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Staley Museum: Touchstone of Decatur

Jun 28, 2019
Josh Gujjarlapudi interviewing Julie Staley
Chloe Bellot / NPR Illnois

Hello, I’m Josh Gujjarlapudi for NPR Illinois Podcamp 2019.

The name Staley is well-known throughout Decatur and the state of Illinois. A.E. Staley was a prominent businessman and the first owner of the Chicago bears Julie Staley, the wife of Mr. Staley's great-grandson, is the president of the Staley Museum.

Evan Klein interviewing Jolene Vollmer
Chloe Bellot / NPR Illinois

Hello I’M Evan Klein  for the 2019 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

It’s exciting to have students from other countries on the local college campus. They add different perspectives in the classroom and bring different traditions to student life. Jolene Vollmer works with international students every day as the immigration specialist.

The Woman Behind the Kidzeum: Leah Wilson

Jun 28, 2019
Manu Mamillapalli and Leah Wilson
Chloe Bellot / NPR Illinois

Hello, I’m Manu Mamillapalli for NPR Illinois Podcamp 

You might have heard of the Kidzeum in downtown Springfield, but you might not know what goes on behind the scenes of the whole operation. I had a chance to interview Leah Wilson, the Executive Director of the Kidzeum.

Madelyn Moore interviewing James Bengfort
Chloe Bellot / NPR Illinois

Hello, I am Madelyn Moore for the 2019 Illinois Podcamp. 

The world of journalism is constantly changing, and is extremely competitive. Even within the Springfield area, there are numerous outlets competing for people’s attention. The Illinois Times has carved out a distinct place within that landscape. I had a chance to talk with the Associate Publisher of the Illinois Times and Springfield Business Journal, James Bengfort. James got a degree in marketing which he uses in his work as publisher. He loved the capital city and searched for an opportunity to return after working for the Oklahoma Gazette.

The Report on Reporters

Jun 28, 2019
Colin Curry interviewing Daisy Contreras
Chloe Bellot / NPR Illinois

For NPR Illinois podcamp, I’m Colin Curry.

Sometimes it takes a while to find out exactly what you want to do in your life. That was the case for NPR Illinois reporter Daisy Contreras.

Gabriel Villegas interviewing Larry Eaton
Chloe Bellot / NPR llinois

For NPR Illinois Podcamp, I’m Gabriel Villegas and this is a story about fire safety.

That’s certainly not something you want to hear on a normal day!


Journalist, Teacher, And Editor: Scott Faingold Does All 3.

Jun 28, 2019
Alexander Shapinsky interviewing Scott Faingold
Chloe Bellot / NPR Illinois

Hi, I’m Alexander Shapinsky from NPR Illinois Podcamp. Scott Faingold is the new Student Media Director at UIS, and the Editor in Chief of the Activator magazine in Springfield, IL.

The Ever Changing Job: Working in PR at UIS.

Jun 28, 2019
Max Alessia interviewing Blake Wood
Chloe Bellot / NPR Illinois

For NPR Illinois podcamp I’m Max Alessia.

Have you ever wanted to play around with pictures and videos for a job? Because Blake Wood does just that.

Jordan Johnson interviewing Molly Hall
Chloe Bellot / NPR Illinois

Today I am talking to Molly Hall about her first job, how she became the Executive of the Energy Education Council, or the EEC.

A.J. Vollmer interviewing Mike Suhadolnik
Chloe Bellot / NPR Illinois

Hello I’m A.J. Vollmer, for NPR Illinois Podcamp.

Mike Suhadolnik is a Springfield CrossFit coach who wrote the book “I Knew We Had a Cure,” and he is doing so at 75 years old. Mike inspired many people with chronic diseases to eat healthy and exercise.

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PodCamp and Podcast Academy 2019

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NPR Illinois is hosting two podcast programs in summer 2019, one aimed at middle school students and the other at high school students. These two programs are uniquely designed by NPR Illinois and Ann Strahle, associate professor in communication at UIS. Ann and NPR Illinois staff members will instruct the programs with support from college students and other public media professionals.

Sandro Garcia interviews Isaac Edwards.
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I’m Sandro Garcia for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp. While most musicians aim to be local stars, Springfield, Illinois resident, Isaac Edwards, has other goals. He does not really want to pursue fame, but wants to teach other people. 

Rohan Interviews Courtney Wick
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I am Rohan Ramkumar for the NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Courtney Wick is a licensed professional counselor and art therapist at the Hope Institute. She’s also a local writer, artist, and performer in plays such as “Legally Blonde”. She is also currently the board president for the Springfield Area Arts Council and volunteers at lots of places such as the Animal Protective League and The Big Brother Big Sister foundation.

Caleb Shuff and Justin Blandford pose
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I’m Caleb Shuff for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Justin Blandford, is a superintendent and curator of the Illinois Governor’s Mansion, and lives in Springfield, Illinois. 

PodCamp: Judge Shares His Journey to the Bench

Jul 19, 2018
Nathaniel Hostetter with Brian Otwell.
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello I’m Nathaniel Hostetter for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Brian Ottwel is an Associate Judge for the seventh Judicial Court of Illinois for eight years.

Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I’m Riley Brown for the NPR Illinois Podcamp.

Scott Richardson is the Executive Director and owner of the Legacy Theatre in Springfield.

Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I’m Arnav Nagrecha for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

John Wright is the director of the Henson Robinson Zoo. He is a graduate of Truman State University and has worked at various zoos and aquariums as a zookeeper, lead keeper, and general curator.

Madelyn Moore interviews Lisa Clemmons Stott at UIS.
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I’m Madelyn Moore for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Lisa Clemmons Stott of Downtown Springfield Incorporated enjoys bringing the historical aspects of the city to life.

Molly interviews Nicolas Paz
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Nicolas Paz is the owner and chef at AZ-T-CA restaurant in Springfield. He grew up in Bolivia, which is a small South American country and came to America in 2001.

Leo Page interviews Jeremie Bailey
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, my name is Leo Page for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Jeremie Bailey shines a light on local, creative individuals with his podcast, Lincoln’s Legends. He is an enthusiast of Springfield’s artists, and their work.

Carly Shank interviewed by Abigail Stalets
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello my name is Abby Stalets with the 2018 PodCast Camp.


Carly Shank is the Director (of Audience Development) at the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield. She has worked there for 17 years. The purpose of the auditorium is to bring artists and performances to the area and to help the community.

Brian Mackey and Haley Vega in a deep converstation about newspapers.
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I’m Haley Vega for the 2018 NPR Illinois Podcamp.

Brian Mackey is a reporter of state government and politics for NPR.   Mackey didn’t always know he wanted to write or work for a news station.

 Jacob Bouldin interviews with Siri Kakumani
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, this is Siri Kakumani for the 2018 NPR Illinois Podcamp.

K-9 officer Jacob Bouldin and his partner in service, Dagz, came in to talk about his occupation and why he wanted to become a K-9 police officer. In his job he and his dog sniff out narcotics and objects including evidence in investigative cases and are located in Chatham, Illinois.

 John Kelker with Adam Schnell
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I’m Adam Schnell for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp. 

John Kelker is the head of the United Way, a company that volunteers and helps out other nonprofit companies.

Chandana Poola and Justin Knoedler standing together
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I’m Chandu Poola for the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Justin Knoedler is a retired professional baseball player and he now has opened his own indoor baseball and softball field. Justin lives in his hometown of Springfield, Il

Swara Kakumani and Larissa Hansen pose for a picture after the interview.
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello I'm Swara Kakumani for the 2018 PodCamp.

Larissa Hansen is a consultant with GenHKids through her very own company. She was able to transition her skills from one company to the other.

Kyle Abraham and Liz Moran Stelk discuss the 2018 Farm Bill.
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I’m Kyle Abraham for the NPR Illinois PodCamp, and what you just heard was corn, something that, along with many other crops, is one of Liz Moran Stelk’s highest priorities. Stelk is the Executive Director at the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, or ISA.

Katie Davidson explains the mission of Innovate Springfield to podcamper Evan Klein
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS


Hello, I’m Evan Klein For the 2018 NPR Illinois PodCamp.

Katie Davison, works for Innovate Springfield, a business incubator.

Frank Butterfield interviews with Isha Ramkumar
Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS


Hello, I’m Isha Ramkumar for the 2018 Illinois Podcamp.

Frank Butterfield is the Director Of Springfield Office at Landmarks Illinois. He joined the organization in 2013 and leads the preservation of famous landmarks in Illinois.

Katie Buck / NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS

Hello, I'm Mackenzie for the NPR Illinois PodCamp.

John G. Stremsterfer is the CEO and President of the Community Foundation of the Land of Lincoln. He has been been employee since 2002, and was the 2007 "Oustanding Fundraising Professional" award recipient. He was born in Springfield and still lives there today.