Gillian Sheridan was born in England and immigrated to the United States as a young girl with her family. At the age of 12, she became an American citizen. After growing up in Minnesota, Gillian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota double majoring in journalism and telecommunications. After years of moving around, she now calls East Texas home.
Her career in broadcasting has spanned almost 30 years including on-air positions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Texas. Almost 20 years ago, she moved to East Texas and now considers it home. You can see her weeknights on KYTX CBS19 at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Gillian has been recognized with numerous broadcasting awards including three Emmy's and numerous Emmy nominations. Those honors include "Outstanding Evening Newscast" and "Best Human Interest-Series." The Associated Press has awarded her "Best Hard News Story," "Best Spot News Story," "Best Feature Length Documentary," "Best Mini-documentary/Series" and "Best Feature Story." She has also been awarded "Best Anchor" by the Texas Associated Press and been honored several times as "Best Newscaster/TV Personality" in a poll of East Texas viewers.
Gillian is very passionate about helping foster children and being an advocate for adoption. She has spent the past 16 years working to find children a forever family featuring more than 700 foster children with more than half finding adoptive homes. You can watch her weekly segment on foster care and adoption called Children are a Gift every Tuesday night on CBS 19 News at 6. In 2009, she also assisted Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler in creating and implementing an adoption ministry called "Hope For 100." She has been humbled with many honors for her years of commitment to helping foster children including: "Ambassador of Purpose Award" from the Arrow Child & Family Ministries, "Outstanding Media Award" from the Region IV Child Welfare Board, "Community Change" award by the Tyler Ministerial Alliance, "Community Leader Award" from the Tyler Association for Education of Young Children, the "Datie Florence Brown Memorial Children's Award" and the "First Lady Award" from Beta Sigma Phi. She was also named "Public Citizen of the Year" for Northeast Texas, "Tyler Woman of Distinction," 2016 Women in Tyler and 2016 Tyler Masonic Lodge award. For almost two decades, she enjoyed hosting telethons benefiting children including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Children's Miracle Network.
Gillian spends most of her free time helping others in the community and believes sincerely in giving back. She serves on the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County Board of Directors and is a Past President of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. She has also served as a Past Tyler Cattle Barons' Gala Chairman for the American Cancer Society, as well as volunteering for the American Heart Association, Tyler Junior College and numerous organizations who serve children. In addition, she is a charter member of The Women's Fund and a graduate of Leadership Tyler. Gillian also enjoys emceeing many local events benefiting area non-profit organizations and speaking to civic organizations and students. She is also involved in her church, Green Acres Baptist Church.
When Gillian isn't giving of her time, she's spending it with her husband, James, and two daughters. Their girls are both adopted and are just four months apart. She says they have been a huge blessing in their lives and an answer to prayer.
Gillian enjoys meeting new people and sharing stories of East Texans. She would love to hear from you! You can send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.