Staff

Jasmine CrightonJasmine Crighton

News Director

Jasmine Crighton, an Emmy award-winning technical director, came to Western Illinois University in the fall of 2012. She brings a strong background in television production and television news producing to the department.

Jasmine earned her Master of Arts in Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she also taught courses in television production. While in grad school, she started her broadcasting career at KVVU FOX5, working in production. It wasn’t long before she received the highest achievement in her field, awarded the Emmy for outstanding technical director for the March 2008 broadcast of Speedway Saturday Night by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Jasmine taught broadcasting at West Liberty University in West Virginia for two years and then moved back into the field, working as the producer of NEWS9 Sunrise, a popular two-hour morning show at WTOV9 in Steubenville, Ohio. In May 2012, WTOV9 became the highest rated NBC TV station in the country for people ages 25-54, making the station number one out of 217 NBC affiliated TV stations in America.

Jasmine’s technical experience, coupled with her producing background, is an asset in the classroom, where she is working one-on-one with student producers, reporters and directors to put together successful newscasts.


 

Jennifer Hollimon

Anchor

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Danny Frey

Sports Director / News Anchor

Danny is a senior broadcasting major. This is his sixth semester with NEWS3.

Danny also is an announcer for several WIU sports and produces the “WIU Coach’s Show.” He’s the co-creator of our newest production, “Local Sports Focus,” which won best sports production last year in the student competition of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Danny anchors on Tuesdays and occasionally on “Good Morning Macomb.”

 

 


Nick Gehricke

News Anchor

Nick is a sophomore Broadcasting major, and this is his second semester in NEWS3. Nick is the Thursday anchor for NEWS3: Live at 4 and covers the local government news beat, so you will often see him at Macomb City Council meetings.

Nick is also the sideline reporter for ESPN 3, covering WIU Leatherneck football. He also hosts “Good Morning Macomb.”

When Nick isn’t in front of the camera, you can find him behind the scenes working on the production.

 

 

 


Terrance Black

News Anchor / Director

Terrance was born in Chicago, Illinois but now resides in South Holland, Illinois, a south Chicago suburb. Terrance is currently a junior studying Broadcasting- Production with a minor in Spanish. He joined NEWS3 in Spring 2016.

On Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings, Terrance can be found on radio co-deejaying on 88.3 “The Dog.” He describes radio as a “new and enjoyable experience.” Terrance also is a director and an anchor for the  “Live at 4” newscast, which are both new to him this semester.

His main career goal is to touch base with every aspect involving the Broadcast industry. This includes news, radio, television, and film. By the end of his college career, Terrance hopes to have successfully anchored, produced, directed, and technical directed for the “Live at 4” newscast. News would likely be where his career begins after graduation. Broadcasting was not his first passion, but with his adaptation, no one could ever tell!

 


Molly Naslund

Weather Anchor

Molly is currently a junior at WIU and majoring in meteorology. Growing up she found her love for weather in middle school when her hometown of Galesburg, Illinois was hit with a major snow storm. After that she focused on weather, which led her to WIU.

She started with NEWS3 in Spring of 2017 and now anchors for the “Live at 4” shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays’s “Good Morning Macomb.” Her main goal is to be able to tell people what to expect when it comes to the weather.

She wants to be a part of that network that keeps people informed and safe when it comes to the weather. This could be at a local station or national or even the Weather Channel.

 

 


Zach Stone

Sports Anchor

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Devin Brooks

Reporter

Devin Brooks is one of a few students that came to NEWS3 his freshman year and began working right away as a reporter/anchor in August 2017.

Devin is from St. Louis, Missouri and has a strong passion for news. Becoming a journalist has been his dream since he was a kid. He’s been inspired by watching the news for many years. Devin strives to be a hard-working, confident journalist that is authentic, accurate, balanced, and objective. He also believes in being compassionate and honest. Devin loves human-interest stories and stories of personal impact. Devin approaches each story with curiosity; wanting to gain experience, learn new things, and tell viewers the story in an understandable fashion that is relatable.

While Devin hopes to work for a local news station one day to eventually become a news anchor, he still believes in calling himself a reporter first.


 Jasmine Yates

Reporter

Jasmine is currently a junior broadcasting major and journalism minor.
She joined NEWS3 in the Fall of 2017 and she covers WIU’s Student Government Association.
She also works with 88.3 (The Dog) as their Street Team Captain. Some of her tasks are helping promote the radio station and having her own air shift on the radio.

 

 

 

 


Emily Kenney

Production Manager / Director & Technical Director / Videographer

Emily is a Junior Production Major at WIU from Farmington, IL.  This is her fifth year with NEWS3, and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Emily has always known she wanted to go into the broadcasting field, and she chose Western because it was close and had an amazing program for her to do so.

Besides doing NEWS3 productions, she also does freelance work for sports games and works on short films.

She is also the President of the WIU chapter of the National Broadcasting Society.

 

 

 


Baylee Brynteson

Radio Producer & Announcer / Production Assistant

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John Benedeck

Radio Producer & Announcer / Production Assistant

John is a Senior Broadcast Production major who grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He transferred to WIU in the fall of 2016 with his sights set on getting involved right away. He assisted with newscasts in any way he could, from floor directing to running audio. He was hired as a production assistant his second semester here, where he ran audio for many newscasts.

When he isn’t running the sound board for the TV newscasts, or producing radio newscasts, he is the public address announcer for WIU athletic events as well as the student audio operator for Athletics.

On the side, he enjoys playing piano and writing music for short films. He has played at several bars and other venues around the Chicagoland area.

 

 


John Ott

Technical Director

John is a sophomore at WIU and even though you won’t see him on camera he is still present at numerous productions. He was heavily involved his freshman year, running audio for “Live at Four,” as well as calling Macomb High volleyball.

You may have even heard him Friday mornings, during his morning talk show on 88.3 The Dog. He also interned at WGEM as a production assistant and was recently promoted to weekend Director.

If there is a WIU sporting event going on, he will most likely be in the production truck where his true passion is, which is sports freelance work. John continues to be involved in the broadcasting world both inside and outside the department at Western and knows if it was not for WIU he would not be the broadcaster he is today.

 

 


Marcellus Angel

Production Assistant

Marcellus Angel is currently a second year Broadcasting major with a Minor in Film. Marcellus was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois.

Before joining the Broadcasting department Marcellus had performed in multiple theater productions in the Quad Cities. Through this he gained a love for public speaking, performing, and writing.
He currently uses his skills developed from the performing arts as a Broadcasting Assistant for Tri-States Audio Information Services doing live readings of newspapers and magazines and producing filler programs. He also works as a General Assignment Reporter for Tri States Public Radio News. On Wednesday nights you can catch Marcellus live on 88.3 “The Dog” During his hour long segment “Mar In Your Car.”
Marcellus hopes to one day produce, direct, and even perform in his own films and television productions.


 

Katlyn Murphy

Graphics Artist

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