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January 2016

INBA Offers $1500 Scholarships

Students who are interested in and demonstrate potential in broadcast news are encouraged to apply for up to four $1500 scholarships offered through the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

The scholarship or internship awards will be based upon the applications and personal interviews with students who are enrolled full-time in post-secondary programs.  Interest and demonstrated potential in broadcast news is important, as is financial need and academic performance

INBA Board Member Promoted at WCIA-TV

After just about a year on the air as a Multi-media Journalist, Aaron Eades has now been promoted to Weekend Anchor at WCIA-TV in Champaign.  He will share the anchor desk with Jessica Kunz. Eades is a graduate of Illinois State University in Normal, where he reported, produced and anchored for TV-10 News.

DEADLINE TODAY: SINBA Awards Competition

The 2015 SINBA Awards are open to students attending Illinois colleges and universities.  They do not have to be INBA Student members of members of a SINBA chapter, but those who are will pay a lower entry fee.  Finalists will be announced in early April and winners will be announced during the Spring INBA Convention in Springfield on Saturday, April 23.

Charles Osgood Presentation

The New York Press Club recently hosted CBS Sunday Morning host Charles Osgood for a night of story-telling.  Osgood shared many of his experiences as a long-time CBS correspondent, on both radio and television.
The event was moderated by Press Club President Steve Scott of WCBS radio, a former INBA President. He shared this link:


Former INBAers Cover Big Storm

Several of the radio and TV broadcasters covering the East Coast snowstorm have Illinois roots or once worked on Illinois airwaves.  Stephanie Pawlowski (pictured) is a newswriter for CBS Radio in New York; before that she was at WJBC radio in Bloomington and was an INBA Board Member.  Kristi O'Connor is a reporter and anchor at WCYB-TV in Bristol, Virginia.

FOI Fight in Danville

A recent situation in Danville is bringing Open Records to the forefront.  WCIA-TV reporter Aaron Eades covered the issue:

INBA's FOIA/OMA Chairman Bob Roberts weighs in:

"A housing task force whose members include city employees, which meets in a city building and which tackles public policy questions dealing with housing sure sounds like a public body.

Chicago Journalist Murdered in Belize

From a report posted on
One of our ABC7 Chicago colleagues was found murdered Friday while traveling in Belize, according to police in the Central American nation and the U.S. State Department.

Radio Newsman Retires

 Coming from a family that sold TVs and radios, it's not really a surprise that Bill Wheelhouse chose a career in broadcasting.  Or maybe it chose him.  At just 16, Wheelhouse started working on the air at WRMS radio in Beardstown, about 10 minutes from his home in Rushville.  He continued on the air at Western Illinois University, and immediately went to work after graduation, at stations in Springfield and Macomb. He started early enough, that he's now found himself able to retire early - a few months shy of his 53rd birthday, and with kids still in school. 

INBA Sets Theme for Spring Convention

  Illinois journalists will learn more about how to "Follow the Money" at the Spring INBA Convention this year.  The convention will be held April 22-24 in Springfield, at the newly-renamed Wyndham Hotel (formerly the Hilton, formerly Forum 30).

Agenda for Winter Board Meeting: January 16, 2016

The INBA Board of Directors will meet at 11am on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Illinois State University in Normal. The board will use Room 140 inside Fell Hall, the building that houses the School of Communication, TV-10 and WZND radio.  If you have any items to bring before the board, please contact Laura Trendle Polus at or (309) 532-1024.  The meeting is open to everyone.  The agenda is attached.