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August 2014

St. Louis Newsroom Buys Gas Masks

  KMOV-TV News Director Brian Thouvenot is getting a lot of media attention today, for his decision to buy 10 gas masks for his news staff.  Photographers and reporters have been covering the situation in Ferguson, Missouri non-stop since August 9, when 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.  Protests have happened for the last several nights, with a large police and military presence.  There have been numerous arrests and several injuries.  

American Journalist Beheaded in Iraq

From jsonline.com

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (jsonline.com):

NBC Announces New "Meet the Press" Host

From Huffington Post:

Chuck Todd has been named as the next host of "Meet The Press," NBC News confirmed Thursday.

Todd is replacing David Gregory, who is leaving both the show and NBC News as a whole after 20 years with the network.

Covering News Around St. Louis

Credit: Rachel Lippman, KWMU

   Many journalists are working to cover the constantly evolving developments in Ferguson, Missouri and all over St. Louis County.  A Ferguson police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, and that has sparked looting and riots, but also protests, debates, discussions, benefit concerts, art shows and more.

New in the Newsroom at WEEK/WHOI-TV

    Four new staffers are reporting news and weather at the two stations that broadcast out of the same facility in East Peoria.
    Cassandra Hager is producing and anchoring the weekend newscasts.  She’s a Wisconsin native who previously worked at stations in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Grand Island, Nebraska.   
    Maddie Heidenreich is doing weekend weather.  She studied at Missouri and worked on-air at KOMU-TV in Columbia.  The Freeburg, Illinois native is also pursuing a meteorology degree from Mississippi State University.

Long-time NPR Reporter Dies

Journalist Margot Adler died Monday, July 28, at her home in New York City, according to NPR, where she had

New ND at Quincy's KHQA-TV

   A West-Central Illinois native is returning to her roots: Kristen Hamilton grew up watching news in the Quincy market, and now she’s the new News Director of KHQA-TV in Quincy.  Hamilton has been Content Manager at FOX59 in Indianapolis for the last 3 and a half years, and was Assistant News Director at WMBD-TV in Peoria before that.  She’s a University of Illinois graduate.

August tuneIN Available Now

The new edition of INBA's newsletter, tuneIN, is in members' e-mail inboxes now.  Features include an article about the amazing career of INBA's first president, Bill Small, interesting insight about how journalists have covered riots and unrest during turbulent times, and an update on organizational changes from INBA President Sue Stephens.  This is the first tuneIN produced by INBA's new Recording Secretary, Jasmine Crighton of WIU. 

Cameras and Mics Show Peoria Verdict

Local media in Peoria covered their second major trial this summer; it ended Monday with a conviction. 
Here are links to the stories filed by both Peoria-area TV stations:
WMBD: http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/story/d/story/jury-finds-aunterrio-b...

WEEK: http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/Barney-Trial-comes-to-an-end-2699183...

New ND at Quincy's KHQA-TV

   A West-Central Illinois native is returning to her roots: Kristen Hamilton grew up watching news in the Quincy market, and now she’s the new News Director of KHQA-TV in Quincy.  Hamilton has been Content Manager at FOX59 in Indianapolis for the last 3 and a half years, and was Assistant News Director at WMBD-TV in Peoria before that.  She’s a University of Illinois graduate.
   Hamilton replaces INBA member Nora Baldner, who will now be teaching broadcasting at Quincy University.