About Illinois newSroom

Powered by Illinois Public Media/WILL, Illinois Newsroom provides news about Illinois & in-depth reporting on Agriculture, Education, the Environment, Health and Politics.

Our team of journalists report on the issues that affect the diverse residents of Illinois with the goals of holding public officials accountable; fostering greater understanding of our state and region; and exploring the many ways people are working together to strengthen their communities.

Through online and in-person conversations and events, Illinois Newsroom invites the audiences we serve into the editorial process, connecting and empowering communities across the state. Have questions? Email us at: Contact@ilnewsroom.org

Dana Cronin comes to WILL from NPR where she was a producer for Weekend Edition. Prior to her role there, she served as a reporter for KQED in San Francisco and KRCC in Colorado Springs. Dana graduated from Colorado College where she majored in Environmental Science and minored in Journalism and Spanish.
Dana Cronin
Agriculture Reporter
Lee Gaines covers Education for the Illinois Newsroom. She started at Illinois Public Media in 2017. Prior to her work at IPM, Lee wrote for newspapers and magazines in Chicago and nationally. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, and the Marshall Project.
Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado.
Reginald Hardwick
News & Public Affairs Director
Christine Herman is a Ph.D. chemist turned audio journalist. Her reporting has received awards from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association and has aired on national programs including All Things Considered and Here & Now. Christine is a mother of three and an aspiring aerial artist.
Christine Herman
Health Reporter
Jim Meadows has been covering local news for WILL Radio/Illinois Newsroom since 2000, with occasional periods as local host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered and a stint hosting WILL's old Focus talk show. He was previously a reporter at public radio station WCBU in Peoria.
Jim Meadows
Senior Reporter
Brian Moline is the Managing Editor of Illinois Newsroom and host of Morning Edition and 217 Today for Illinois Public Media/WILL. He's been with WILL since 2015, after a long stint at WDWS-AM in Champaign where he covered both news and sports for more than a decade.
Brian Moline
Managing Editor
Tinisha Spain has been reporting news in Central Illinois since the 90's, beginning her career at Mary Miller Junior High School in Georgetown, IL reporting the “Panther News.” In March 2021 Tinisha expanded her duties at Illinois Public Media joining the news team as the environmental reporter.
Tinisha Spain
Environmental Reporter