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September 2015

Illinois Auditor General is Illinoisan of the Year

Calling on similarities between journalists and his office, Bill Holland said both are "Agents of Sunshine," for the way they seek out the truth and shine a light on it.  Holland accepted the Illinoisan of the Year Award from the INBA Sunday. He has been Illinois Auditor General since 1992 and has earned wide praise for the way he's run his office, acting as a watchdog for the people. Holland has uncovered and exposed numerous problems in state agencies, but has not sought public attention or approval. In fact, he has only held two news conferences in 23 years.

New President, Board Members Elected

A new president and two new board members were elected by those attending the Fall 2015 Convention. Longtime member Laura Trendle Polus was elected president, replacing Sue Stephens, who did not run again after two years in office. All other Executive Officers did run again, and were re-elected by acclamation. Stephens now moves to the Immediate Past President role. Five Board Member terms were up for election, and seven candidates were nominated.

NY Press Club to hear from WDBJ Manager

WDBJ-TV General Manager Jeffrey Marks will be the guest of The New York Press Club this week, to talk about the on-air murders of two of his staffmembers and how he handled that.
"An Evening with Jeffrey Marks" will be Thursday, September 17 in Midtown. Former INBA President Steve Scott is now president of the NY Press Club, and says attendees should expect a poignant discussion on leadership, crisis management and the dangers journalists face in the field. 

Military Commander Makes Keynote Speech

  Colonel Elmer Speights, Jr. told a roomful of broadcasters that there was good reason he didn't become "one of them," even though he earned a degree in Broadcast Communcations in college.  Instead, he became a "one-percenter," and followed his family history of military service. His life has been spent in the U.S. Army, and his latest stop is as Garrison Commander at the Rock Island Arsenal. The Colonel expressed respect for most journalists he's dealt with, and recounted stories of his interactions with Dan Rather and Geraldo Rivera.