Meet the Team

Emily Manley

News Director

Emily Manley, an award-winning journalist, came to Western Illinois University in the fall of 2019. She brings a strong background in television news producing and reporting to the department.

Emily is a 2017 broadcasting graduate from WIU. She is the most award-winning student broadcaster in Western Illinois University history, winning multiple state and national awards, and two student EMMY awards.

She earned her Master of Arts in Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois in Springfield. While in grad school, she interned at WICS Newschannel 20 in Springfield, IL, as a statehouse reporter.

She began her career at KMOV-CBS television station in St. Louis, MO as an assignment desk editor and a producer. Before coming back to WIU, she worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WSIL-ABC in Carterville, IL.

Emily’s reporting and producing experience is an asset in the classroom, where she is working one-on-one with student producers, reporters and directors to put together successful newscasts. She is also the advisor of two student broadcasting organizations on campus.

She said she’s excited to be back in the department that taught her so much and hopes she can do the same for her students.



Marcellus Angel

Executive Producer

Marcellus Angel is a senior from Rock Island, Illinois. Marcellus is seeking his degree in Broadcasting with a minor in Film.

Marcellus has been a member of the NEWS3 team for three years. He started as a production assistant and worked his way to becoming the director and executive producer.

Along with NEWS3, Marcellus is a reporter for Tri States Public Radio, a broadcasting assistant for Tri-States Audio Information Services, an on-campus resident assistant and the Spring 2020 Station Manager for 88.3 The Dog. You can catch Marcellus on 88.3 Fridays at 4pm for his music/talk show, “The Afternoon Snack,” where you can get a taste of what’s happening in the entertainment industry.

Post-graduation, Marcellus plans to use his experience and degree to work on television and film productions for major networks and studios.

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.


MaKenzie Yearby

News Anchor

MaKenzie Yearby is currently a senior from Kansas City, Missouri pursuing a degree in Sports
Broadcasting with a minor in Marketing.

This is her second year anchoring NEWS3. Outside of anchoring for Live at Four and Good Morning Macomb, MaKenzie hosts the pre-game and halftime show for the WIU football team and is a sideline reporter for ESPN3.

Additionally, she is president of the National Association of Black Journalists on campus.

MaKenzie hopes to one day create content, market, or commentate for a NFL team or the National Football League.


Cayson Frerichs

Weather Anchor

Cayson Frerichs is from the town of Geneseo, IL which is located about 20 minutes east of the Quad Cities.

During Cayson’s first two years at WIU, he studied Meteorology before switching his major to Broadcasting and Journalism. Cayson found he enjoying studying weather, and is minoring in Weather & Climate.

Cayson joined the the NEWS3 Team in the Fall of 2019. You can find Cayson on the Friday morning show, “Good Morning Macomb,” as the meteorologist. Besides NEWS3 Cayson has worked for Channel TV 50 in his hometown calling basketball and football games. He also operates cameras for ESPN broadcasts of WIU football, basketball, soccer and volleyball games. 

Cayson also runs track and cross country for Western Illinois University. 

He looks forward to continuing to improve his as a weather anchor and keeping people updated about the weather in the Macomb area.



Michael Dion

Sports Director

Michael Dion is currently a senior from Limestone, Illinois pursuing a degree in Sports Broadcasting with a minor in Political Science.

This is Michael’s third year working for NEWS3. Outside of anchoring sports on Tuesday, Michael does a variety of work with the sports portion for the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism.

He co-hosting three radio shows and announces play-by-play for WIU volleyball and football on the WIUS 88.3 the Dog.

After graduating in December, Michael hopes to get a job in radio.




Karla Foster

Entertainment/Feature Reporter

Karla Foster is a senior Broadcasting major and Studio Art minor from Chicago.

She is minoring in Studio Art with a minor in Studio Art.

Karla joined NEWS3 at the start of the school year. When she is not helping with the NEWS3 productions, you can find her in Garwood Hall working on her water coloring projects.

She enjoys bringing her drawings to life and her creativity helps her entertainment reporting and craft time on Good Morning Macomb.

After graduation, Karla wants to pursue a career in script writing and broadcasting production.




Zac Lueder

Technical Director/Engineer

Zac Lueder is a freshman Sports Broadcasting major from Chicago Heights.

After taking a broadcasting class as a freshman at Homewood Flossmor High School, Zac decided he wanted to pursue a career in the industry.

He was the public relations director for Viking Broadcasting Company at Homewood Flossmoor High School during his junior year, and moved to sports coordinator and director during his senior year.

Currently, Zac works as a Technical Director/Engineer for WIU News 3 and is a Production Assistant at WGEM in Quincy.

Zac hopes to find a job as a Technical Director or Engineer for a major sports network.



Paul Mellema

Technical Director

Paul is in final year at Western Illinois University. He is from Aurora, Illinois and is majoring in Sports Broadcasting.

Paul has worked in a variety of areas in broadcasting, including shooting highlights and game footage, TV and radio sports announcing and various behind the scenes jobs with the student newscast.

He also works for Regional Media in Macomb.

After graduation, Paul hopes to pursue a career in production for local news stations or work in sports radio.




Austin Gillentine

Videographer/Sports Reporter/Production Assistant

Austin is a senior transfer from Yorkville, Illinois majoring in Broadcast Production, and minoring in Sports Broadcasting.

Austin came to WIU in August of 2018 after obtaining his associates degree from Waubonsee Community College.

In 2018, Austin assisted NEWS3 as a production assistant and reporter, learning how to put together a newscast.

In the summer of 2019, he was a video production intern for the Windy City Thunderbolts in Crestwood, Illinois where he shot video replays, as well as editing game recap videos for the Thunderbolts social media pages.

Outside of NEWS3, Austin hosts a morning sports talk radio show, “A and A @ 8,” on WIUS 88.3 The Dog.




Jared Streder

Weather Anchor

Info coming…. stay tuned!








Emily Stieren

Website & Social Media Coordinator

Emily Stieren is a senior broadcasting and journalism student set to graduate in December of 2019.

She is from central Illinois and hopes to work in Springfield or the St. Louis area after graduation.

Besides working for NEWS3, Emily has held various roles in the Broadcasting and Journalism Department. She was the Promotions Director for WIUS 88.3 The Dog before being promoted to StationManager.

Additionally, she worked as a reporter for Tri States Public Radio and currently is a broadcast assistant at Tri States Audio Information Services.

Emily hopes to get a job in writing/marketing/public relations when she graduates.


Rebecca Stambaugh

Production Assistant

Rebecca is a senior broadcasting student from Chapin, Illinois, majoring in broadcast production and minoring in journalism.

She was formerly a student news reporter at Tri States Public Radio in Macomb and a DJ on WIUS 88.3 F.M. The Dog.

Currently, Rebecca is a broadcast production assistant for NEWS3’s Live at Four and Good Morning Macomb shows. She also works as a production assistant for Tri States Public Radio and TSPR Audio Information Services.

During the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters, Stambaugh served as secretary for WIU’s National Broadcasting Society chapter, and is now the chapter president.

After graduation, Rebecca wants to pursue a job in public radio.



Evan Williamson

Graphics Artist

Evan Williamson is a senior transfer from Heyworth, IL (15 min south of Bloomington-Normal IL) with a major in Production and minor in 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 computer generated graphics for the news and volunteering anywhere he could.

In Spring 2018, Evan became the new graphic artist. Evan’s duties include designing over -the-shoulder graphics as well as brought back the plasma graphics.

Evan continues to be the graphic artist adding sports graphics to his repertoire and is willing to do anything he can to help the newscast, by teaching new students and shooting and editing video.

Evan would like to pursue a career in broadcast production.


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