Jay Hildebrandt

Jay Hildebrandt

Jay Hildebrandt has been part of the Local News 8 Team since 1984. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and got his communications degree from Brigham Young University.

Jay's first job after college was in Twin Falls, Idaho, at KMVT-TV where he anchored for two years. Then, he moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he anchored at WKJG-TV for four years before deciding to move back to Idaho.

Besides his day to day anchoring and reporting, Jay has been involved in a number of special projects for the newscasts over the years. For 28 years Jay produced weekly Wednesday’s Child reports. Each week, a child living in a temporary foster home, who needed an adoptive family was featured. Many viewers were touched by the children’s stories, and hundreds of them were adopted due to Wednesday’s Child.

Hundreds of outstanding high school seniors were also featured by Jay in his weekly Distinguished Student series of reports.

Along with his Local News 8 job, Jay keeps busy a couple mornings a week as an adjunct instructor at Brigham Young University Idaho teaching public speaking and broadcast performance classes, which he finds extremely rewarding.

During his years in Idaho Falls, Jay has been involved in a number of local community activities. He has served on the Governor's Children's Trust Fund Board, the Region VII Health and Welfare Advisory Board, and the Safe Place Advisory Board.

Jay's wife, Sally, has devoted much of her life to teaching special education students and raising their five children. Jay and Sally spend much of their free time now spoiling their 13 grandchildren.

Join Jay every weeknight on Local News 8 at 5, 6 and 10 for all your latest news.

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