People

  • Business Associate

    Abigail Mogge is a business associate at Northern Public Radio and the first voice you will hear when calling our DeKalb office.  She works with the Membership and Development departments to process and track revenue and donor information.  A...

  • Community Engagement Associate

    Alex McConachie is a community engagement associate at Northern Public Radio. He has worked at the station in several different capacities in the Business and Development departments and is now assisting with the station's outreach and...

  • Corporate Support Representative

    Corporate Support Representative Bill Braksick is a newcomer to Northern Public Radio, but a longtime listener. He discovered NPR in his early 20s, and is thrilled to be associated with public radio three decades later, drumming up underwriting...

  • Host/Producer - Sessions from Studio A, Multimedia Specialist

    Carl was born and raised in the WNIJ listening area, and has been listening to the station since he was a kid in the backseat of his dad’s Jeep.  For nearly a decade and a half, Carl has been leading a double-life, working in broadcasting, and...

  • Reporter

    Chase started in radio while earning his Master's in diplomacy and international commerce at the University of Kentucky.  He was bitten by the radio bug while volunteering at Radio Eye (a local equivalent to

  • Morning Edition Producer

    Connie Kuntz comes to WNIJ by way of Rockford Writers’ Guild where she has been an editor and book reviewer since 2011.  She has a Bachelor’s in theatre from Cornell College and specializes in playwriting.  She most recently wrote a batch of...

  • Morning Edition Host & Book Series Editor

    Good morning, Early Riser! Since 1997 I've been waking WNIJ listeners with the latest news, weather and other information, with the goal of seamlessly weaving this content into NPR's Morning Edition.

    What do I do after the show ends at 9...

  • Director of Finance & Administration

    Donna Reid, Director of Finance & Administration for Northern Public Radio, is responsible for the day-to-day business and administrative management of the stations.  There is no shortage of paperwork or people flowing in and out of her...

  • Doug coordinates the Northern Illinois Radio Information Service (NIRIS) activities at our DeKalb studios.  If you've ever been a NIRIS volunteer in DeKalb, you've worked with Doug.  When he's not buried beneath stacks of newspapers in the...

  • Production Director

    Eric Hradecky is Northern Public Radio’s Production Director.  Eric also works closely with our operations department, which is a fancy way of saying he coordinates the daily logs and automation functions of WNIJ and WNIU.  He fell in love with...

  • Reporter

    Guy Stephens produces news stories for the station, and coordinates our online events calendar, PSAs and Arts Calendar announcements.  In each of these ways, Guy helps keep our listening community informed about what's going on, whether on a...

  • Corporate Support Representative

    Janet Fischer is a Corporate Support representative (another way of saying "sales rep").  She develops partnerships with local businesses, connecting them to the public radio audience through short, tasteful announcements in an uncluttered...

  • Chief Engineer
  • Reporter, News Production Supervisor

    Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in...

  • Director of Online Services

    John Hill joined WNIJ in 1991 as jazz music director following 15 years in commercial radio. Early exposure in high school to computer programming,  much later training in Internet technology at IIT and a somewhat promiscuous embrace of...

  • NIRIS Director and WNIJ Correspondent

    Philip Masterton (“Phil”, nobody calls me Philip) was born just outside Dublin, Ireland and emigrated with his family as a lad. Growing up in Chicago’s northern suburbs he eventually graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a degree in...

  • General Manager

    Staci Hoste joined the stations in 2008 and is responsible for the stations' general operations and overall strategy.  She’s been a lifelong listener to WNIJ and WNIU -- first as a “prisoner of public radio” in her parents' backseat, and now of...

  • Reporter, All Things Considered Host

    Susan’s parents should have known she’d end up in radio: her favorite toys were tape recorders, cameras, notepads, and books. Many years later, she’s an award-winning reporter at her favorite radio station. Formerly WNIJ’s News Director, she...

  • Managing Editor

    Victor Yehling is Managing Editor for WNIJ News.  He coordinates the WNIJ news team, assigns stories, offers suggestions, develops project ideas, and generally harasses our outstanding news employees.  He's a relative newcomer, joining WNIJ in...