Jill Bond learned to love reading and writing as a child in rural Iowa where books were a window into the wider world. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University.
Jill began her career with the Herald and News in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where she started as a reporter covering city government and agriculture. She was promoted to the night editing desk team lead, where her responsibilities included editing and production of the newspaper and website. She was promoted again to news editor, where she directed news coverage, coached reporters, and interfaced with the public.
She came to Indiana to serve as the managing editor for the Kokomo Tribune. After three years, she decided to take a break from newspapers and moved to Bloomington to earn a master’s degree. While at IU, she worked as the outreach coordinator for the Indiana Sustainability Development Program. After graduation, she took a job as a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau. She is currently the news director for The Herald-Times.
Jill Bond, news director for The Herald-Times, says Monroe County does not have to become a news desert. “We can regain local control of access to information about our community,” she says. For starters, Bond created a local news fund at the Community Foundation and is auctioning more than 1,000 books of newspapers, spanning about 100 years, to support the fund. Click here to read Jill Bond’s column.