Reporter Jill Galus joined Arizona’s Family as part of the “Good Morning Arizona” team at the end of June 2013.
On her very first day at 3TV (she didn’t even have her key card to the building yet), Jill launched head-first into a story that would become one of the most tragic in Arizona’s history – the Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots.
Born and raised in Michigan, Jill is no stranger to the Phoenix metro area. A Sun Devil through and through, she graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2009. Believe it or not, as a college freshman, Jill's first interview ever was a one-on-one with the honorable Mr. Walter Cronkite himself. Four years later, she held this memory at the forefront of her heart as she addressed her class as the student convocation speaker.
She feels right at home reporting for 3TV, having interned in the KTVK newsroom during her time at ASU. Ever since, it has been a dream to return. In addition, while at school, she reported and anchored for Cronkite NewsWatch, completed a series of internships at several television stations, wrote for the State Press and reported for KTAR-FM 92.3.
The foundation of Jill's professional career was built in the beautiful state of New Mexico. She spent two years living in the southern part while reporting for KVIA, covering Las Cruces, N.M. and El Paso, TX. From there, she headed north to Albuquerque, where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor for KOB.
As an advocate of heart health awareness, Jill also competed in the 2013 Lovelace Women's Hospital "Duke City Dance Off" where she placed second, dancing the hustle.
Having covered everything from the largest and most destructive fires in state history, to Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico and all its allure will forever hold a special place in her heart.
From Albuquerque, it was back to the Valley of the Sun and 3TV.
Jill loves the Southwest almost as much as she adores hearing and telling meaningful, high-impact stories. A William Randolph Hearst Award winner, Jill says, it's impossible to consider reporting a job because doing what she loves hardly feels like work at all.