Jill Ditmire

Jill Ditmire is no stranger to the broadcast world.  Her face and voice have been a daily part of the lives of  viewers and listeners in the Midwest for 25 years.  She is the local news anchor during "All Things Considered" and contributor to "Morning Edition," "Sound Medicine," "Art of the Matter TV" and "Wednesday Live at 5:44."

Jill's broadcast experience includes anchoring and reporting news at television stations in Indianapolis, Detroit and Lafayette including WTTV,WRTV,WLFI,WJBK,WTHR,WISH and the Ford Motor Company News Network.  She produced her own television series on Indiana Public Television for eight years  called "The Good Life" which showcased independent chefs/restaurants and local wineries. "The Good Life" continues on the web at the WFYI You Tube channel.

She also co-hosted the Indiana Public Television show produced with the Department of Natural Resources and Ball State University,  "Indiana Outdoors" for four years.   Her radio experience includes positions as anchor and reporter for WSAL, WAJC and Network Indiana. 

Jill is an Omnimedia Wine Specialist who uses her wine wit and wisdom in print, radio, television and retail.  An AWS Certified Wine Judge, Pillsbury BakeOff finalist and owner/buyer of The Mass Ave Wine Shoppe & Cafe in Indianapolis are a few of her other titles. Her "Mermaid Tipsy Tales," videos about wine and food appear on www.massavewine.com

Jill also hosts/produces segments for the Indy Visitors Channel Network which airs on 10,000 hotel rooms in Indianapolis.

She writes the "Wine Scene" column for The Broad Ripple Gazette, "Jill's Swill" for  Indianapolis Up Downtown magazine and The Word newsmagazine in Indianapolis, Dayton and Cincinnati and the weekly e-newsletter for The Mass Ave Wine Shoppe.  You can find her work daily on Facebook pages,  Mass Ave Wine, Mass Ave East End, Mass Ave MAMA and follow her on Twitter at MAWSmermaid.

Jill owns the Mass Ave Wine Shoppe Cafe & Spirits  www.massavewine.com in downtown Indianapolis where she offers customers a "Wall of Wine: Over 100 under $15", craft beers, craft spirits & cocktails and unique sandwiches, soups and desserts. 

She travels regularly to wine regions of the world sharing her findings with readers in magazines such as Tasters Guild, DINE, NUVO, Broad Ripple Gazette and was a weekly contributor to "Too Many Cooks" on WICR.

Jill wrote "Vintage Point" the wine review  for the Indianapolis Star for four years. She was a freelance writer for Indianapolis Monthly Magazine and wrote the wine/food guides for Atlanta Magazine, Cabot Creamery, Michigan Wine Guide, Indiana Wine Guide.

She is an AWS Certified Wine judge working a number of competitions each year since 1999 including the Indy International, San Francisco Chronicle and Sonoma County Harvest Fair. She was a finalist in the 2000 Pillsbury Bake Off.

She and two other women created the Vintage Indiana Wine Festival in 2000.  Jill continues to participate in the yearly event running the "Wine/Food Experience Tent".

She taught "Newswriting 101" for Butler University and conducted media training sessions for 19th Star Production Company and has appeared in numerous TV commercials and corporate videos through her work with Artistic Enterprises Casting of Indianapolis.

Jill is former President, Vice President and now member of the Indyfringe Board of Directors and active member of IDADA and the Mass Ave Merchants Association (MAMA).  She emcees/honorary chairs the yearly Ronald McDonald House, "Taste of Tuscany" event, contributes to the WFYI IndyWine Fest, WICR-Fine Arts Society, wine events for the Italian-American Society, Pike Township Schools, American Cancer Society, Indy Spay-Neuter Clinics, YMCA, and numerous others.

She graduated from Butler University in 1986 with a BS in Radio/Television and Journalism/Political Science.