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
Emily Hays started at WILL in October 2021 after three-plus years in local newsrooms in Virginia and Connecticut. She has won state awards for her housing coverage at Charlottesville Tomorrow and her education reporting at the New Haven Independent. Emily graduated from Yale University where she majored in History and South Asian Studies.
Emily Hays
Reporter
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
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
Farrah Anderson is a Sophomore studying journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aside from working as an intern with WILL, she is an investigative reporter and editor at The Daily Illini. Farrah started reporting for the Commercial-News and the News-Gazette while in high school in Danville, Illinois.
Farrah Anderson
217 Today Production Intern​
Owen Henderson is a digital news production intern for the Illinois Newsroom. He’s currently a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studies Journalism with minors in Spanish and Theater.
Owen Henderson
Digital Newsroom Intern
Tristen Kissack is a digital production intern for Illinois Newsroom. He’s a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in journalism. He serves as producer/director for the university’s student-run television broadcast Illini Sports Night and site manager for The Champaign Room, an Illinois Athletics blog.
Tristen Kissack
Digital Production Intern