Writer Jill Lorie Hurst is a Detroit native who recently returned to Michigan after 31 years living and working in New York City. She spent almost 20 of those years as a writer and producer for the long running CBS soap opera Guiding Light and has a Writers Guild of America Award (2004) and an Emmy (2007) for her work with the Guiding Light. writing team. She is best known for co-writing the very popular “Otalia” story, which aired during the last 2 years of the show. After the show was cancelled in 2009, Jill worked on a number of independent projects, including 3 seasons of the Emmy winning Venice the Series. She also worked as an editorial assistant to Ricky Lauren (wife of designer Ralph Lauren) and NYT bestselling author and GL colleague Tina Sloan. Her most recent on air credit is a 2016 episode of Law and Order SVU, co-written with GL/Venice colleague Penelope Koechl.
Jill lives in Ferndale with her husband Tony, an artist and film maker who she met when she worked at the Guiding Light reception desk, and their dog Lucy and cat Molly. In addition to teaching, she is currently working on developing a soap that is set in the Detroit area as well as a book about her Guiding Light years.