People

  • Host / Production Manager

    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.

  • 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...

  • Host

    Mandolinist Chris Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation.

    Chris made his first public radio appearance in 1996, at the age of 15. Since that early booking, Chris, recipient of a 2012 MacArthur "genius" grant...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Host

    Niala is the host and executive producer of The 21st, a new statewide, interactive weekday talk show for Illinois.

    She is also National Vice-President for Broadcast for the Asian American...

  • Host, WUIS Classic

    Peter van de Graaff hosts the classical music programming on WUIS Classic.  He has hosted such nationwide broadcast series as Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Van Cliburn Piano Series, operas from the European Broadcasting...

  • Reporter & Assistant News Editor

    Rachel's reports focus on the arts, community & diverse culture. 

    She's a graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield, and while obtaining that degree she spent a legislative session...

  • 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...

  • 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...