People

  • Reporter - Statehouse

    Brian Mackey covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. He was previously A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago...

  • Former Digital Engagement Producer

    Carter was the digital engagement producer at NPR Illinois 2017-2018. He graduated from the Capital Scholars Honors with a bachelors degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Springfield. 

  • Commentator

    The director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III,  a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Reporter

    Daisy reports on various assignments for NPR Illinois.  She graduated from the Public Affairs Reporting master’s  degree program at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she spent time covering the legislative session for NPR Illinois' ...

  • Reporter - Education Desk

    After a long career in newspapers (Dallas Observer, The Dallas Morning News, Anchorage Daily News, Illinois Times), Dusty returned to school to get a master's degree in multimedia journalism. She began work as Education Desk reporter at NPR...

  • Reporter

    Jaclyn is a reporter for NPR Illinois with special interests in health and agriculture. She joined the team in September of 2017.

    Jaclyn got her start in journalism in the small town of Sioux City, Iowa in June of 2015. She worked as a...

  • Reporter - Education

    Lee V. Gaines is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, Crain’sthe Pacific Standard and the Marshall Project. She also recently completed a...

  • Reporter - Health+Harvest

    Madelyn Beck is from Montana, but has reported everywhere from Alaska to Washington, D.C. Most recently, she was the Wyoming reporter for public media collaboration Inside Energy. There, she reported on regional and national energy issues for...

  • 2018 Public Affairs Reporting Intern

    Mary works as an intern for NPR Illinois' Illinois Issues. She is currently a student in the Public Affairs Reporting master's degree program at the University of Illinois Springfield and will graduate in May 2018. Prior to coming to...

  • Reporter

    Mary reports for NPR Illinois and the Illinois Newsroom. She graduated from the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she spent a legislative session covering statehouse news for The Daily Herald<...

  • News Editor

    Maureen Foertsch McKinney is the NPR Illinois News Editor and a lead editor of Illinois Issues' feature articles, working with freelance writers,  and is curator of the Equity blog. Maureen joined the staff in 1998 as projects editor....

  • Anchor/Reporter

    Michelle Eccles anchors NPR Illinois' Morning Edition. Michelle has more than 30 years of experience in broadcasting which all began at her high school radio station, Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois. She attended Southern...

  • Reporter

    Rachel's reports focus on the arts, community & diverse culture. 

    She's a graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield, and while obtaining that degree she spent a legislative session...

  • Reporter

    Sam is a general assignment reporter.  Previously, Sam was a Public Affairs Reporting intern for spring 2018, working at the NPR Illinois Statehouse bureau.

    Since 2015, he's been floating around the radio airwaves as a reporter, disc...

  • Director of Editorial / COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD, EX-OFFICIO

    Chatham

    Sean has led the NPR Illinois news operations since the fall of 2009. He replaced the only other person to do so in the station's history, Rich Bradley. Prior to taking over the News Department, Sean worked as...