People

  • 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...

  • 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

    Claire earned a B.A. and M.A. in communication from Northern Illinois University. She joined WNIJ in 2018 as All Things Considered producer. That shift didn't start early enough, though, so now Claire comes in before the sun to produce Morning...

  • History Correspondent, Host of "Drinkin' with Lincoln" and "The Northern Almanac"

    Clint Cargile has worked as an English instructor, freelance writer, magazine editor, academic conference coordinator, landscaper, dish washer, car washer, dog washer, and veterinary assistant. He has a BA in English from the University of...

  • "The State of the Artist" Host & Digital Web Editor

    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 of Arts degree in theatre from Cornell College and specializes in playwriting.  She most recently wrote...

  • Morning Edition Host & statewide newscaster

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

    Since January, 2018, I've been...

  • 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...

  • News Director

    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...

  • Social Justice Reporter

    Juanpablo covers substandard housing and police-community relations for WNIJ Radio in Illinois. He’s been a bilingual facilitator at the StoryCorps office in Chicago. As a civic reporting fellow at City Bureau, a non-profit news organization...

  • Education Reporter

    Peter is an education reporter for the station. He is a graduate of North Central College where he was the news editor of their student-run news magazine and website “NCCLinked,” as well as a host for their pure rock radio station...

  • NIRIS Director and Perspectives Producer

    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...

  • Multimedia Producer, Host of Sessions From Studio A

    Spencer's creativity shows up in a variety of spaces on-air and online for WNIJ. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Communications and Digital Media Production. Spencer's interest in multimedia comes from a mix of...

  • 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...

  • Arts and Culture Reporter

    Yvonne covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions in the COVID-19 era. This could include how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions...