia University.
When she’s not reporting, Jill loves to spend time with her friends and family and her cute Vizsla dog. She also enjoys learning about the world "on foot," having run the NYC Marathon in 2009 and 2010.