Catrina Petersen | WGLT

Catrina Petersen


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.

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The coronavirus pandemic has halted or changed so many cultural touchstones Bloomington-Normal residents count on as annual traditions to mark the seasons of their lives. The Sugar Creek Arts Festival, Sweet Corn Circus, WGLT Summer Concert series, and musical events all over the region have all given way to the isolation medical safety requires.

Demolition begins
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The City of Bloomington is making waves this week with the start of demolition at O’Neil Pool, clearing the way for a new aquatics project in its place.

The Creative Technologies Program / WGLT

The gaming industry is becoming so big that Illinois State University’s Creative Technologies major is leveling up when it comes to game design.

people holding candles
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

More than 160 candle flames flickered Saturday in Bloomington in memory of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Nam Y. Huh / AP

“Gladly We Learn and Teach” has long been Illinois State University’s motto, a nod to its roots as a training ground for teachers. This semester, ISU’s education majors are doing a little less teaching and a little more learning, because of the pandemic.

LM Otero / AP

McLean County doctors and public health professionals say the pandemic has made it more important than ever to get a flu shot, and that getting one won’t increase your chances of getting COVID-19 or make it worse if you do.

Shelby Rapp
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

What started out as a normal Saturday morning last month turned scary in Shelby Rapp’s east Bloomington neighborhood. She heard screaming coming from outside as she did laundry.

Tim on his bike
Tim Schill / WGLT

Let’s admit it: Summer 2020 has been awful. (Thanks, COVID-19.) But some in Bloomington-Normal have managed to find bright spots in an otherwise dark summer. These are WGLT’s Best Things Of The Worst Summer.

Bloomington-Normal Human Resource Council / WGLT

The Human Resource department is where employees turn to with a plethora of questions. With COVID-19 surging and the unknown muddying answers, HR professionals have had to adjust.

Crowd at the rally
Catrina Petersen / WGLT

Security guarded the Back The Blue rally entrance Sunday as Black Lives Matter counter protesters hovered nearby.  Inside Park in Bloomington, hundreds of people gathered for what was billed as a simple “thank you” to local law enforcement.

Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The hustle of running late to class, the passion students have for a course, and the persistence of earning a degree—it’s all been moved online.