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Meet the new host of Dialogue

With the launch of Illinois Soul came a new weekly local community affairs magazine program, Dialogue, highlighting issues important to Black communities in central Illinois. Illinois Public Media is excited to welcome Kennedy Vincent as the new permanent host of the program and as a specialty reporter for Black and immigrant communities for IPM News.

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