Jennifer Jolly

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Jennifer Jolly
Jennifer Jolly

(1971-02-22) February 22, 1971 (age 53)
EducationUniversity of San Francisco
OccupationConsumer Technology Journalist

Jennifer Jolly (born February 22, 1971) is an American consumer technology journalist and TV broadcaster. She is a Wired Well[1] columnist for The New York Times, tech-life columnist and host of Tech Now[2] for USA Today, and a digital lifestyle contributor for The Today Show.[3]


Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning[4] journalist who reviews new gadgets and provides insight on technology trends. Her work can be seen on The Huffington Post,[5] Yahoo Tech[6], The CBS Early Show[7], The Talk,[8] Rachael Ray,[9] The Dr. Oz Show,[10] The Meredith Vieira Show,[11] Katie Couric[12] and Reader's Digest [13] Magazine. Jolly is also a public speaker who focuses on women in technology,[14] digital parenting,[15] health and fitness technology[16] and tech-related consumer advocacy.[17]

Jolly was a general assignment TV news reporter for 12 years before shifting her focus to consumer technology. She worked for KTVU-TV in Oakland, California (1997-2005), KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska (1995-1997), KXLY-TV in Spokane, Washington, (1994-1995) and KECI-TV in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana (1993-1994). Over the course of her career she received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press and the Radio Television News Director's Association.[18]

In late 2005, Jolly took a job with global media agency, Allison PR,[19] to "be home in time to tuck my daughter in bed,[20]" and to "break into the world of consumer technology reporting, which was still a man's world.[20]" Jolly created the firm's Media Training program, while still maintaining a role in TV. She was a frequent guest contributor to several TV news programs and host of the weekly series All That's Fit[21] on the Fine Living Network.

In 2010, Jolly took a full-time position back in television, as the technology/social media contributor of ABC's afternoon program, 7Live.[22] She worked there from the show's first broadcast until August, 2011, when she became a frequent technology and social media guest contributor for the nationally televised morning program, CBS Early Show. Also in 2011, she became the Tech Life Editor[23] for the female-focused tech news site, Tecca. At Tecca, Jolly created and hosted Tech's Appeal,[24] The Girlfriend's Guide To Gadgets, which aired on Yahoo Tech, Time, and other partner outlets.[25]

Tecca shut down in late 2012[26] and USA Today brought Jolly on-board, where the renamed Tech Now[27] series now runs weekly. Jolly began writing the Wired Well column for the New York Times in May 2015.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Jolly grew up in Kenai, Alaska, and worked alongside her family on a small commercial salmon fishing boat during the summers until she graduated from college.[29] She received a journalism scholarship to the University of San Francisco, where she graduated with a degree in Mass Media Studies in 1993.[30]

Jolly has been active in community theater, a competitive equestrian, distance runner and triathlete. She also helped create a series of outdoor fitness companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, OutFIT,[31] Mom&Baby,[32] and Team Love Multisports.[33]


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  2. ^ "USA TODAY". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  3. ^ "Apps to prevent distracted driving that you can download now". Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  4. ^ "40th Annual Emmy Award Winners" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-14.
  5. ^ "Jennifer Jolly". HuffPost. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  6. ^ "Best fitness gadgets that give top results". 6 March 2012. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  7. ^ "Video game addiction and kids". Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  8. ^ Jennifer Jolly (2011-12-29), The Talk - Cyber Monday Top 5 Talk Deals of the Day!.mp4, retrieved 2016-04-03
  9. ^ brettaldo (2011-03-26), Jennifer Jolly on the Rachael Ray Show - Video - How to Get Stuff for Free.flv, retrieved 2016-04-03
  10. ^ "Dr. Oz's Kitchen-Cleanout Challenge, Pt 1". Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  11. ^ "How to Protect Your Photos". The Meredith Vieira Show. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  12. ^ "Best Tech for Aging Parents Katie Couric Show The Pill Problem Jennifer Jolly". Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  13. ^ "Best Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts". Facebook.
  14. ^ Times, The Hollywood. "Industry Leaders Tackle Gender Inequality in Media". TheHollywoodTimes. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  15. ^ "2014 Speakers". Kids@Play. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  16. ^ "Will wearable tech become mandatory? Insiders weigh in at Northside Festival - New York Business Journal". New York Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  17. ^ "2013 International CES Recap". Sports and Fitness Tech. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  18. ^ "Jolly Joins Allison". AdWeek. 10 October 2005. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  19. ^ "Jennifer Jolly Joins Allison & Partners as Senior Media Specialist to Build Newsroom-Style Media Department" (Press release).
  20. ^ a b "'CodeGirl': Panel Addresses Yawning Tech Gender Gap and Finds Hope". The Hollywood Reporter. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  21. ^ Inc, Rodale (2008-05-01). Women's Health. Rodale, Inc. {{cite book}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  22. ^ "How To Attract a LIVE Television Audience". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  23. ^ "Technology News Site Tecca Adds Two More Reporters". 5 October 2011. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  24. ^ "Jennifer Jolly's Tech's Appeal Show". YouTube.
  25. ^ "Women's Tech Video Series with Jennifer Jolly Launches on Chip Chick". SteamFeed. Archived from the original on 2016-04-16. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  26. ^ "Tecca Shuts Its Doors".
  27. ^ "TECH NOW -". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  28. ^ Jolly, Jennifer (5 May 2015). "An Uber for Doctor Housecalls". Well. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  29. ^ "United Cook Inlet Drift Association". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  30. ^ Robertson, j michael (2007-01-24). "USF journalism blog: Jennifer Jolly, Class of 93". USF journalism blog. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  31. ^ Fitness, OutFIT. "OutFIT Fitness(TM) Program Expands Unique Fitness Experience to San Diego". Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  32. ^ Keene, Michelle L.; Lamarre, Stephanie S. (2002-01-01). Babies by the Bay: The Insider's Guide to Everything from Doctors and Diapers to Playgrounds and Preschools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Council Oak Books. ISBN 9781885171788.
  33. ^ "Team Love Multisports : Triathlon Training, Run, Bike, Swim, Outdoor Fitness - Go All the Way!". Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2016-04-04.

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