Though Jill is relatively new to focusing on pickup trucks, she’s been in the automotive biz for nearly two decades. She launched her career as the automotive editor for Pioneer Press Newspapers, a weekly suburban newspaper owned by the Sun-Times News Group with a circulation of more than 500,000.
She started writing reviews with a much-needed female perspective and a keen eye toward what many general consumers are seeking by covering topics such as driving position, cargo space, vehicle amenities and seat comfort. This focus on consumers’ needs and interests has been a hallmark throughout her career, as she transitioned first to a position as the online automotive editor for the Chicago Sun-Times, and then worked as the first automotive blogger for the Chicago Tribune. Following those roles, she became the online automotive editor for Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns or operates nearly 200 TV stations in 88 markets.
As the managing editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk, you’ll see her writing news and reviews, and crawling around trucks and SUVs (literally) on the Pickup Truck + SUV Talk YouTube channel.
Throughout her 20-year career, Jill has watched as media distribution platforms have evolved and has striven to be an early adopter with new technologies, embracing Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, podcasting, blogging and now TikTok, as viable content distribution platforms, reaching diverses audiences in the in the wide variety of ways they want to receive content.
Jill also has the unique distinction of being the first (and only) female president in the history of the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). During her 2-year stint as president, she not only planned and executed two successful (and crash-free) Spring Rally events at Road America but also raised $100,000 to establish a journalism scholarship endowment at Northwestern University, in honor of MAMA’s first president, Jim Mateja.
Where else can you find Jill writing and talking about cars (and trucks, of course!):
- The Consumer Guide Car Stuff Podcast and radio show (airs Sundays on WCPT 820 AM Chicago)
- Jill’s own YouTube
- The #cardujour hashtag on any social medium
Not to mention the fact that you can find all Jill’s past articles on Pickup Truck + SUV Talk, by clicking on her profile.
In her other life, Jill is a marathon runner, having completed 11 Chicago Marathons and finally hitting her time goal of beating Oprah (yes, she ran a marathon) in 2019. She trains marathon runners every summer and serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Area Runner’s Association as the Vice President.