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Lyndsay Jones


Lyndsay Jones is a reporter at WGLT. She joined the station in 2021. You can reach her at

Before joining public radio, Lyndsay previously worked at The Pantagraph in Bloomington as well as WCIA-TV and the News-Gazette (both in Champaign-Urbana).

While at WCIA, Lyndsay was part of an Emmy-winning team of two, and her reporting at the News-Gazette won multiple awards, including first place in education writing in 2019.

Coverage interests include education, healthcare and environmental issues — along with any stories that aren't being told, but should be.


  • WGLT's The Leadoff for Thursday, May 26 features an extended conversation on gun violence with Illinois State University professor Julie Webber. Webber is also the author of the book Beyond Columbine: School Violence and the Virtual. Plus, Normal Police Chief Steve Petrelli says a shots fired incident on Wednesday was an isolated event.
  • WGLT's the Leadoff is everything you need to know for Wednesday, May 25. After targeted backlash, State Farm quickly moved to drop its support for a nonprofit that provides LGBTQ+-themed books to teachers and libraries — but the Chicago-based GenderCool says it's actually helped them fundraise eve more. Plus, the U-S Census Bureau recently updated its population count for Illinois, reflecting more recent data than the 2020 official census count. The Illinois undercount of nearly two-percent means that instead of losing roughly 18,000 people over 10 years, the state actually gained about 250,000 residents.
  • Petersen Health Care Inc. failed to pay more than 3,000 eligible workers for overtime, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Griffin Burns, Colton Walsh and Noah Anderson took over the store in early 2020 after former owners Mike and Becky Williams put it up for sale ahead of their retirement.
  • WGLT's the Leadoff is everything you need to know for Tuesday, May 24. Eric Stock takes a look at Dan Brady's bid for the highly coveted Secretary of State position. Plus, Sarah Nardi talks to two Illinois State University professors and bona fide punk rockers about what losing American Idol means for Leah Marlene's career.
  • WGLT's the Leadoff is everything you need to know for Monday, May 23. The chair of Illinois Wesleyan's accounting department says there's plenty of reason for the whole community to appreciate a new and recently-unveiled Bloomberg Finance Lab at the university. Plus, Eric Stock previews the only Republican primary race on the County Board.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know for Friday, May 20. Eric Stock reports on how two candidates running for a judgeship that includes McLean County view the end of cash bail, which is set to take effect in Illinois next year. Plus, one of the owners of The Garlic Press in Uptown talks about getting a shout-out from American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
  • The new $50,000 Child and Family Stabilization Fund is the target for the 102-year-old Day of Giving event on Friday.
  • WGLT's the Leadoff is everything you need to know for Thursday, May 19, 2022. The town of Normal is negotiating a development agreement with Cedar Falls-Iowa based Eagle View Partners. Mayor Chris Koos says a critical part of the development of Uptown Circle is the emphasis on house -- in particular, apartments for more affluent residents. Plus, a look at the implications of a cyberattack on Lincoln College and what it could mean for other institutions.
  • WGLT's The Leadoff is everything you need to know to start your day for Wednesday, May 18, 2022. You'll hear a recap of Leah Marlene Day in Uptown Normal. And a look at the Republican primary for the 105th House District seat, which includes parts of McLean County.