People

  • Business Coordinator
  • Engagement & Membership Coordinator

    Beatrice is the membership and engagment coordinator for NPR Illinois. 

    Previously, she was the Leadership Lived student worker for NPR Illinois during the 2017-2018 school year. Beatrice completed the Capital Honors Scholars Program...

  • Host / Production Coordinator

    Bob Meyer is in charge of production at NPR Illinois, and also serves as the station's main on-air host.  Bob joined the station in February of 2000.

  • Coordinator - Civic Education

    Brandon Smith works as coordinator of civic education projects.  Brandon earned his B.S. in economics from UIUC in 2018 and is pursuing his MPA  at UIS.  He worked at UIUC’s main and law libraries along with the Hazel Crest public works...

  • 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...

  • 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 - Public Affairs Reporting
  • Nightsounds Host

    Dave Leonatti is an architect, freelance writer and self-professed music nut based in Springfield. He wrote music and performing arts reviews for the State Journal-Register. Dave started the

  • 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...

  • Director of Technology / Chief Engineer
  • Bluegrass Breakdown Host

    Jennifer Ramm is a bluegrass musician and fan based in Springfield, Illinois.  Her love for the music began when she was growing up in Michigan and her family inadvertently attended a bluegrass festival.  She plays fiddle and sings with the...

  • 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...

  • Director of Development / Community Advisory Board, Ex-Officio

    Nice earned her B.A in Communications from UIS. She has been creating measurable results in managing corporate communications, fundraising, advertising, external affairs, community relations, government relations, marketing...

  • Reporter

    Rachel's reports currently focus on education and equity. She's also reported extensively on arts, community & diverse culture. 

    She's a graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield, and...

  • General Manager / COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD, EX-OFFICIO

    Springfield

    Randy Eccles became NPR Illinois general manager in 2013 after serving as development director since moving to Springfield in 2008.  In 2014, Randy led the team that added Illinois Issues into the NPR...

  • 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...

  • Sangamon Valley Roots Revival Host/Bedrock 66 Live Producer
  • 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...

  • Planned & Major Gifts

    Terri Hempstead coordinates planned and major gifts to support NPR Illinois. 

    Terri joined the UIS Office of Advancement as Director of Development in April of 2018.  As part of her duties, she works with NPR Illinois Development...

  • Host

    Yona Stamatis hosts and produces special arts coverage of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra on NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS including interviews and music engagement events.  

    Dr. Stamatis joined the University of Illinois...