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WILL - WILL Press Room - August 07, 2014

Linder Joins Illinois Public Media as Education Outreach Coordinator

Suzanne Linder

Suzanne Linder, an English teacher at Urbana’s University Laboratory High School for 17 years, will join the staff of Illinois Public Media Aug. 18 as education outreach coordinator.

Linder has also been a University of Illinois Writing Project teacher consultant for the past two years, coordinating professional development conferences for local teachers. Her work for her master’s degree in speech communication from the University of Illinois focused of the effect of media on young children. She presents regularly at the annual conference of the National Council for Teachers of English.


WILL - WILL Press Room - July 28, 2014

Bresnahan joins IPM and WTVP as President and CEO

Maurice "Moss" Bresnahan

Maurice "Moss" Bresnahan will become the new president and CEO of Illinois Public Media and WTVP (Peoria) on Sept. 2.

Bresnahan, who most recently served as president and CEO of KCTS-TV in Seattle, has extensive experience in public media, having served as CEO of South Carolina ETV and Public Radio Network, and general manager of WVPT-TV in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Bresnahan’s first job in public media was in the Quad Cities as general manager of WQPT-TV, Moline, and KQCT-TV in Davenport, Iowa, where he worked from 1992 to 1997.



WILL - WILL Press Room - April 22, 2014

WILL and partner win Murrow Awards in 3 categories

Murrow Awards seal

Illinois Public Media News reports, including breaking news coverage of the Gifford tornado, won regional Edward R. Murrow awards in two categories, and CU-CitizenAccess won for a story produced in cooperation with WILL on the resurgence of meth in central Illinois.

The Radio Television Digital News Association honored the WILL newsroom's coverage of the Nov. 17, 2013, Gifford tornado, including news reports by Sean Powers; a Focus program produced by Lindsey Moon and hosted by Jim Meadows; and Morning Edition hosted by Jeff Bossert.

Powers won in the hard news feature category for his story on how the Affordable Care Act may lower incarceration and recidivism rates. CU-CitizenAccess won in the best investigative feature category for Cheryl Silver's story on how meth use is on the rise. The feature grew from WILL's collaboration with CU-CitizenAccess and led to a Focus program and local WILL-TV segments seen locally as part of PBS NewsHour Weekend.

Each of the three entries will go on to compete for national Murrow Awards.


WILL - WILL Press Room - April 15, 2014

WILL named Outstanding Radio News Operation

Sean Powers, IPM general manager Chet Tomczyk, Jeff Bossert

WILL-AM has been named the Outstanding News Operation in the downstate radio division of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association Journalism Excellence Contest.

News and public affairs director Scott Cameron said the award recognized the work of every member of the news team. "Our listeners will always be the most important judges of our reporting and programming, but it's an honor to be recognized by our peers on a statewide level," he said.


WILL - WILL Press Room - September 03, 2013

Tomczyk Joins Illinois Public Media as General Manager

Chet Tomczyk

The College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and WTVP, Public Media for Central Illinois, have announced that Chet Tomczyk will join the team at Illinois Public Media. He will serve as interim general manager starting September 3, 2013. He brings with him over 40 years of media experience, the last 19 at WTVP in Peoria.

Tomczyk will not be leaving his current position of president and CEO at WTVP, but will instead be splitting his time between the two properties as a shared administrator. “This collaboration offers an unprecedented opportunity for two neighboring public broadcasting entities to jointly increase their relevance and value to the many communities they serve. I am excited by the possibilities and honored to be associated with the WILL stations,” Tomczyk said.


WILL - WILL Press Room - July 18, 2013

Scott Cameron Becomes IPM News Director

Scott Cameron

Scott Cameron, formerly senior producer of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, has joined the Illinois Public Media staff as director of news and public affairs. Scott began working at NPR in 2006 as editor of Talk of the Nation, a national news-talk call-in show that reached more than 3 million listeners a week. He became senior producer of the program in 2012.


WILL - WILL Press Room - May 03, 2013

Illinois Public Media GM Leaving for Post at NET

Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard, Illinois Public Media’s general manager, will be leaving the organization by August 1, 2013, to become the general manager and CEO for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET), a statewide network of Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations.




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