WILL Press Room
Suzanne Linder, an English teacher at Urbana’s University Laboratory High School for 17 years, will join the staff of Illinois Public Media Aug. 18 as education outreach coordinator.
Linder has also been a University of Illinois Writing Project teacher consultant for the past two years, coordinating professional development conferences for local teachers. Her work for her master’s degree in speech communication from the University of Illinois focused of the effect of media on young children. She presents regularly at the annual conference of the National Council for Teachers of English.
Maurice "Moss" Bresnahan will become the new president and CEO of Illinois Public Media and WTVP (Peoria) on Sept. 2.
Bresnahan, who most recently served as president and CEO of KCTS-TV in Seattle, has extensive experience in public media, having served as CEO of South Carolina ETV and Public Radio Network, and general manager of WVPT-TV in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Bresnahan’s first job in public media was in the Quad Cities as general manager of WQPT-TV, Moline, and KQCT-TV in Davenport, Iowa, where he worked from 1992 to 1997.
The Illinois Public Media News staff won three national awards June 21 from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, including a first place award for reporter Sean Powers’ breaking news coverage of the Nov. 17, 2013, Gifford tornado.
Illinois Public Media News reports, including breaking news coverage of the Gifford tornado, won regional Edward R. Murrow awards in two categories, and CU-CitizenAccess won for a story produced in cooperation with WILL on the resurgence of meth in central Illinois.
The Radio Television Digital News Association honored the WILL newsroom's coverage of the Nov. 17, 2013, Gifford tornado, including news reports by Sean Powers; a Focus program produced by Lindsey Moon and hosted by Jim Meadows; and Morning Edition hosted by Jeff Bossert.
Powers won in the hard news feature category for his story on how the Affordable Care Act may lower incarceration and recidivism rates. CU-CitizenAccess won in the best investigative feature category for Cheryl Silver's story on how meth use is on the rise. The feature grew from WILL's collaboration with CU-CitizenAccess and led to a Focus program and local WILL-TV segments seen locally as part of PBS NewsHour Weekend.
Each of the three entries will go on to compete for national Murrow Awards.
WILL-AM has been named the Outstanding News Operation in the downstate radio division of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association Journalism Excellence Contest.
News and public affairs director Scott Cameron said the award recognized the work of every member of the news team. "Our listeners will always be the most important judges of our reporting and programming, but it's an honor to be recognized by our peers on a statewide level," he said.
The College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and WTVP, Public Media for Central Illinois, have announced that Chet Tomczyk will join the team at Illinois Public Media. He will serve as interim general manager starting September 3, 2013. He brings with him over 40 years of media experience, the last 19 at WTVP in Peoria.
Tomczyk will not be leaving his current position of president and CEO at WTVP, but will instead be splitting his time between the two properties as a shared administrator. “This collaboration offers an unprecedented opportunity for two neighboring public broadcasting entities to jointly increase their relevance and value to the many communities they serve. I am excited by the possibilities and honored to be associated with the WILL stations,” Tomczyk said.
Scott Cameron, formerly senior producer of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, has joined the Illinois Public Media staff as director of news and public affairs. Scott began working at NPR in 2006 as editor of Talk of the Nation, a national news-talk call-in show that reached more than 3 million listeners a week. He became senior producer of the program in 2012.
Mark Leonard, Illinois Public Media’s general manager, will be leaving the organization by August 1, 2013, to become the general manager and CEO for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET), a statewide network of Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations.
On July 1, WILL-AM 580 will begin airing a midday news program, Here & Now, co-hosted by Champaign-Urbana native Jeremy Hobson, as it becomes NPR’s replacement for Talk of the Nation, which is ending production.
Illinois Public Media's educational outreach director, Molly Delaney, will be honored by the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (GSCI), along with four other women, as "Women of Distinction." Molly will be recognized in the STEM education category.
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