Hearst owned KSBW-TV is pleased to announce Jillian O’Brien’s return to the number one news team on the Central Coast (Salinas-Monterey, CA). She
first joined KSBW in 2002 as an Action News 8 line producer. Leaving in 2005, she worked at KRON in San Francisco, where she served as Executive Producer and won an AWRT award. In 2009, Jillian moved to CNN and for three years was a Senior Producer overseas at the Abu Dhabi bureau, winning a Peabody Award for her coverage of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. Earlier this year she returned to the U.S. and worked as a Senior Producer at CNN Headline News.
“Jillian’s return to the Central Coast is a ‘perfect storm’ personally and professionally,” stated Lawton Dodd, News Director of KSBW. “A return to family, home and hearth here on the Central Coast, bolstered by a passion for journalism and the legacy of community leadership that is KSBW.”
“Jillian’s leadership skills, her passion for journalism, for mentoring producers and reporters, are all unmatched and she will bring a fresh set of eyes to our already strong team,” commented Joseph Heston, President and General Manager of KSBW and Central Coast ABC.