Jane Tillman Irving ’65

Jane Tillman Irving is a well-known New York City broadcast journalist. She retired after 18 years as a news writer and reporter for WCBS-AM/News radio 880. It was her second employment at the station; she worked there as a reporter for 14 years before joining WCBS-TV/Channel 2 in the mid-1980s as a correspondent. In addition, she served as news anchor for WebMD’s daily Internet news broadcast for physicians. She was United States Researcher for productions by BBC television and fflic Films in Wales, and has been a freelance television correspondent for ABC News One (network syndication).

Jane was a frequent talk show host on WLIB radio, for which she also covered the 1996 Democratic and Republican national conventions. She has worked as a news anchor for radio stations WLIB, WBLS and WWRL and was a frequent guest expert on journalism on Newstalk Television and MSNBC.

From 1990 to 1996, Jane was an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She has taught journalism at the City College of New York and the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan, and guest lectured at Hofstra University, and has been a
consultant for the Journalism Department at Clark-Atlanta University.

After studying oral history at Columbia University, she became a member of the department’s faculty advisory panel, and of the Oral History Association.

In 1994, the United States Information Agency sent Jane to New Zealand to address a conference sponsored by that country’s Broadcasting Standards Authority. Two years later, the USIA sent her to the Republic of
Macedonia to confer with broadcast journalists.

She has won more than 30 awards for outstanding news coverage, including the Gracie from the Alliance for Women in Media and the WGA Award from the Writers’ Guild of America. She is often called upon by civic groups to moderate panels, forums and other events.

Jane is the President of the New York Press Club, and President of the Communications Alumni Group of the City College Alumni Association. She is a member of the Inner Circle, an organization of political reporters;
the WNYC Community Advisory Board; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the New York Silver Society. Jane earned her undergraduate degree in English from the City College of New York, and completed the
graduate level Radcliffe College Publishing Procedures Course at Harvard University.

Jane serves on the board’s Communications, Diversity, and Programs Committees.