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July 2014

WILL Reporter Leaves for Georgia Job

INBA Member Sean Powers will be leaving Illinois after this weekend, heading to Atlanta, for a job with Georgia Public Broadcasting. He says he’ll be a news and talk show producer.
Powers has been a reporter and digital editor at WILL radio in Champaign for the last 4 years, helping the station to win several state and national awards.  He’s also helped with INBA conventions in Champaign and has been the website committee chair.

Merwin Led the Way for Women in INBA

  July 29 would have been the 90th birthday of INBA’s first female member of the Board of Directors.

Well-Known NPR Reporter Dies

Journalist Margot Adler died Monday, July 28, at her home in New York City, according to NPR, where she had been on the air for more than 30 years. The 68-year-old had been fighting cancer. She started as a general assignment reporter at NPR in 1979, and most recently, she reported for NPR's Arts Desk.  She recently released Out for Blood, a book about society's fascination with vampires.  She also authored Drawing Down the Moon and a memoir, Heretic's Heart.


First INBA President To Be Honored in New York

William J. Small will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award this fall at the 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.  
Small was President of the INBA Board of Directors from 1955-56, when he was News Director at WLS-AM Chicago.

New Roles for Some in INBA Leadership

INBA Recording Secretary Jasmine Crighton

  Two INBA members resigned their positions today, as part of the Summer 2014 Board Meeting.  Jenna Dooley will no longer be Recording Secretary, which involves taking minutes at meetings and producing the monthly TuneIn newsletter.  Dooley is taking on new teaching responsibilities at Northern Illinois University, along with her duties at WNIJ radio, and said she will no longer be able to give the INBA position 100 percent.  At the board meeting, Jasmine Crighton (pictured above)  was nominated and elected as the new Recording Secretary.  Crighton teaches TV journalism and production at We

New News Director at Chicago's WGN-TV

The interim news director at WGN-TV Channel 9 has been named the official news director.  Jennifer Lyons succeeds Greg Caputo, who retired last week. Robert Feder reports that Lyons had served as assistant news director under Caputo since 2008 and was executive producer of the station’s morning and midday newscasts before that.  She has been at WGN for 20 years, and has also worked at WHO-TV, Des Moines and KWQC-TV in the Quad Cities.

Keiper Returns to WLS Radio

Chicago radio news anchor and reporter Jennifer Keiper is going back to WLS-AM 890.  Robert Feder reports that she’ll anchor news for Roe Conn and Richard Roeper’s afternoon show, beginning July 28.