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Who owns local newspapers and TV newsrooms?

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left: Sinclair Broadcasting, upper right: News-Gazette building in Champaign, lower right: WCIA-TV studio in Champaign

There are plenty of choices for you to get national news these days, but coverage of your local community, schools and small businesses is getting harder to find. Today on The 21st, learn about the six companies that own most of the TV stations and newspapers in downstate Illinois and how it affects coverage.


David Folkenflik 

Media Correspondent for NPR News

 Ann Marie Lipinski 

Curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard

Media ownership of stations and newspapers in Illinois (including some stations on the Indiana, Iowa and MIssouri borders)

Community Media Group – owns newspapers in Champaign, Danville, Ford County, Hancock County, Hoopeston, Iroquois County and Piatt County.

Gannett – owns newspapers in Aledo, Chillicothe, Galesburg, Pekin, East Peoria, Freeport, Washington, Pontiac, Macomb, Peoria, Lincoln, Augusta, Abingdon, Morton, Canton, Springfield, Fairbury, Galesburg, Kewanee, Geneseo, and Rockford. 

Gray Television – owns TV stations in Peoria, Quad Cities, Quincy and Rockford.

Lee Enterprises – owns newspapers in Bloomington, Carbondale, Decatur, Mattoon, and Moline.

Nexstar Media Group – owns TV stations in Champaign-Springfield, Chicago, Peoria-Bloomington, Quad Cities, Rockford, St. Louis, and Terre Haute, IN.

Sinclair Broadcast Group – owns TV stations in Bloomington, Champaign-Springfield, Quincy, and St. Louis.


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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

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. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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