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Jessica Lilly


Jessica joined West Virginia Public Broadcasting in 2008 as the Southern West Virginia Bureau Chief and Coal Mine Safety beat reporter. She continues to carry on these passions and follow issues and developments in worker safety, community tap water, and more.

Inside Appalachia won a Regional Murrow in 2016 for the show called, "What Happens When Strangers with Cameras Travel Inside Appalachia?" Jessica was named "Best Radio News Anchor" three years in a row by the Virginias Associated Press beginning in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Concord University chose Jessica as, "Alumnus of the Year" in 2015. She was instrumental in launching Concord University's first FM station, WVCU-LP FM in 2015.

Jessica was chosen by the West Virginia Associated Press in 2013 as the winner of the Significant Impact Award for her influence on broadcasting in the state. She was also the winner of the 2013 Associated Press Best Reporter, Best Enterprise Reporting and Best Feature Runner-Up among other awards throughout her career.

While studying broadcasting and journalism, public relations and business administration at Concord University, Jessica worked as the weekend producer and fill in reporter for WVNS-TV in Raleigh County, West Virginia. She went on to work as a full time reporter for WVNS-TV for about a year.

Jessica graduated from Concord University in 2007, where she was named Concord University’s Reporter of the Year and Producer of the Year.

Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, Jessica grew up in the coalfields of the Mountain State and Wyoming County. She was always busy with activities such as cheerleading or theater.

When she’s not reporting, Jessica is mentoring and coaching the Concord University cheerleading team.

In her spare time, she enjoys watching her children's activities, attending sporting events and theater productions, singing, antiquing, skiing, riding ATVs, and traveling with family.

Email: jlilly@wvpublic.org

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