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Journalist and TV host Jemele Hill ended 2018 on a high note announcing her surprise engagement and sharing the big news with her fans across social media.

Just days after Christmas, Hill, 43, posted photos of her fiancé, Ian Wallace, on bended knee on a rooftop as she smiled.

Hill and Wallace have been together for almost four years—they met in 2014, and began dating seriously in 2015.

“I’ve called this my year of transition,” she wrote in an Instagram post when she shared her engagement news. “I left a job, started a new job, moved to a new city and now … I’m engaged to the love of my life. I’m overjoyed and immensely blessed. In a series of photos.”

Now the longtime sports journalist, who is currently a staff writer at the Atlantic, is sharing the details of her surprise proposal and her engagement joy exclusively with ESSENCE.

For starters, the Detroit native is still on cloud nine.

“[It feels] surreal, but right,” Hill said when asked how she feels post engagement. “Like a lot of women my age, I’m so used to seeing this happen to someone else. It feels a little weird for it to finally be my turn. But I’ve known for a while that I wasn’t going to let this one get away from me. I’ve found someone who makes me better, takes care of my spirit, and is secure enough to handle the public attention I receive. I truly feel like the luckiest woman on Earth.”

Hill says she had no idea Wallace, 38, who is also from Detroit and works in sales, was planning to pop the question

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