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

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
Luis Velazquez-Perez is the Latino Community Reporter at Illinois Public Media. He is focusing on the growing Latino population in Central Illinois and events that involve the community. Luis recently earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at school, he was an assistant editor for The Daily Illini and a reporter for his hometown newspaper, Cicero Independiente.
Luis Velazquez
Latino Community Reporter