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Robert L. LaConto
Robert L. LaConto, who taught broadcast journalism at NIU from 1964 until his retirement in 1990, died Thursday, July 30, in DeKalb. He was 91. LaConto won NIU’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award during his final semester on the faculty. Students considered him not only an aspirational teacher and mentor but a friend. “Professor LaConto...
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WNIJ is the recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Media Award, given annually by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Northern Illinois. This annual award recognizes the contributions of a print or broadcast journalism organization whose work provides accurate information about mental illness and reflects a realistic, compassionate view of the difficulties faced...
Brian Williams
A six-month, no-salary suspension for NBC News anchor Brian Williams isn’t enough, says NIU journalism instructor Jason Akst. Williams, Akst says, should lose his job over his recent admission that he “misremembered” being in a helicopter under fire in Iraq. “These inaccuracies (which beg the question of how many more haven’t come to light) are...
Dan Klefsted of WNIJ radio invited me to have a beer with him one afternoon. We met at Twin Taps in DeKalb, and he had a proposal.
Mayor A. George Pradel proclaimed Friday, March 21, as “Dolly McCarthy Day” in Naperville, recognizing the Northern Illinois University alumna’s years of service to the Naperville area and nonprofit organizations. The proclamation reads: “Dolly is a voice for countless not-for-profits. She helps them by consistently giving them a platform to broadcast their message and encourage...
NIU President Doug Baker tapes an interview Friday with Craig Dellimore, political editor of WBBM-AM radio.
NIU President Doug Baker will appear Sunday, Nov. 10, on the WBBM Newsradio (780 AM and 105.9 FM) public affairs program “At Issue” Baker taped an interview Friday with Craig Dellimore, political editor for the all-news radio station in Chicago. “At Issue” airs at 9:30 p.m. Sunday on WBBM-AM. Listeners also can hear the program...
Jorge Rodas
NIU student Jorge Rodas made history Sunday. A journalism major in the Department of Communication, Rodas is the first NIU student to win a Student Production Award from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the organization that produces the annual Emmy® awards. Rodas won his award in the category...
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With production of Talk of the Nation ceased, WNIJ radio is taking the opportunity to refresh its daily lineup and provide more news throughout the day. Here’s what listeners will hear after The Diane Rehm Show (9 to 11 a.m.) each weekday on 89.5 FM or streamed online: Here and Now (11 a.m. to 1...
Susan Stephens
WNIJ’s Sue Stephens has won first place in the nationwide Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) Awards for Best Writing, presented Saturday night in Cleveland. She won the award for her story “Rick’s Picks: Cheap Trick guitarist’s life on display in Rockford,” a feature which aired Aug. 13, 2012, during Morning Edition. The story chronicled...
Jenna Dooley
WNIJ (89.5 FM) reporter/morning show producer Jenna Dooley has been named “Newsfinder of the Year” by Illinois Associated Press. The award winner is chosen by Illinois AP staff and recognizes one reporter for outstanding cooperation with the news service. AP depends on its members to share news of state-wide interest. Dooley joined WNIJ’s news department in...
Susan Stephens
Susan Stephens of the WNIJ News staff has captured three first-place awards in the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association Journalism Excellence Award in the Downstate Radio division. She was named Best Newswriter for the second year in a row. Judges evaluate a sampling of the reporter’s writing in stories that aired in 2012. Stephens’ entries...
Lindsey Diehl
Sycamore native Lindsey Diehl started her college years at another institution. “I just didn’t love it,” she says, reflecting on her time there. “And so, I thought to myself, where do I see myself being? I’d loved (NIU) for such a long time, so it was an obvious choice, and the best decision I ever...
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