WNIJ has added a full-time reporter to cover education issues in the northern Illinois area. Peter Medlin joined the station as a part-time reporter in 2018 and has already produced a number of feature reports on topics like teacher shortages, vocational training and student success gaps.
“We are thrilled to welcome Peter to full-time status as WNIJ’s new education beat reporter,” says WNIJ News Director Jenna Dooley. “Since he joined us nearly a year ago, Peter immediately showed initiative, enthusiasm and curiosity in his reporting. He quickly developed expertise in pursuing stories related to legislation and education, focusing primarily on the ‘who’ these complex topics directly affect.”
Medlin is a graduate of North Central College, where he was the news editor of their student-run news magazine and website “NCCLinked.” After graduating, he reported for Naperville Community TV, before returning to radio at WNIJ.
The station is also launching an education podcast recapping highlights from the topics Medlin covers.
“We hope this podcast becomes can’t miss binge listening for parents, educators and decision-makers in northern Illinois and beyond,” says Dooley. The podcast will join an expanding library of features produced by WNIJ, including local music program “Sessions From Studio A,” feature series “Drinkin’ With Lincoln,” educational series “STEM Reads,” and the community-voiced “Perspectives.” A local investigative series, “Curiosity In The Corn,” will launch later this year. Podcasts and Medlin’s current reporting on education in northern Illinois can be found online at WNIJ.org.