About The Nerdy Bird

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop culture journalist and host who is first and foremost a nerd. She was a nerd before she even knew what that meant. And then she did know what it meant and pretended not to be one, like so many others. But in January of 2008 she threw caution to the wind, dubbed herself “The Nerdy Bird” and launched her blog, “Has Boobs, Reads Comics.”

Before her blogging started, Jill spent her younger days striving to be a news anchor. Diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at two and a half, Jill has held the title of Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association since she was seven and has appeared for over twenty years on the New York broadcast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon.

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It was through the Telethon that Jill found her love for on-air hosting, learned about what went on behind the scenes as well as in front, and went on to pursue journalism in college.

After graduation, Jill was “on-air,” just not in the form she previously expected. Thanks to her work on the MDA Telethon, she was recruited as a Radio DJ at 94.3 The Point in New Jersey. She produced their morning show and remained their night DJ for five and a half years. She continued to do on-camera hosting, acting, and voice overs for commercial projects as well.

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After launching TheNerdyBird.com to get back into writing, Jill started picking up freelance work at MTV, Comic Book Resources, and others writing and speaking about pop culture. She eventually took up entertainment journalism full time also writing for HitFix/Uproxx, Blastr, Publishers Weekly, IGN, Playboy, Topless Robot, Heartless Doll, and Newsarama, as well as serving as a video host or guest for several of them.

In 2011, Jill took a paid internship position at geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network) and eventually made her way up to Editor in Chief. She’s also been featured in entertainment news segments on CNN, PBSMSNBC, and HLN as an expert in her field. In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s “Comic Store Heroes,” a documentary on the lives of comic book fans. The following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, “Legends of the Knight.”

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Throughout the last several years, Jill has maintained a large online following not just because she’s a fan but a critic with a strong voice as well. She’s a prominent member of the geek community, regularly engaging with her fans, moderating panels at conventions, and cosplaying but has always stayed true to the young nerd she once was.

You can read more about Jill at JillPantozzi.com and keep up with her, and her cats, on Twitter at @JillPantozzi ,”like” her on Facebook, and view her resume on LinkedIn.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! Her website TheNerdyBird.com was relaunched with Patreon support in 2015 and she’s formerly Editor in Chief of The Mary Sue (Abrams Media) and contributor/host at HitFix at Uproxx. She’s written for Blastr, MTV, Tor, Playboy, Publishers Weekly, Topless Robot, IGN, Newsarama, and Comic Book Resources.

Jill is a prominent member of the geek community, regularly engaging with fans, attending conventions, and cosplaying. She co-hosted the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press), another titled “Hey Kids, Comics!” and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.”

In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s “Comic Store Heroes,” a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, “Legends of the Knight.” Diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at two and a half, Jill has held the title of Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association since she was seven and has appeared for over twenty years on the New York broadcast of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.

You can keep up with Jill, and her cats, on Twitter at @JillPantozzi.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop culture writer and host who reports on all things nerdy and beyond! Her website TheNerdyBird.com was relaunched with Patreon support in 2015 and she’s formerly Editor in Chief of The Mary Sue (Abrams Media) and contributor/host at HitFix at Uproxx. She’s written for Blastr, MTV, Tor, Playboy, Publishers Weekly, IGN & more. You can keep up with Jill, and her cats, on Twitter at @JillPantozzi.