People | WGLT

People

  • Host

    Ariele started out hosting jazz and blues programs on WGLT when she was a student at Illinois State University.

    She is currently the host of All Things Considered and Center Stage, a show focusing on the music of...

  • Correspondent

    Breanna Grow is a correspondent for WGLT. She joined the station in September 2018.

    Grow previously worked at AdaptBN and The Pantagraph. She graduated from Illinois State University.

  • Intern

    Camberyn Kelley is a WGLT intern focused on reporting and online writing. She is also a student in Illinois State University's School of Communication.

  • Intern

    Catrina Petersen is an intern at WGLT focused on reporting and online writing. She is also a student in Illinois State University's School of Communication.

  • News Director

    GLT News Director Charlie Schlenker grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated from Augustana College. He has spent more than three decades in radio and has won numerous state and national awards for journalism. He lives in Normal with his...

  • Correspondent

    Colleen has spent most of her adult life working the streets and beats of Bloomington-Normal for WJBC-AM where she won numerous reporting awards for hard news, feature writing, and breaking news coverage.

    Reynolds was twice named the...

  • Reporter

    Dana Vollmer is a reporter with WGLT. Dana previously covered the state Capitol for NPR Illinois and Peoria for WCBU. She earned her master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. She also graduated...

  • Intern

    Darnysha Mitchell is an Illinois State University student and reporting and social media intern at WGLT.

  • Correspondent

    Edith began her career as a reporter with The DeWitt County Observer, a weekly newspaper in Clinton. From 2007 to June 2019, Edith covered crime and legal issues for The Pantagraph, a daily newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois. She previously...

  • Photographer

    Emily Bollinger is a photography intern at WGLT. She is also a student at Illinois State University.

  • Reporter

    Eric Stock is a reporter at GLT.

    Eric worked at WJBC (Radio Bloomington) from 2004-2018 as a reporter, anchor, assignment editor, and sports director. Stock follows in the footsteps of News Director Charlie Schlenker and retired News...

  • Individual Giving Director

    Jennifer is responsible for donor outreach and services for the WGLT annual fund, as well as planned giving and major gifts.

    Jennifer has more than 20 years of experience working in arts administration and grants management at the local,...

  • Reporter

    Joe Deacon is a reporter at WCBU. He started working for WCBU in 2020.

    He previously was a correspondent for WGLT, starting in 2019.

    Earlier in his career, Deacon worked at The Pantagraph in Bloomington.

  • Intern

    John Murray is an intern at WGLT. John is a student at Illinois State University's School of Communication.

  • Broadcast Engineer

    Jon Hall, a native of Bloomington, got a start at 5-6 years of age when he used a Mr. Microphone as a “transmitter.” With the passing of the years, Jon started reading Ham Radio magazine, built radio receiver and transmitter kits, and assembled...

  • Audio Director

    Northern Minnesota native and University of North Dakota grad Jon Norton has adapted well to what he considers the warm climate of Central Illinois. He loves waking up at 3 a.m. to prep WGLT content for Morning Edition, and has trained himself...

  • Correspondent

    Reporter, content producer and former All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going...

  • Editor/Correspondent

    Mark Pickering was in news management at The Pantagraph for most of his 37 1/2 years at the newspaper -- the last 13 as editor. He retired in late May 2019.

    Pickering started at the newspaper as a reporter, and was promoted to various...

  • Markisa Lewis is a part-time worker at WGLT.

  • Development Director

    Melissa Libert leads WGLT’s marketing, public relations, and development efforts.

    Melissa previously served as Public Affairs Project Manager at COUNTRY Financial where she led community relations programming and corporate social...

  • Correspondent

    Michele Steinbacher is a WGLT correspondent. She joined the staff in 2020.

    Steinbacher previously worked as a reporter at The Pantagraph in Bloomington, and taught communication at Heartland Community College.

  • Business Manager

    Nicole Welsh is an Illinois State University graduate, where she received her bachelor's degree in Communication. She got her start in radio during her studies at ISU's student radio station, WZND, and she knew right away that radio is where...

  • Co-Host of WGLT's Grow

    Like ironweed, coneflowers and prairie blazing star, Patrick Murphy is a native of Illinois. In fact, he grew up in the Twin Cities, learning gardening – what to do and what not to do – by watching his mother working in her garden.

    After...

  • General Manager

    R.C. began his broadcast career at WDAN/WDNL in his hometown of Danville, Illinois in 1990 while still a high school student. In 1997 he started at WJBC (replacing Charlie Schlenker, now WGLT's News Director!) where he worked as reporter/anchor...

  • Content Director

    Ryan Denham started his career as a copy editor and later business and city government reporter at The Pantagraph in 2006. He later worked for WJBC radio in Bloomington.

    Ryan joined WGLT full-time in 2017 as Digital Content...

  • Intern

    Samantha Hill is an audio production intern at WGLT. She started in 2020.

  • Correspondent

    Sarah Nardi previously worked for the Chicago Reader covering Arts & Culture. She joined WGLT as a correspondent in 2020.

  • Operations Coordinator

    Travis joined the GLT staff in 2007 as assistant to the general manager after serving five years as a broadcast journalist, radio host, and public affairs specialist for the U.S. Navy.  Promoted to the engineering department in 2009, he is...

  • Correspondent, Retired News Director

    Willis is a Bloomington, IL, native. During his senior year at Bloomington High School, he finished third in the "Radio Speaking" division of the state speech contest, the only year he competed.

    Willis began his radio career in 1975 at a...