Whether it’s running around with her children, out in the field reporting for Channel 7 Eyewitness News, at a philanthropic event or out to dinner with her husband, one thing’s for sure: You can almost always spot Jen Maxfield in her signature J Brand jeans. “I like the way J Brand jeans fit, and they don’t lose their shape,” she says. Casual clothing is what fits her busy lifestyle, as she has to be ready for anything when it comes to work. As a field reporter for WABC-TV, Maxfield spends much of her time reporting in inclement weather: wind, snow, sleet, rain or standing in the middle of a flooded street. “I love wearing high heels but I always keep a pair of flats in my bag and boots in my car in case I get called out on assignment,” she says. “I need to be able to follow the story, and you can’t walk into someone’s flooded home in heels.
“A big misconception people have about TV news reporting is that it’s a glamorous job,” she says. “I spend most of my days writing scripts, conducting interviews and making phone calls. I only spend five minutes on my hair and makeup and apply it in the news van. We don’t have hair stylists, makeup artists or anyone pulling clothing for us.” She adds, “We have talented photographers to make us look good.”
Since Maxfield works out in the field, she puts focus on outerwear. “People usually can’t see my outfit, just the coat I’m wearing over it,” she says.
She relies on her sister, Cheryl, to help her pick out clothing. “I don’t go shopping without her, she points me in the right direction,” she says. “I’m not particularly fashionable.” She loves to shop at Bergen’s smaller boutiques as opposed to New York City because of the excellent customer service and attentiveness of the sales associates. “In particular, I love Marcia’s Attic, Footnotes, See-Saw in Tenafly and Guess What’s New? Boutique in Westwood,” she says. Her favorite items to shop for are jeans and high heels. “My favorite brand of heels is Cole Haan because they are so comfortable,” she says.
Maxfield’s passion for work is obvious to those who know her and have seen her in action. She has spent 10 years as a broadcaster and eight of those years with Eyewitness News. Besides devoting her time to her career, she is committed to making a difference in the community. She is involved with several charities, including The Opportunity Network and the Center for Food Action.
Maxfield went to Columbia University for both her undergraduate degree and her master’s. After living in Hoboken for a number of years, she and her husband decided that their growing family would benefit from living in Bergen. “I love the small-town feel in Bergen County and how invested people are in the community,” she says. “The schools are amazing and you have the best of both worlds: green space and lots of land as well as the cosmopolitan feel of the city. The quality of restaurants and shops are as good if not better than in New York City.”
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