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.
Executive Producer/ Anchor / Reporter
Emily is a senior studying Broadcasting with a double minor in Marketing and Business. She was born and raised in Highland, Illinois, a town 25 miles east of St Louis, MO. She has been with the NEWS3 team since her sophomore year. Her primary beat is covering weekly city council meetings in Macomb. On Tuesdays, you’ll see Emily as a news anchor.
Emily also is also the Executive Producer for NEWS3: Live at Four, working with News Director Jasmine Crighton.
This past summer Emily interned at KMOV Channel 4 in St Louis. Her goal is to be back at that station working as a reporter or producer in the future. Emily also serves as the Promotions Director for WIUS 88.3 The Dog, the student-run radio station.
Emily also spends her time at Tri States Public Radio as a student reporter, working with News Director Rich Egger.
Emily says she loves the Macomb community and the relationship she has made over the past four years. If you had to ask Emily to explain her life in one word, it would be “blessed.”
Danny is a junior broadcasting major. This is his fourth semester with NEWS3.
Danny also is an announcer for several WIU sports and produces the “Pigskin Preview” show, which now airs on KHQA. He also co-anchors our newest production, “Local Sports Focus,” which airs live Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
Danny anchors on Thursdays and occasionally on “Good Morning Macomb.”
Breanna is a senior broadcasting major and creative writing minor from East Moline, IL. She is currently the NEWS3 anchor for Thursday’s newscast, “Live at Four.”
In her time at Western Illinois University, Breanna is an on-air DJ for 88.3 The Dog and is the Vice President for the National Broadcasting Society.
She hopes to work for a big market, such as FOX News or CNN, as an anchor. Breanna intends to have her own show one day and to be a renowned author.
Executive Producer/News Anchor/Reporter
Megan Sanchez is currently a senior at WIU studying Broadcasting and Spanish. She was born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa where she graduated from Bettendorf High School in 2013. She works for NEWS3 as an anchor and reporter. Megan has interned three times for WQAD News8 in Moline, IL. She also worked as a videographer at a summer camp in Arkansas in 2015.
Megan has wanted to be a news reporter and anchor since she was just five years old, and strives to keep it small. She loves local news, and hopes to work as an anchor or reporter in a wholesome community similar to the Quad Cities someday.
Devin Biggs is a senior meteorology major and broadcasting minor from Lincoln, Illinois and is the weather anchor for Tuesday newscasts.
On Wednesdays and other days when needed, Devin can be heard on Tri States Public Radio live at 4:00 PM as he presents a weather forecast for the Tri-States region. That can be heard on 91.3 FM in Macomb or via other stations and a live stream; all listed at tspr.org.
Devin also enjoys taking wonderful weather pictures too. Some of his pictures have even been posted on NEWS3 and in local media outlets back in his hometown.
Devin will graduate from WIU in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology with a Minor in Broadcasting. He hopes to be an on air meteorologist after graduation.
J.T. Grider is a sophomore meteorology major from Maroa, Illinois, and is in his first year with NEWS3.
He graduated from Maroa-Forsyth High School in 2015. J.T. has wanted to be a meteorologist since he was 10 and job shadowed at WAND-TV where he fell in love with the profession of being a weatherman. J.T. will graduate from WIU in the Spring of 2019 with hopes to be an on-air meteorologist after graduation.
Jason Chauvin is currently a senior broadcasting major at WIU. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Illinois where he graduated from Maine West High School in 2013. He is currently the sports anchor for Thursday’s newscast “Live at Four.”
In his time at WIU, Jason has worked as the Assistant Director of Video Operations for the WIU football team and is currently the Program Director for 88.3 The Dog.
Jason will graduate in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcasting. He hopes to be an on air sports reporter after he graduates.
Matt Hutchison is currently a sophomore sports broadcasting major at WIU, and this is his first semester with NEWS3. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the sports anchor for Tuesday’s newscast, “Live at Four”
In his time at Western, Matt has broadcast Macomb High School baseball, boy’s soccer, and girl’s basketball. Currently, he is the play-by-play announcer for WIU men’s soccer. Outside of broadcasting Matt is involved in Chess Club, Student Government, College Republicans, and is the current Vice President of Sigma Chi.
Matt will graduate in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcasting. He hopes to work for Major League Baseball after he graduates.
Cora is a junior Broadcasting Production major, with a minor in Digital Media.
She is a director for “Live at 4,” “Good Morning Macomb,” and “Local Sports Focus.”
Cora enjoys many other aspects of broadcasting production. She likes technical directing, recording and editing video, photography, and graphics.
She tries to learn a little of everything and has taken on many roles in news, such as reporting, writing, and being an anchor. Cora hopes to build her career in broadcast production.
Kayla Collins is a senior majoring in broadcasting and minoring in Journalism. She is from Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in 2013.
In her sophomore year she changed her major to broadcasting since she started volunteering in production for NEWS3.
“Ever since I volunteered for NEWS3, I knew that I was interested in
She is involved in the radio for both NEWS3 as a producer and announcer and 88.3 the dog as a disc jockey. She is also a reporter for Tri States Public Radio.
In the future she wants to be either in front of the camera as a anchor and reporter or behind the camera as a producer. She hopes to work for ABC7 News in Chicago.
Ryan is a senior who is double majoring in philosophy and broadcasting.
This is his third semester with NEWS3. As one of the videographers at NEWS3, Ryan acquires and edits videos for the team.
Ryan is also an aspiring comedy writer who works on creating comedy projects in his spare time. Ryan will graduate from WIU in the Fall of 2016.
Terrance was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois but now resides in South Holland, Illinois, a south Chicago suburb. Terrance is currently a sophomore studying Broadcasting in a production emphasis, with a double minor in Film and Spanish. He joined NEWS3 in spring 2016 and works as a Production Assistant for “Live at 4”.
Emily Claus is from the Quad Cities area. She’s a senior broadcasting major with a minor in journalism. She loves photography, videography and graphic design.
During her time at Western, she has been working as a broadcast assistant at Tri-States Audio Information Service and an on-air DJ for 88.3 The Dog. She also served as Secretary for the National Broadcasting Society, has been videographer for NEWS3 covering Pet of the Week, and is now the graphic designer for NEWS3.
She has always had a passion for creating videos and taking pictures. After she graduates, she plans to move out of the Midwest and pursue a career working at a video production house.