It’s with great sorrow that the Buffalo Broadcasters Association acknowledges the passing of Jean Hill who was a news anchor at WKBW-TV for 12 years before leaving the business. Her most recent role was vice president and senior compliance officer at M&T Bank. According to WKBW-TV, Hill died on Monday after a battle with cancer. 

A native from Newark, N.J., Hill received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, her master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University, and MBA from SUNY Buffalo. 

Before taking her anchoring role at Buffalo, Hill worked for network affiliate television stations in Georgia and South Carolina. After working in the states, Hill switched to becoming an international correspondent for Beyond Tomorrow, which was a science magazine program. During this time, Hill was granted numerous journalistic awards.

Hill then became an anchor for WKBW and has been remembered for being on television despite her stepping down into a role in corporate communications for M&T Bank in 2001. Although this was her primary occupation, Hill wrote freelance articles and occasionally worked on special projects for Daybreak TV Productions and WNED-TV. 

After taking up her corporate role, Hill began pursuing an Executive MBA (EMBA) at the School of Management at the University of Buffalo, and later received it in 2004. This granted Hill further insight into how to better perform her job at M&T where she was communicating with state and federal regulators to provide information about the Trust Division’s operations. 

Hill also had experience in teaching as she was one of the facilitators of the Executive Communicator program at the University of Buffalo where she assisted C-suite executives understand their roles as representatives. She was also an adjunct professor who taught broadcast copywriting at Buffalo State College, feature writing at Canisius College, and journalism at The Ohio State University. 

Hill was the 2003 recipient of the Urban Financial Services Coalition Herbert W. Whiteman, Jr. National Scholarship, was a Kiplinger Fellow, and in 2018 was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve as a representative of the news media for the Committee of Open Government. Hill was also a member of the French Alliance of Buffalo and the Buffalo Prep Board of Directors. She also served on several governing boards and committees for not-for-profit organizations and offered her services to both public and private organizations that support the Buffalo/Niagara region.

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