2020 SINBA Award winners announced

Congratulations to all our student journalist award winners this year, and to all those who entered. Please don’t hesitate to re-enter next year. Our 2020 Student Illinois News Broadcasters Association winners were announced during our virtual spring convention on April 10, 2021.

2020 SINBA Award Winners


Outstanding Hard Radio Program

  1. Illinois State University
  2. (no winner)

Outstanding Soft Radio Program

  1. Illinois State University
  2. (no winner)

Outstanding Radio Newscast

  1. Angelina Campanile – Northwestern University
  2. Maritza Navar-Lopez – Illinois State University

Outstanding Radio News Reporting

  1. Farrah Anderson – University of Illinois
  2. Catrina Peterson – Illinois State University

Outstanding Radio Sports Reporting

  1. Maritza Navar-Lopez – Illinois State University
  2. RJ Larson – Western Illinois University

Outstanding Radio Sports Play-by-Play

  1. Joey Dwyer – Illinois State University
  2. Anthony Ferretti – Illinois State University

Outstanding Use of Sound

  1. Annamarie Schutt – Illinois State University
  2. Catrina Peterson


Outstanding Hard Television Program

  1. Northwestern University
  2. Illinois State University

Outstanding Soft Television Program

  1. College of DuPage
  2. Illinois State University

Outstanding Sports Television Program

  1. Western Illinois University
  2. Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Outstanding Television Newscast

  1. Eastern Illinois University
  2. Western Illinois University

Outstanding Television News Reporting

  1. Devin Brooks – Western Illinois University
  2. Oscar Rzodkiewicz – Eastern Illinois University

Outstanding Television Sports Reporting

  1. Devin Brooks – Western Illinois University
  2. Oscar Rzodkiewicz – Eastern Illinois University

Outstanding Television Videography

  1. Ava Wendel – Illinois State University
  2. Carly Bickett – Illinois State University

Bob Roberts

INBA is as much about friendship and as it is about achieving common goals. It provides two things individual newsrooms cannot: in-service training, and the ability to speak out on issues affecting the profession. But most of all, it brings newspeople together.

Andrew Tanielian

INBA taught me how to network in a meaningful way. The scholarship process taught me how to endure a hard job interview and thrive.

Nora Baldner

The support INBA gives to student journalists is vitally important as we all discover how technology is changing news dissemination, INBA monitors and actively encourages truth, transparency and accountability from students and their universities.

Alexis McAdams

INBA played a huge part in preparing me for my broadcasting career. The INBA conventions connect students with on-air talent and news directors who give feedback on now to improve your work. Through relationships I made at those conventions, I was able to obtain my first on air reporting job.

Ryan Denham

“I recently attended my first INBA conference—and it won’t be my last. The combination of professional and student journalists learning together is electric. Everyone learns from each other and walks away with new friends (and LinkedIn connections). I know I did.”

Jeff Bossert

When I was working in radio for the first time, I had no idea whether I could truly handle the demands. But INBA made me curious and want to improve. Even now, when I’ve maybe worked a lot of hours or planned some stories that didn’t come together for one reason or another, what I learn from an INBA conference gets me re-invigorated about the business.

Mike Miletich

Joining the INBA was one of my best life decisions. I met some of the best broadcast journalists while I was still a college student. Plus, I ended up getting a job through the connections I made!

Michelle Eccles McLaughlin

INBA is an organization that really caters to continuing education for professionals. It offers a relatively inexpensive way to learn new things, reinforce best practices and network.

Jennifer Fuller

INBA is not only a great networking tool, it also provides advocacy and support for journalists in an ever-changing world.

Brian O'Keefe

One of the greatest benefits for me has been getting to see and know other parts of the state. I’m not from Illinois and traveling to spring and fall conventions over the years has transformed dots on a map to memories of places that enhance my story telling process.

Aaron Eades

As a student, it's often difficult to picture what working in the real world will be like. For me, the INBA bridged that gap by giving me the chance to talk to professionals who used to be in the same shoes I'm in now.

Molly Jirasek

One of my top goals in my career was to get to Chicago. Thanks to INBA I met Margaret Larkin. She remembered our great conversations about Chicago and first alerted me to a job opening in the city I might be interested in. Lo and behold, I got that job! INBA helped me reach my dream.

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