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...

  • Digital Engagement Producer
  • Analyst

    The director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III,  a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Reporter

    Daisy reports on various assignments for NPR Illinois.  She graduated from the Public Affairs Reporting master’s  degree program at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she spent time covering the legislative session for NPR Illinois' ...

  • 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

  • Reporter - Education Desk

    After a long career in newspapers (Dallas Observer, The Dallas Morning News, Anchorage Daily News, Illinois Times), Dusty returned to school to get a master's degree in multimedia journalism. She began work as Education Desk reporter at NPR...

  • Chief Engineer
  • Reporter

    Jaclyn is a reporter for NPR Illinois with special interests in state politics and education. She joined the team in September of 2017.

    Jaclyn got her start in journalism in the small town of Sioux City, Iowa in June of 2015. She worked...

  • 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...

  • Reporter

    Mary reports for NPR Illinois and Illinois Issues. She graduated from the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she spent a legislative session covering statehouse news for The Daily Herald....

  • Director of Business & Finance
  • News Editor

    Maureen Foertsch McKinney is the NPR Illinois News Editor and a lead editor of Illinois Issues' feature articles, working with freelance writers,  and is curator of the Equity blog. Maureen joined the staff in 1998 as projects editor....

  • Director of Development - Community Advisory Board, Ex-Officio

    Glenarm

  • Reporter

    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...

  • General Manager/Publisher - COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD, EX-OFFICIO

    Springfield

    Randy became the NPR Illinois general manager in 2013 after serving as development director since moving to Springfield in 2008.  With the 2014 merger with Illinois Issues magazine, Randy also...

  • Sangamon Valley Roots Revival Host/Bedrock 66 Live Producer
  • Managing Editor - 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...

  • Business/Development Assistant
  • 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...