Officially, my title is WVIK News Editor which really just means I wear many hats, doing everything there is to do in the newsroom and around the radio station. I'm a multimedia journalist and serve as Assignment Editor, reporter, radio news producer, copy editor, announcer, and news anchor/host. I also take photos, shoot videos, and write and produce content for WVIK.org and social media.
In the 2016 Illinois AP Broadcast Journalism Excellence Awards (small market radio division), I brought home 2nd place in the Best Series or Documentary category for several stories I reported about The Connection between Oral Care and Health Care. In addition, WVIK News placed second in Best Digital Presence in the 2016 Illinois AP contest.
I also helped the WVIK Newsroom win First Place awards for Overall Excellence, and Farm and Agribusiness in the 2016 Iowa Broadcast News Association contest, (large market radio division).
Whenever I find a widget that might be useful to our listeners, I like to try it out here. So, for the 2018 governor's race, here's "The Money Game" widget from ProPublica Illinois.
When not working, I read, walk the dog, crochet, play drums and sing backup at church, plus go to lots of my nephew's baseball games.
Since adopting Kensy, I've learned all about how to deal with a hound who counter-surfs and devours whatever happens to be there. She is now 16 years old and doing well, sleeping a lot and keeping me on a strict treat and meal schedule (hers, not mine).