Family and friends of Christian Science Monitor freelance reporter Jill Carroll are overjoyed at news of her release this morning in Baghdad. Jill Carroll grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from UMass Amherst in with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. One of her professors and head of the department — Karen List has stayed in touch with Jill Carroll since she graduated in the late 90s. List says she spoke with Jill Carroll’s sister this morning and has learned she’s in good shape after being held by captors in Iraq since early January. Karen List spoke with WFCR’s Jill Kaufman just this morning.