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.


 

John Benedeck

Anchor/Radio News Producer/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, anchoring on Thursdays, 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.

 

 


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 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 Director

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Justin Turner

Reporter

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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.

 

 

 


 

Austin Pilger

Production Assistant

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Brandon Dragon

Production Assistant

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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.


 

Felicia Selmon

Production Assistant

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Evan Williamson

Graphics Artist

Evan Williamson is a Junior and transfer student from Heyworth, IL (15 min 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 last semester creating CGs for the newscast 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, and Evan continues to do anything he can to help production, including helping the current CG operators during news. Evan is working to learn how to be a Technical Director on the Tricaster 8000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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