Jane Jude: "You play the hand you're dealt"

Jane JudeJane Jude is seemingly everywhere these days: serving as new host of WHHI-TV’s “Talk of the Town,” moderating debates in the recent mayoral and Town Council elections, teaching leadership classes, working with Toastmasters and singing and leading the handbell choir at First Presbyterian Church.

Indeed, Jude possesses incredible levels of energy and resourcefulness, traits that have served her family at home as well. Jude’s son, Stewart, was struck with meningitis at three weeks old, and the illness has meant a lifelong challenge. But Jude has learned to turn them into positives. “You play the hand you’re dealt,” she says, adding that she home-schools the high school senior via an online charter school. Her daughter, Amelia, is a junior at SCAD.

Jude says Stewart’s illness greatly impacted his shortterm memory early on. But one day, while riding in the car when Stewart was in middle school, she started noticing that “he knew every word to the songs.” An idea was born: Jude began teaching Stewart some of his lessons in music, and the practice paid off. “He can still sing the words to Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If,’” she says proudly.

Jude, who majored in physics, met her husband, Keith, in college and moved to Hilton Head Island shortly thereafter. She’s a veteran of Palmetto Electric, and worked for many years as Hargray’s technical training manager. A self-professed “techno-geek,” she has a knack for the latest technology and can usually be found with her iPhone close by both at home and in the studio.

“With ‘Talk of the Town,’ I want people to appreciate the diverse and fascinating people who make their homes here and to give the many involved in charitable causes a way to promote their services and events,” she says.