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|Born||Jill Marie Nicolini
January 10, 1978
Farmingville, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||New York television reporter, former reality TV participant, former model|
Jill Marie Nicolini (born January 10, 1978, Farmingville, New York) is a reporter and former model, actress, and reality TV show participant. Currently, Nicolini is a traffic reporter and fill-in host on Live From The Couch on WLNY-TV
Nicolini graduated from Sachem South High School in 1996 and attended Stony Brook University for one year. In 1997, Nicolini joined WBLI Radio in Long Island. She received her Associates Degree in Television/Radio Broadcasting from Suffolk County Community College in 2000. Also in 2000, she began working on her Bachelors Degree in Communication Arts at the New York Institute of Technology while reporting for LI News Tonight. In 2001, she became the arena announcer for the New York Islanders and a dancer for the New York Dragons Arena Football team. Nicolini soon became an on-camera traffic reporter at Long Island's Metro & Traffic and Weather Channel and News 12/Long Island.
At the age of 24, Nicolini won the title of Miss Long Island 2002. When the contest organizers discovered that she had posed for Playboy (under the name "Jill Nikki" in their Fall 2001 College Girls Special Edition), they felt it was "immoral". Nicolini relinquished the crown because she didn't want to represent a system that "didn't support and believe in her".}
In 2003 she received her Masters in Communication Arts. Nicolini also participated in the 2003 Fox reality television program Married by America; she won the show but didn't get married. In August 2006, it was reported that she would be one of the women trying out to become a Pussycat Doll. Before becoming a reporter, Nicolini made her living as a model. She tried out unsuccessfully to become the official live-action model for Vampirella in 2001. She had bit parts in four feature films and six TV shows, including HBO's Sex and the City and NBC's Law & Order.
Nicolini joined WNYW Fox 5 in 2011 as Entertainment Reporter. Previously, she was the Traffic/Entertainment Anchor on the PIX11 Morning News since 2004. In addition to delivering the traffic (often from the helicopter Air 11), Nicolini interviewed top celebrities in the entertainment industry. She also served as fill-in anchor, weather anchor and feature reporter.
At WPIX, she and Marvin Scott spent Christmas holidays in Iraq in 2009 and 2010 with local servicepersons to help reconnect the troops with their families back at home live via satellite. In continuing her goodwill mission, in 2010 she spent the holidays in Norfolk, Virginia with the Navy where she reported live and reunited sailors with their loved ones. She is actively involved with several charities, including: John Theissen Children's Foundation, Little Shelter Animal Rescue, Alliance for Lupus Research, and The Arthritis Foundation.
She has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and is the recipient of multiple awards from the NJ State PBA, Italian American Police Society, East Hanover Italian American Society, John Theissen Children's Foundation, The National Council of Columbia Associations of Civil Service, Suffolk Community College Broadcasters Association and Autism Speaks.
- Huff, Richard M. (2006). Reality television. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-275-98170-9. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
- Jerry Barmash (September 2, 2011). "Traffic Reporter Jill Nicolini Leaves WPIX, Heads for WNYW". Retrieved October 21, 2013.