Who’s Who at The 21st
Niala Boodhoo, Host/Executive Producer
Niala Boodhoo is the Host and Executive Producer. She’s been a journalist since 2000 for The Miami Herald, Reuters in London and Washington, DC and The Associated Press in Miami. Niala got her start in public media in 2008 at WLRN, where she launched The Miami Herald Friday Business Report. Most recently, she hosted The Afternoon Shift, a two-hour, local weekday show on WBEZ/Chicago Public Media. She bakes a serious rum cake.
Alan Montecillo, Senior Producer
Alan Montecillo came to The 21st from Portland, Oregon, where he was the founding producer of Racist Sandwich, a podcast about food, race, class, and gender. Before that, he worked at Think Out Loud, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s daily news talk show. Alan also hosts a podcast about Filipino-American stories called Balikbayan.
Anna Casey, Producer
Prior to joining The 21st as a producer, Anna worked as a general assignment reporter at Illinois Public Media covering local stories. Her print journalism has appeared in Kaiser Health News and St. Louis-Post Dispatch, among other outlets, and her radio pieces have appeared on Morning Edition and on KUT, where she was an intern for The Texas Standard. Anna is a graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and has a master's in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.
Libby Foster, Producer
Libby Foster came to The 21st after graduating from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before that she worked for WEFT Community Radio in Champaign. Libby also spent time producing for Radio Health Journal, a weekly health and science program that broadcasts nationwide. She’s originally from Oak Park, Illinois.
Jason Croft, Technical Director
Jason Croft is a twenty-year veteran of public radio. Besides being the engineer of The 21st, he is also the Production Manager at Illinois Public Media, weekend on-air host, and general Jack-Of-All-Trades. From 1999-2010 he was the host and producer of WILL’s program Sidetrack. He is also involved with Champaign’s community radio station WEFT where he does a weekly lounge and Rat Pack-era music program.
Steve Morck, Digital Media Associate Producer
Steve Morck is the resident utility man for The 21st and WILL, filling in wherever needed with everything from engineering to producing. He came to WILL from commercial radio after graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 2013. He is also a huge sports fan and the lone White Sox fan in the building.