Randy Eccles



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 Illinois portfolio and transitioned its reporting into audio/digital distribution.

Randy previously worked at KTAR in Phoenix and WGN in Chicago where he worked in programming and marketing management after producing talk shows and sports coverage.  He also served in management and news stints at student-run stations WHFH, WONC, and WUEV.  Born in Hinsdale, he was raised by teachers in south suburban Glenwood and spent a lot of time at the family farm in Industry, Illinois (south of Macomb).

This position supervises the units of the Center including NPR Illinois, the Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies (including, but not limited to, the Legislative Staff Internship Program and Child Protection Training Academy), Survey Research Office, Institute for Illinois Public Finance, Office of Graduate Intern Programs, Innovate Springfield, Illinois Innocence Project, and Office of Electronic Media. The Office of the Executive Director provides administrative coordination of these units.

Roehrs, who is a re-enactor who has photographed war re-enactments, has World War I-inspired photos of re-enactors displayed in the exhibit “Have you forgotten yet? 100 Years Since the Armistice” at LLCC’s James S. Murray Gallery. She’s digital engagement producer at NPR Illinois.

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Sep 30, 2018

Tara McClellan McAndrew explores a past experience of NPR Illinois reporter Rachel Otwell.

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It is a joyful event when NPR Illinois is able to hire new staff.  

Here's a great weekend project with the kids just in time for the Illinois State Fair...

UIS Chancellor Susan Koch discusses NPR Illinois PodCamp in her State Journal-Register column.

The NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board (CAB) met in Chicago and connected by videoconference to Springfield. The primary purposes of the meeting were to welcome new advisory board members who begin their new terms on July 1, 2018 and to provide input about whether NPR Illinois’ programming and policies meet the specialized educational and cultural needs of the community it serves.

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Thanks to Grab-a-Java for welcoming listeners during this spring's fund drive.  NPR Illinois is honored to be a sign of the times!

After several weeks of investigation, Tom Ashbrook has been dismissed as host of On Point.

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The Future Fund is an endowment that has awarded $69,000 to programs that help youth through a competitive application process.  

NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board Meeting
September 1, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
TBD, Springfield


Advisory Board purpose

  1. Consider Community Advisory Board requirements
  2. Review bylaws
  3. Refine Community Advisory Board expectations

Advisory Board membership

  1. Approve transition to staggered terms 
  2. Determine when to launch Nominating Committee

NPR Illinois update

NPR Illinois midday program the 21st is featured describing its first year growth, behind the scenes work, and mission to grow its service to you.

It's clear you have something to say about the historic impasse entering its third year.  Here are some of the early contributions:

NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board Meeting
June 2, 2017

For major public media junkies, here's the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) President Pat Harrison appearing before the House Appropriations Committee - Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Scroll to the end to learn a lot about public broadcasting.

An article on the budget impasse's impact on Illinois public broadcasters from a trade journal.

Steven Spearie of the SJ-R talked with local public media managers about the potential impact of the Trump administration budget proposal.

NPR Illinois Advisory Board Meeting
March 3, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Suggs Performance Studio, NPR Illinois Studios
2340 Theodore Dreiser Lane, Springfield


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The, at least, octennial time of transition is upon us.  The first 100 days of a presidency may have decreased in productivity but they are still likely to see change from the previous administration (Julia Azari, A President's First 100 Days Really Do Matter, fivethirtyeight.com).  Already, the Trump administration is very active.

NPR Illinois is included in this look at the impact of the state budget impasse on charitable giving in the capital.

Julie Wurth reports on how the state budget impasse is looking inside UIUC.

What are you enjoying the most from new host, Chris Thile , on A Prairie Home Companion?

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Sangamon State University Newsletter / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

A few items in this Mission Control:

  • The first drive.  
  • Amanda Vinicky Moving to Chicago.  
  • Election 2016.  Explained.  
  • Past Due.  

Jake joined Karl Scroggin in studio just before he retired. Here's a more recent performance with Fred Child.

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