Former Channel 7 anchor and reporter Jean Hill has passed away.

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Credit: WKBW

"She was a beautiful girl and one of the smartest people I ever met. We didn’t just work together but saw each other socially with our families many times. She loved coming up to Lewiston each summer for the Jazz Festival. I will miss her terribly." ~ 7 Eyewitness News anchor Keith Radford

Jean Hill passed away from cancer on Monday, September 14, 2020, according to WKBW. She was being treated at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute. Jean started at WKBW in 1990 and would work for the television station for more than a decade, working as a weekend anchor, morning anchor and reporter.

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After her career in TV, Jean was became a vice president for corporate communication at M&T bank. In 2004, she received an Executive MBA from the University at Buffalo School of Management. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia. She also received her Master's Degree from Ohio State University.

“I came here in 1990 and found my little corner of the world in Buffalo. While I travel frequently, I’ve met people who have become family to me. That’s why I stayed.” ~ Jean Hill via WKBW

While I didn't know Jean, nor was I even in Buffalo while she was on television, reading her story inspired me. She was a Black woman on TV, telling the stories of the people in the City of Buffalo. Even after TV, her choice to work for M&T Bank and furthering her education is admirable. She was accomplished and loved. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Jean.