Jen Maxfield is an Emmy® Award winning correspondent for NBC 4 New York. Since April 2013, Maxfield has covered breaking news, general assignment stories in New Jersey and serves as a fill-in anchor on all of NBC 4 New York’s newscasts.
Maxfield has covered many of the Tri-State's most memorable and powerful stories throughout her career spanning over two decades. These include the sudden resignation of New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, Captain Sullenberger's "Miracle on the Hudson", the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and the response to the 2016 New York/New Jersey terror attacks, among many others.
Maxfield’s anchoring and reporting contributed to NBC 4 New York’s award-winning COVID-19 coverage, honored in January, 2021 with the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for “creat(ing) a 360 view in real time of the coronavirus pandemic, with courageous and thorough reporting on the virus’s explosion in New York City.” The duPont has long been recognized as the broadcast, documentary and on-line equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, also awarded by Columbia University.
From 2002 to 2013, Maxfield worked for WABC's Eyewitness News in New York City as a general assignment reporter, New Jersey correspondent and fill-in anchor. Prior to joining WABC, Maxfield worked for WIXT in Syracuse, New York as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor, in addition to WIVT in Binghamton, New York as a general assignment reporter and anchor. She started her career as an intern at CNN’s United Nations bureau.
Maxfield received a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Political Science from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1999 where she wrote for the Columbia Daily Spectator. She received a Master of Science from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 2000, where she now serves as an adjunct professor teaching Video 1 and On-Air Skills courses.
Maxfield’s first book, More After the Break: A Reporter Returns to Ten Unforgettable News Stories will be published in July, 2022. The book revisits the most memorable stories Maxfield covered during her two-decade career, through the eyewitness perspectives and her own.
Active within the community, Maxfield is a longtime volunteer and former member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Food Action in Englewood, NJ. She also serves on the Board of Visitors at Columbia College, and volunteers in New York and New Jersey non-profits including The Opportunity Network, Bergen Family Center, JCC on the Palisades, Women's Rights Information Center, Jewish Women International, and the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.
Maxfield lives in Bergen County with her husband Scott, their three children, and their dog.