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Hahn Takes New Position; INBA Board to Appoint New President

INBA President Melissa Hahn has left Illinois Radio Network to take a position in state government.  She's the new press secretary of Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford.  As she's no longer eligible to serve as an officer on the INBA Board, Melissa tendered her resignation to INBA Vice President Jennifer Fuller this week.

In an e-mail to board members, Hahn expressed her best wishes to INBA.  "It is with a heavy heart that I leave not only the news business," she wrote, " but INBA as well."

Hahn's been an integral part of INBA's leadership over the years.  In addition to her year-and-a-half as President, she's served as both Vice President and a convention co-chair.  On the professional front, she's worked as Springfield Bureau Chief for IRN, as an instructor for UIS' Public Affairs Reporting Program, and as the statehouse reporter  for WICS-TV in Springfield. 

In accordance with INBA's By-laws, Fuller, a reporter and anchor at WSIU-FM in Carbondale, temporarily assumes the duties of President.  Hahn is assisting her in preparation for the Board of Directors' January 22nd meeting.

The INBA Board will confirm a new President by majority vote at that meeting.  The new President will fill the remainder of Hahn's term, which expires in the fall.


Jim.Gee's picture


Rick.Koshko's picture

I'll miss hearing her reports on the IRN affiliate in my area.

Rick Koshko
WCMY News Director

Steve.Scott's picture

Thank you to Melissa Hahn for her tireless work as INBA president. I am sorry to see her leave broadcast journalism - and leave INBA - but I am respectful that she has made a decision that she feels is best for her and her family. And, I congratulate her for that!

INBA is fortunate to have an outstanding Vice President in Jennifer Fuller. Through her many years guiding INBA's finances as Treasurer, she has a keen understanding of what it takes to make the organization work.

Best of luck to Jenn, and thanks again to Melissa for her service.

Steve Scott
INBA Past President

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