Jill “J.R” Labbe, Vice President, Communications & Community Affairs
Prior to joining JPS in 2012, J.R. Labbe was the editorial director for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. When she was hired in 1992 as editorial director for the Arlington edition of the newspaper, she was the first fulltime female editorial writer in the newspaper's history.
Labbe went to the Star-Telegram after serving as editor of the A.H. Belo Corp.'s Grand Prairie Daily News. Her work experience prior to newspapers includes a stint as a national public relations coordinator for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and eight years in hotel sales and marketing in north Texas. Labbe serves on the board of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, is a past president of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth and was the founding president of the Tarrant Literacy Coalition.