Jillian Mele is an American news anchor, reporter, and co-host of the breakfast show Fox & Friends First on Fox News. Find out more about Jillian Mele and her husband in this article.
Who is Jillian Mele?
Philadelphia-born and Glenside-raised Jillian Mele is an Emmy Award-winning news anchor and reporter currently based in NYC.
A graduate of La Salle University, Mele holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in arts and communication. Subsequently, Mele got her first taste of broadcasting as a sports anchor for the regional WAGM-TV station in Presque Isle, Maine.
After ten months as a news anchor, reporter, and producer for WAGM-TV, Mele moved to New York and began working at the WIVT-TV station in Binghamton. She was the lead reporter, anchor, and producer for the station.
As a consequence of this, word spread quickly about Jillian’s innate charisma and skill. NBC 10, NBC’s Philly associate, subsequently picked her up in October 2007.
Is Jillian Mele Married? Who is Her Husband?
At present, Jillian Mele is not married; hence, she does not have a husband. Regardless of her relationship status, Jillian’s current full-time companions are her French bulldog, Levi, and her corgi.
One of the most notoriously tight-lipped media personalities, details about her love life are all purely speculative. However, based on her social media posts, she has had at least one relationship in the past. In May 2016, Jill uncharacteristically commented about her love life. In response to a fan, Jillian tweeted,
“I have a boyfriend, but thank you…”
Furthermore, in another Twitter exchange with a fan back in 2013, Jill said that she had a boyfriend and he was from Boston. However, it is still not certain whether she was talking about the same guy or two different guys.
Nonetheless, Jill is a career-driven woman and has not expressed any desire to settle down and start a family as of yet.
According to IMDb, Jillian Mele stands at the height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 meters). Other online sources report that she weighs around 129 pounds (59 kg) and has breasts-waist-hips measurements of 35C-24-36 inches.
Jillian Mele was born Jillian Bridget Mele on September 17, 1982. Jillian is the older of two children and the only daughter of Roseanne Zlemek and Tom Mele.
At the time of this writing, Jillian is 40 years old. She has a younger brother named Tommy Mele.
Salary and Net Worth
As of June 2023, Jillian Mele has an estimated net worth of around $1 million. The 38-year-old has been working at FOX News since March 2017.
According to GlassDoor.com, a reporter for FOX News has a base annual salary of over $75,000. However, Jillian is much higher placed on the totem pole. She co-hosts Fox & Friends First and is a reporter and contributor on Fox & Friends.
Hence, her salary is well above the base annual salary of a generic Fox News reporter. Some sources suggest that she could be making well into the seven figures.
Jillian Mele Dancing
Jillian Mele was a proficient dancer in her younger days, having spent 13 years of her life honing her craft. She was versatile in several styles, including ballet, tap dancing, and jazz.
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However, since her television career took off, Mele dances as a hobby. By her admission, one of her regrets in life was not sticking with dancing longer.
In a May 2018 tweet, Jillian said that she was the worst dancer ever. It is hard to tell whether Jillian meant it as a joke or is genuinely self-conscious about her dancing abilities, but judging by her moves on Instagram, she has nothing to worry about.
Jillian Mele’s Love of Golf
While her dancing days may be over, Jillian occupies her time with another hobby that she picked up recently: golfing. She picked up her first golf club in 2015 while vacationing in Aruba.
Since then, she has become something of an enthusiast of golf, and when she is not working, she spends her time on a golf course.
In April 2020, Jillian aired her grievances on Instagram about not being able to golf due to the COVID-19 lockdowns. Her post read:
“Missing golf so much. It’s a way to clear my mind, get fresh air, and spend time with family. I am really, really missing this. So, for now, I’m looking back at videos from the fall.”
While working at NBC 10, Jillian covered that year’s Olympics games, which won her an Emmy Award. Furthermore, she also hosted the weekly sports talk show, HS Blitz, covering local football news and coverage.
Following a seven-year stint with the TV station, Jillian left to join CSN Philadelphia (Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia).
At CSN, Jillian won her second Emmy Award for her work on the breakfast show, Breakfast on Broad. Additionally, she also oversaw the social media talk show, Endgame, which aired immediately after any football games involving the Philadelphia Eagles.
Finally, her years of hard work landed her at Fox News in March 2017, where she still works today. Currently, she co-hosts the breakfast show, FOX & Friends First, every weekday, alongside Todd Piro. Additionally, she is also a reporter and frequent contributor to the flagship show, FOX & Friends.
Besides that, Jillian is also a semi-regular fixture on other FOX News shows, including Outnumbered, Fox News Live, and Fox Files.
|Date of Birth||September 17, 1982|
|Place of Birth||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Birth Name||Jillian Bridget Mele|
|Famous Name||Jillian Mele|
|Parents||Tom Mele (Father), Roseanne Zlemek (Mother)|
|Height||5 feet 8 inches (1.73 meters)|
|Alma Mater||La Salle University|
|Profession||Reporter, News Anchor|
|Net Worth||Approx. $1 Million|
|Online Presence||Facebook, Instagram, Twitter|
|Filmography||Outnumbered, Fox News Live, Fox and Friends First, Fox and Friends|