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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One large debate circling around the shooting death of a black teenager, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri focuses on the racial makeup of police forces.  The Waco Police Department and community members are trying to ensure the force mirrors the city’s diverse population.


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Waco ISD’s STAAR scores showed us that some schools are still struggling. Looking forward, the district is trying to improve behavior and college readiness at some campuses. The district has secured some big grant money to try and do that.


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Sheriff’s posses aren’t uncommon in Texas, but they usually just make parade appearances and help out at rodeos. McLennan County sheriff Parnell McNamara wants to set up his own posse to help out in emergency situations like last year’s explosion in West. 


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The TEA released accountability ratings for Texas schools today. KWBU’s Jill Ament tells us how Waco ISD schools fared. 


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Young Waco artists and musicians used to hang out at Beatnix coffee house before it closed its doors in 2012. KWBU’s Jill Ament says the former owners are trying to open back up – this time in the heart of Waco.


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Texas lawmakers continue to work on a bill to regulate fertilizer plants storing ammonium nitrate, the main agent in last year’s explosion in West.

Members of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee say regulations in the current draft of the bill wouldn’t go into effect until 2016. 


A food pantry in the heart of North Waco is taking a different approach to feeding the thousands they see coming through their doors throughout the year. And as KWBU’s Jill Ament explains, less is more in creating produce with aquaponics.


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It’s hard to find healthy food in some Waco neighborhoods. These so-called “food deserts” often occur when grocery stores are too far away and residents are left to get nourishment from convenience stores or fast food. Urban gardening is just one way the city is combating these food deserts.


West ISD's Superintendent Marty Crawford will be heading to Tyler ISD for the upcoming school year.


The planned demolition of the historic old West High School has been put on hold. The School Board’s demo decision faced heavy opposition from community members during a public forum last night. 


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The Grove, Texas, is a very small town. And when the old frontier hub that used to be full of pioneers and cotton gins, gunfights and even saw a bank robbery was abandoned and crumbling, a man by the name of Moody Anderson, bought the town and brought it back to life. Now a recently released documentary film tells the story of The Grove.


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Norovirus cases have prompted the Waco VA to post-pone their 4th of July festivities. And they won’t be admitting any new patients into their medical facilities right now. 


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The cause of an explosion on a Coryell County farm that killed one man and injured two others has been confirmed. 


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During the summer, some students on free or reduced lunches and their families turn to summer feeding programs to get the meals they need. Waco ISD is initiating a new program to try and boost participation in the program.


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Preliminary STAAR results for Waco ISD were released earlier this month. While some schools showed great improvements, others continue to struggle with meeting state standards. KWBU's Jill Ament tells us about some of the challenges lower performing schools in high-need areas are facing and how the district is addressing them.


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