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Will Leitch Discusses Mattoon’s Recovery After School Shooting

Will Leitch (right) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles with Grierson and Leitch podcast co-host Tim Grierson.

Will Leitch (right) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles with "Grierson and Leitch" podcast co-host Tim Grierson. Will Leitch

Two weeks ago Wednesday, a student opened fire in the Mattoon High School cafeteria, injuring one other student.

The community is continuing to recover, as is the victim, who according to a press release from the district, has been released from the hospital.  The alleged shooter, who is a juvenile, has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm.

Will Leitch, speaking in Mattoon on Thursday September 28.

Photo Credit: Will Leitch

For Will Leitch, Mattoon is home. The University of Illinois alumnus now lives in Athens, Georgia, and has written for national publications like Sports on Earth, New York Magazine, and Bloomberg, among others.

Leitch returned to Mattoon last week to speak at the 25th anniversary reunion of Mattoon’s Big 12 Championship baseball team, of which he was a member. Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with Leitch after his visit to Mattoon, and asked him how his hometown is recovering. That conversation is above.

They also spoke about some lighter sports topics, including Illini football, the arrest of four NCAA men's basketball assistant coaches, and Major League Baseball. You can hear that conversation below.