Darnysha Mitchell | WGLT

Darnysha Mitchell

Intern

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

Ways to Connect

Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The Bloomington-Normal NAACP and the McLean County chapter of the League of Women Voters are teaming up to encourage the community to vote.

JEFF SMUDDE / WGLT

The McLean County chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense is mourning the shooting death of a 20-year-old man Monday afternoon in west Bloomington.

Exterior of Midwest Food Bank
Eric Stock / WGLT

Thanksgiving will look quite different this year due to the pandemic, and nonprofits across Bloomington-Normal are asking for the community's help for families in need.

Dog owners who often wonder what's going on in the minds of their furry friends can now find some answers.

Illinois Wesleyan Psychology Professor Ellen Furlong has a new audiobook available on Amazon’s online audiobook platform Audible called, "Decoding Dogs: Inside the Canine Mind". Furlong recorded the audiobook at The Great Courses headquarters in Virginia. 

Visit BN

A 4-year-old green jobs law is helping four Bloomington-Normal nonprofit organizations get solar power systems for their buildings.

James Robinson runs
GoRedbirds.com

The NFL season has returned, and on Sunday a former Illinois State Redbird will be taking the field.

Mike Regilio / ISU

Switching to online and hybrid learning continues to be an adjustment for students, staff, and faculty at Illinois State University. To help with the adjustment, ISU's College of Arts and Sciences has recruited students to help individuals navigate the technology world.

Students march on the Quad
Darnysha Mitchell / WGLT

Testimonies, tears, and teamwork highlighted Friday's Illinois State University student-athlete-led march through the university’s Quad.

A long-running effort to make the life of Abraham Lincoln more accessible to the public has reached a new milestone.

Venise Lashon Keys
Venise Lashon Keys

Art is a visual language used to captivate an audience and tell stories. For intersectional artist Venise Lashon Keys, her art illustrates stories that aim to empower, elevate, and educate all feminine identifying individuals and the Black community.

Illinois State University faculty and staff asked public health experts their lingering COVID-19 questions during a live webinar Friday on the eve of the fall semester.

Joel Johnson is a Normal resident, New Orleans native, an object-oriented developer and owner of Silky Soul Entertainment. He's lived in Bloomington-Normal for decades, is a married father of two daughters and loves his family, faith, and exploring entrepreneurial ambitions.

Elisha Coffrin is an Eastern Illinois University graduate and owner of Coffrin's ATA Martial Arts in Bloomington-Normal along with her husband, Corey.

Lissette Hall grew up in both Chicago and Bloomington-Normal and is a graduate of Parkside Junior High, Normal West high school, and Heartland Community College. She studied at Columbia University, UIC, and ISU before becoming the first person to earn a bachelor's in comedy writing and performance with a minor in arts in healthcare at Columbia College Chicago.

Leon Jones
Willie Thomas

Leon Jones is a Bloomington High School graduate and a Bloomington native.

He spoke with Darnysha Mitchell for the WGLT series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

Brandon Thornton
Lyndsie Schlink

Brandon Thornton is a teacher at Bloomington High School and is a graduate student (B.S. '11, M.S. '16, Ed.D '22) at Illinois State University.

He spoke with Darnysha Mitchell for the WGLT series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

Janine Peacher is a professor at Lincoln College. This year, she became the first tenured Black professor at the college.

She spoke with Darnysha Mitchell for the WGLT series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

Bloomington native Dashea Crockett is a leader at Illinois State University's Impact Ministry, a Grayslake North High School graduate, and community activist with the Next Gen Initiative group. John Findley, Dashea's grandfather, has called Bloomington home after living on a farm with his family in Tupelo, Mississippi, and coming north during the Great Migration. 

They spoke with student reporter Darnysha Mitchell for WGLT's series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

People holding signs
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal Youth Activists along with 50 community members took to the streets in Downs on Wednesday to peacefully protest racism and police brutality.

Ryan Denham

Bloomington-Normal’s Not In Our School group engaged in a peaceful march Thursday evening to honor Black LGBTQ+ victims of police brutality in Maxwell Park. 

Panel discussions, chants for change, and a peaceful march Wednesday evening by the Next Gen Initiative all pointed to the new group's effort to improve community engagement.

Person walking with cane
Bernie Goldbach / Creative Commons/Flickr

The pandemic has forced many changes and limits on Americans. It has created a “new normal” for many people. But some people who already had restrictions face even greater limits from the pandemic.

Justin speaks
Darnysha Mitchell / WGLT

A peaceful demonstration led in part by high school students was interrupted Wednesday when an agitator deployed what authorities called a harmless “smoke device,” in at least the second attempt to intimidate protestors in the past four days.

Students standing in front of Ames Library
Illinois Wesleyan University

Central Illinois colleges and universities have no surety in how the next academic year will develop. The pandemic has forced them to plan for a wider range of contingencies than usual, everything from a "regular" school year with in-person classes, to socially distanced courses, to all online.

Visit BN

While Earth Day will be spent at home this year, the Ecology Action Center (EAC) is helping families celebrate the event's 50th anniversary.

Like most colleges and universities in the country, Illinois Wesleyan University is reimbursing a portion of student room and board fees because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

woman getting hair styled
Moda Salon & Spa

Hair salons and spas in Bloomington-Normal are struggling with financial hurdles and layoffs after closing due to the pandemic.

Softball team celebrates
ISU Athletics

With Illinois State University essentially closing its campus due to COVID-19, it has meant canceling spring sports competition for the rest of the semester. 

Exterior of a funeral home
Beck Memorial Home

Funeral homes are facing a new reality of mourning in trying to follow social-distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

As Illinois State University wrapped up its first week of online classes, ISU Chief Technology Officer Charley Edamala said the transition from face-to-face education to online instruction amid the pandemic so far has been smooth.

Pages