Public Affairs Reporting

Amanda Vinicky is a political reporter on WTTW's Chicago Tonight. She previously covered Illinois politics and government for NPR Illinois. Amanda is a Public Affairs Reporting Program graduate. She talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Mary Hansen is a reporter for NPR Illinois. She is a graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. Mary also has a BA in International Studies from American University. She talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Jamey Dunn-Thomason is Senior Coordinator of Strategic Communications at the Institute of Government & Public Affairs for the University of Illinois System. Jamey is also the former Illinois Issues Editor at NPR Illinois. She also is a PAR grad and serves on the NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board. Jamey talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles. 

Hannah Meisel covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois. She has a masters in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. Hannah talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Mary Bohlen is Associate Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois Springfield. She is also a former reporter. Mary is also has a masters in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. She talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Nina Burleigh Honored At UIS For Journalism Career

Feb 21, 2020
via ninaburleigh.com

Journalist, author and Illinois native Nina Burleigh has chased stories in almost every state in the country and across six continents over the last few decades.

The University of Illinois Springfield, where Burleigh began her career as a graduate of its Public Affairs Reporting program, is honoring her work with an Alumni Achievement Award.

She sat down with NPR Illinois’ Sam Dunklau to reflect on a career spent covering, teaching and advocating for the news.


The UIS Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) Hall of Fame
Monday, April 29, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Every day brings news about the Middle East, and its complex political, religious and economic systems.

Statewide debate broadcast by Illinois Public Broadcasters.

The four Republican candidates for Illinois governor - State Sen. Bill Brady, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, Businessman Bruce Rauner and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford meet in advance of the primary election for this live debate. 

Charles N. Wheeler III
WUIS/Illinois Issues

A few weeks ago, the University of Illinois Springfield celebrated its 42nd commencement, a joyous occasion for the more than 750 graduates who participated in the ceremony at Springfield’s downtown convention center.

Jamey Dunn headshot
mattpenning.com 2014 / WUIS/Illinois Issues

Though I never met him, Paul Simon has had a profound effect on my life. Some years ago, a fateful visit to the Public Policy Institute he founded at my alma mater, Southern Illinois University, solidified my choice to shift my career path from public relations and take a gamble on journalism, regardless of my fears about finding a job in a struggling industry.