No stranger to the area or to the radio station, Dooley earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from NIU and has served as weekend host and part-time reporter for WNIJ.
She spent several years working for WUIS Public Radio in Springfield and the Illinois Public Radio network. Dooley also instructs students at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting in Lombard, covering a range of subjects from news writing to web analytics and social networking.
As WNIJ’s Morning Edition producer, Dooley will assist host Dan Klefstad with news writing, audio editing and overall content planning. Following the show, she’ll cover local news stories and provide occasional hosting and anchoring duties.
Dooley says she looks forward to “the challenge of researching and producing news stories for northern Illinois listeners; stories that give the audience a sense of place and community.” As traditional radio stations such as WNIJ step further into digital platforms, Dooley says she will make it priority to ensure that stories heard on-air “are shareable and offer loads of background and context online.”
Morning Edition airs from 5 to 9 a.m. weekdays on WNIJ, 89.5FM, streaming live at www.wnij.org. WNIJ, an NPR News station, is a broadcast service of Northern Illinois University.