Jillian Deam is a reporter for FOX59 News in Indianapolis. She joined the team in September 2014 and is thrilled to be reporting near her alma mater, Butler University.

Before returning to Indy, Jillian spent three years as an anchor and reporter for the CBS affiliate in Champaign, IL. She reported live during a four hour show with the highest ratings in the market. She was nominated as “Best Reporter” by the Illinois Broadcasters Association in June 2014.

Before that, Jillian spent a year shooting and editing her own stories for the evening shows at the NBC affiliate in Decatur, IL.

Jillian graduated with high departmental honors from Butler University. She spent time organizing several charity events there for the Indiana School for the Blind. Jillian has a lot of Butler pride, loves to dance and loves meeting inspiring people so she can share their stories with you!

Recent Articles
  • Madi’s Story: Teen battles cancer while taking honors classes in the hospital

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – 16-year-old Madi Moore is taking algebra quiz on her bed as beeping sounds from a hospital machine fill the room. It doesn’t take long to see this high school junior has been tested in many other ways. Madi is going through an intense round of chemotherapy at Riley Children’s Health. The treatment is purposely wiping out her entire immune system in preparation for a stem cell transplant. Madi was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in January. Since then, it’s been […]

  • Indiana Prison Writers Workshop expands

    PLAINFIELD, Ind. — Inside the Plainfield Correctional Facility, inmates like Chris Lewis can take their imagination beyond the prison walls — with a pen and paper — through the Indiana Prison Writers Workshop. “Being able to sit in class, [and in] 15 minutes, write about something from your childhood — it could be something that’s painful, it could be something that’s joyful, but either way you grow from it,” Lewis said. The program aims to help inmates change their behavior through […]

  • Colts training camp kicks off at Grand Park

    WESTFIELD, Ind. — The Indianapolis Colts are kicking off their training camp on Wednesday at their new summer home, Grand Park. The team will practice there for about a month, until Aug. 18. This is the first year of their 10-year agreement with the park. Organizers say there’s a large area for watching practices, “Colts City” with drills and inflatables for the kids and several events where fans can meet players. Admission is free, but you have to download a […]

  • How to get the most out of your home internet

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Are you getting the internet speed and service that you’re actually paying for? Is your setup ideal for streaming all that content to your home? It’s safe to say no one likes the buffering icon or the feeling of powerlessness when too many devices are connected to your internet, slowing things to a crawl. Experts say what types of devices you have connected to your network can make a big difference. “You’re only as fast as your […]

  • Finding the right job in a competitive market

    INDIANAPOLIS — These days, there are more job openings than there are people looking for work. The U.S. Department of Labor says the unemployment rate is now at 4%. Before that, it was at 3.8%, the lowest in 18 years. With the low jobless rate, some people are using different resources to find the right job in this competitive market. Local hiring agencies, like That’s Good HR are busy keeping up with the trends. “What we’re seeing is, candidates are delving into their […]

  • Former American Senior Communities CEO sentenced to 9.5 years in kickback scheme

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The former CEO of American Senior Communities learned his sentence in a multi-million dollar kickback scheme. A judge sentenced former CEO James Burkhart to 114 months, plus an additional 12 months. However, the sentences will be served concurrently, meaning Burkhart will serve 9.5 years in prison. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler had recommended a 151-month sentence for Burkhart, which would have been equivalent to about 12 and a half years. Burkhart was fired from his position in September […]

  • Cosmetologist helps cancer patients

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — June is National Cancer Survivors Month, a celebration of life for those who’ve battled cancer and an opportunity to inspire those who are still fighting it today. One survivor who’s helping to spread that inspiration is Wilma Cross. She works as a cosmetologist through the “CompleteLife” program at Indiana University Health.  After fighting her own battle with Leukemia, Wilma knows a little time spent pampering, can go a long way. In addition to appearance consultations, the program […]

  • IPS to host community meeting on referendum

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indianapolis Public Schools will host a community meeting on Wednesday to share more information about their capital referendum plans. The referendum question will be presented to voters in the IPS district during the General Election on Tuesday, November 6th. The district is asking taxpayers for nearly $52 million dollars, which is a significant drop from the $200 million in additional property taxes the district was going to ask for during the May primary. The district published a detailed list showing […]

  • Discussions about a high capacity weapons ban in Indiana continue

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — City county council members will consider a resolution that urges lawmakers to ban high capacity weapons in Indiana. The Community Affairs Committee will hear about the proposal at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Councilman Duke Oliver introduced the resolution in April. He’s asking the Indiana General Assembly to ban sales on “assault weapons and high capacity magazines.” State law actually prohibits cities, towns, mayors and councils from passing their own gun ordinances — that’s why this resolution is […]

  • Federal gun charges brought against 3 people in deaths of Deputy Jacob Pickett, Officer Rob Pitts

    UPDATE (Nov. 6, 2019)– Tiffany Dean was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service. Levi Brenton will spend four years on probation, do 200 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine. He’ll be on location monitoring for six months. Previous story:  INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Federal authorities announced charges against three people in connection with the deaths of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett and Terre Haute Officer Rob Pitts. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced […]

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