Bill Wheelhouse retired in early 2016.
He served as general manager, Morning Edition anchor, economy reporter, Harvest reporter, and the Statehouse Bureau Chief where he was responsible for providing statehouse coverage for a dozen public stations across the state. He served in that role 1995-2005. During that time he was won several awards including Best Investigative Reporter. He traveled to Cuba in 1999 with then Governor George Ryan and provided coverage of that trip from Havana. He has covered national political conventions in 1988, 1996 and 2000.
He has also contributed reports to NPR and other syndicated radio programs. Bill also moderated the weekly public radio talk show State Week after Rich Bradley retired. Bill also served as an adjunct professor in the Public Affairs Reporting graduate program at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
He worked as a news director at the public radio station in Macomb and worked in both commercial radio and television.
Bill served two terms as President of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and is a past president of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcast Advisory Board. He was a member of the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated.
He is a 1981 graduate of Rushville High School and a 1985 graduate of Western Illinois University. In 1999 he earned a Masters Degree in Political Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield.