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.


 

Marcellus Angel

Executive Producer

Marcellus Angel is currently a third 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.

 


Devin Brooks

News Anchor/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.

 

 


Conor Fredland

Sports Anchor

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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 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 senior 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 Director

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La’India Cooper

Entertainment/Feature Reporter

La’India Cooper is a senior Broadcasting Major from Chicago, IL. As a child, she would stand in front of the tv and watch the news and pretend she was a news reporter. Her dream has always been to become a news anchor and here at western she has already begun to see her dreams come true.

She is very active on campus, and outside of NEWS3 she’s the President of her sorority Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., the Promotions Director for 88.3 The Dog, and Treasurer of the National Association of Black Journalists.

 

 

 


 

Emily Kenney

Production Manager / Director & Technical Director / Videographer

Emily is a senior Production Major from Farmington, IL.  This is her seventh semester 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, Students of Illinois Broadcasting Association, and Broadcasting Production Club.

 

 

 


 

Zach Martin

News Anchor/Reporter

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Jared Streder

Weather Anchor

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Austin Pilger

Production Assistant

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Kyle O’Reilley

Sports/News Videographer

Kyle O’Reilley is currently a junior from Roscoe, Ill. pursuing a B.A. in Sports Broadcasting
with a minor in Journalism.

Kyle has been with NEWS3 for a year working as a sports videographer. He helps as an assistant
for “NEWS3’s: Game of the Week” on Facebook Live.

He worked as a Production Assistant/
Content Creator for the Rockford Rivets baseball club during the summer of 2017. He won “Best
Sports Blog” in the WIU Broadcasting Department for the 2017-18 school year. Kyle also works
with 88.3 “The Dog” since his first semester of freshman year. You can tune in to “The Dog” for
his sports talk radio shows every Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Kyle has a love for both watching and covering sports. His main goals after college are to pursue
a career in news, film, radio, or online blogging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Andrew Ball

Website & Social Media Coordinator

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Rebecca Stambaugh

Production Assistant

Rebecca is a junior broadcasting production major and journalism minor at WIU.

She was formerly a student reporter at Tri States Public Radio in Macomb and is currently working there as a student assistant.

In addition, Rebecca is the secretary of the National Broadcasting Society chapter at WIU, a production assistant for NEWS3, and a DJ on 88.3 The Dog.

 

 

 


 

Evan Williamson

Graphics Artist

Evan Williamson is Senior transfer from Heyworth, IL (15 minutes south of Bloomington-Normal
IL) with a major/minor in Production/Sports Broadcasting.

Evan came to Western Illinois interested in Sports Broadcasting but fell in love with the production side the first week of
school. He spent his first semester doing CGs for the News and volunteering anywhere he
could. Evan started learning how to do Graphics from the previous Graphics Artist the last few
months of the previous semester.

Last semester Evan was the new Graphics Artist (with continued advice from the previous Graphics Artist) he made Over the Shoulder Graphics as well as brought back the Horizontal Plasma Graphics.

Evan continues to do anything he can to help including helping the current CG operators during news, and even helps write some and make packages.

Evan wants to continue learning how to Technical Direct and continue to help anyway he can in the Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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