Connelly enjoyed a wide variety of roles including anchoring the news, hosting Women’s Championship Bowling and landing big interviews for her hit talk show.
She decided to leave her on-air schedule in 1975, becoming WTAE’s director of public service for the next 13 years.
In 2002, Connelly was the first woman from western Pennsylvania to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
She is survived by her three children and five grandchildren.
Her family said a celebration of Jean’s life is planned for the spring when it can be done safely together.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, where Connelly served on the board for 25 years.