March 31, 2023

The INBA announces its inaugural Crystal Mic Award winners

The INBA is excited to announce its inaugural winners of The Crystal Mic Awards. The winners will be formally recognized with their Crystal Mic trophies on Saturday, Sept. 25th, at our fall convention in Rockford. Registration for the event is still OPEN.

CLICK HERE to register. You have the option of attending the whole weekend, or just Saturday.

Small Market Radio

Best Station1st PlaceWCBU-FM, Peoria
2nd PlaceWILL-AM, Urbana
Best Newscast1st PlaceWGLT-FM, Normal
2nd PlaceWILL-AM, Urbana
Best Reporter1st PlaceHannah Meisel, WUIS-FM, Springfield
2nd PlaceRich Egger, WIUM-FM, Macomb
Best Digital Presence1st PlaceWCBU-FM, Peoria
2nd PlaceWNIJ-FM, DeKalb

Large Market Radio

Best Station1st PlaceWBBM-AM, Chicago
2nd PlaceWBEZ-FM, Chicago
Best Newscast1st PlaceWBBM-AM, Chicago
No 2nd Place Award this year
Best Reporter1st PlaceLisa Fielding, WBBM-AM, Chicago
2nd PlaceKristen Schorsch, WBEZ-FM, Chicago

Small Market Television

Best Station1st PlaceWREX-TV, Rockford
2nd PlaceWGEM-TV, Quincy
Paul Davis Award for Best Newscast1st PlaceHeart of Illinois ABC, Peoria
2nd PlaceWMBD-TV, Peoria
Best Reporter1st PlaceKristin Crowley, WREX-TV, Rockford
2nd PlaceDeron Molen, WAND-TV, Decatur
Best Weather Operation1st PlaceWMBD-TV, Peoria
2nd PlaceWQAD-TV, Moline
Best Digital Presence 1st PlaceWMBD-TV, Peoria
2nd PlaceWREX-TV, Rockford

Large Market Television

Best Station1st PlaceWLS-TV, Chicago
2nd PlaceKSDK-TV, St. Louis
Paul Davis Award for Best Newscast1st PlaceWLS-TV, Chicago
2nd PlaceKSDK-TV, St. Louis
Best Reporter1st PlaceJesse Kirsch, WLS-TV, Chicago
2nd PlaceDiane Pathieu, WLS-TV, Chicago
Best Weather Operation1st PlaceWLS-TV, Chicago
No 2nd Place Award this year
Best Digital Presence1st PlaceWLS-TV, Chicago
2nd PlaceKSDK-TV, St. Louis

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!

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Fuller

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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