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ABC News' Cheri Preston at Fall Convention

You can hear her every morning on ABC Radio News at the top of the hour, and on Saturday night, the INBA Fall Convention listened carefully to Cheri Preston.  She encouraged the crowd of journalists, saying "Your work matters."  She recounted experiences she has had, covering the Iraq War, Superstorm Sandy, the Newtown shootings and more.  She also charted her path, from her days as a music major at Quincy University to finding the student radio station when she transferred to SIU-C.  A former professor, Ken Keller, and several former classmates were in the crowd. Before her speech, Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore presented her the key to the city.