Jill Martin of the TODAY show has received a breast cancer diagnosis one week after testing positive for the BRCA gene, the TV personality shared. The BRCA gene is associated with a greatly increased risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.
“I am in shock, but at the same time I’m so grateful because it could be a very different story that we’re talking about,” the 47-year-old Martin said in an interview. “Of course I’m devastated. You hear the C-word and you think the worst. But after you hear the word and you absorb it, you then have to be your own best friend. And also having the platform to share my story has given me strength, because I feel like while I’m healing, I will be able to help save lives. And if I save one life from this, then this process will have been worth it for me.”
Who is Jill Martin?
Martin is a co-author of the New York Times best-selling style books “I Have Nothing to Wear!” and “Fashion for Dummies,” as well as an Emmy Award-winning television presenter and fashion expert. She is an editor at People StyleWatch and a contributor to NBC’s TODAY, where she is well-known for her enormously popular “Ambush Makeover” and “Steals and Deals” segments. Jill also works as a pregame, halftime, and postgame interviewer for the New York Knicks.
Jill covers a wide range of topics on TODAY, including how to shop on a budget and the newest trends. Jill has reported from the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Oscars while co-hosting TODAY’s fourth hour with Kathie-Lee Gifford. Jill served as The Insider and NBC’s Access Hollywood’s New York reporter. She also does one-on-one in-depth interviews, covered red-carpet occasions, and provided up-to-date entertainment news broadcasts.
Jill, a passionate sports enthusiast, broadcasts for the New York Knicks, providing commentary during pregame and postgame shows and performing unique halftime interviews. Guests on her “NY Minute” segments have included Spike Lee, Ron Howard, and Kevin Bacon.