PEORIA (INBA) – Peoria’s 25 News Assistant News Director, Leon Hendricks, was promoted to News Director of WEEK-TV this week.
WEEK-TV houses two separate local affiliates: 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC. Hendricks will manage both news teams under one roof.
Hendricks is a Chicago native, but has lived in central Illinois for more than 20 years. Throughout that time, he’s worked as a news photographer, promotion producer, newscast producer, assignment manager, and assistant news director.
In a statement to the INBA, Hendricks said, “It’s an honor to lead a newsroom I grew up in. I have been a part of serving our viewers fair and unbiased news coverage for more than 20 years and plan to continue as long as I can.”
Hendricks is a graduate of Illinois State University, where he was heavily involved in TV-10. He’s also worked in communications for Caterpillar, as well as news operations in Rockford and the Quad Cities.
In a news release form WEEK-TV the station said Hendricks has been part of earning several Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Domes, Illinois Associated Press Awards, a News Emmy and Regional Edward R Murrow honors.
WEEK-TV has been owned and operated by Quincy Media for about the past five years. At the start of 2021, it was announced that Gray Television would purchase the station.