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Joel Hillan got his start in broadcast news at KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls where he anchored the morning and noon newscasts. Hillan then went on to KJCT-TV in Grand Junction where he was the evening anchor for the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts as well as Executive Producer. For five years Hillan was the Traffic Specialist for CBS4 before being named anchor of CBS4 This Morning on weekends. He also has the honor of telling your stories on CBS4 News at 5 and 6 p.m.
Coloradans can also hear Hillan on CBS4 partner KOA Newsradio as a fill-in host and News Anchor.
Hillan grew up in Colorado and graduated from Dakota Ridge High School. He currently lives in northwest Littleton with his two children Cole and Cara.
When he’s not on air, Hillan fills his time pursuing fitness and music. An avid musician, Hillan has been a featured soloist and a conductor. Most recently, Hillan was Director of the Colorado Mormon Chorale and Orchestra, the Lakewood Christmas Celebration with the Lakewood Symphony and sits on the board of the Rocky Mountain Ringers.
Just The Facts
Year hired 2012
First TV appearance 2006
Other possible career Choir Director
Dream job I try and look at whatever I am doing as my Dream Job, certainly what I am doing now is pretty dang close.
Secret desire If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret.
Favorite word Love
Favorite noise Choir and Orchestra together
Most interesting comment from a viewer “You need to put makeup on your ears.”
What one word best describes CBS4 Exceptional
Interesting fact I am fluent in Italian and love connecting with local Italians.
Favorite food Pizza
Favorite musician Luciano Pavarotti
What keeps you in Colorado? Outside of Italy, there is no place I would rather be!
Alma Mater BYU-Idaho
Favorite sports teams Broncos
Star sign Leo
Family Two kiddos Cole and Cara
Number of pets 2