Jill Ament

Reporter

Jill Ament is a reporter at KWBU. She hails from right here in Central Texas, growing up down the road in Gatesville. She graduated from Texas State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May of 2012.

Her love for radio reporting and producing began while at Texas State.  She held several roles at the college’s radio station, KTSW 89.9 FM, including assistant news director and reporter. Jill also was a newsroom intern with KUT 90.5 FM and a production intern with KGSR 93.3 in Austin.

Jill’s work has taken her across the country. After college, she went on to intern in New York City with Teach for America’s videography team, filming doc style pieces on new teachers serving in inner city NYC schools. She also just recently completed a 10-month stint of national service with AmeriCorps in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions of the US, serving as a corps member and media representative. Jill is glad to be back in Texas serving the communities she grew up in.

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Education
6:12 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Behavioral Specialists Aim to Help Students Curb Referrals, Improve Test Scores

Jill Ament

A new district wide program at Waco ISD is utilizing behavioral specialists on campuses struggling with student behavior and discipline referrals. Overall -- district leaders are hoping this more ‘individualized’ approach will help boost STAAR scores at lower performing schools.  

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Local Economy
5:10 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

In ‘Wild West’ of Lending, Community Organizers Push for City Reform

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Local and statewide groups are seeking payday and auto-title loan reform in Waco and McLennan County. Organizers say payday lenders are draining millions from the local economy. 


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Science and the Environment
5:05 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Mammoth Site Heads to White House in Hopes of Becoming Nat’l Monument

The Waco Mammoth Site
Jill Ament

For several years now, the city of Waco has been trying to make the historic mammoth site a national monument. The city council decided last night to seek executive action from President Obama to make this resolution a reality. 


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Local News
4:42 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Popular Ride Share Program Comes to Waco

Driver Cameron Mosier
Jill Ament

Uber is kind of like a Taxi service, but it uses an app to connect riders with local drivers, who aren’t driving conventional cabs. The program has been available across Texas and the country, but now it’s come to Waco. As KWBU’s Jill Ament reports, Uber gives riders another way to get around town and local drivers another option for earning some money.


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Local News
4:20 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

What has McLennan County Acquired through the Pentagon Surplus Program?

Jill Ament

A large national debate is circling around how local law enforcement has been able to acquire military grade equipment through the Pentagon’s 1033 program. Local law enforcement can acquire equipment ranging from armored vehicles to bayonets and even grenade launchers. KWBU’s Jill Ament reports on what the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department received through this program over the years. 

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