Who’s Who at The 21st
Niala Boodhoo, Host/Executive Producer
Niala Boodhoo is the Startup Host/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.
Scott Cameron, Executive Editor
Scott Cameron brings two decades of news and talk radio experience to The 21st, including seven years as Senior Editor at NPR’s Talk of the Nation and another eight years producing programs for WGN Radio in Chicago. His job on The 21st is to help create a new kind of show for Illinois that connects with and gives voice to the diverse ideas and topics affecting people across the state. Over the years, Cameron has also worked as a producer, reporter, editor and music radio DJ.
Alan Montecillo, 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.
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.