Jilda Unruh
1956 - 2021
Jilda Unruh

Friday, July 9, 2021, Jilda Unruh, former Tulsan passed away at the age of 65.

She was born on April 5, 1956, in Germany to Robert "Jim" and Paula Unruh. Jilda was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Vanderbilt University. She began her career in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she hosted "The Jilda Unruh Talk Show", and reported on the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921.

During her 35-year career she made a name for herself in Boston, Minneapolis and Miami. She uncovered corruption in the Public School System, won a National Gracie for Best Large Market Investigative Series and earned several Edward R. Murrow awards and four Emmys.

Jilda was preceded in death by her father, Robert "Jim". She is survived by her mother, Paula; brother, James; sister, Allison; niece and her husband, Jennifer and Craig; niece, Jaclyn; great niece, Paige; and great nephew, Greyson.

There will be a private memorial remembrance in Miami. As it was Jilda's wish, her ashes will be spread at sea at the Neptune Memorial Reef.

Published by Tulsa World on Jul. 21, 2021.
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Miss her. She was my rock when I worked with her and she remained a dear loved friend for 20 plus years. I love you
September 13, 2021
She was beautiful, kind, lovable, and my favorite dance instructor at skillys. RIP dear.
Marcus makar
July 27, 2021
I enjoyed talking to Jilda & getting updates on your Mom. I hope you & the family are doing well.
Velma Primas Green
July 22, 2021
I attended Elliot Elementary and Edison Junior High with Jilda, before we moved away. I remember her as smart, witty, and above all a really nice person. Sincere condolences to her family.
Frank Coon
July 21, 2021
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