© 2024 WGLT
A public service of Illinois State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Radio Faces

WGLT presents Radio Faces

Radio Faces is our annual celebration of public radio and the people who make it possible. Radio Faces returns – IN PERSON! – the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center.

For our 17th annual event, we’re thrilled to host NPR’s Franco Ordoñez. Ordoñez has served as a White House correspondent for NPR since 2019.

Ordoñez has reported from all over the world, including Cuba, Colombia, and from the war in Ukraine. Now, Ordoñez is spending time on the campaign trail as we head into the 2024 general election. He is also a regular contributor to the NPR Politics Podcast.

The event will include a VIP reception and networking with the WGLT team and Ordoñez, dinner, and a lively presentation and Q&A.

The deadline to purchase tickets has passed. For ticket inquiries, please contact Melissa Libert at (309) 438-2257 or mmboehn@ilstu.edu. There are no physical tickets for this event. Please contact WGLT if you purchase tickets but do not receive a confirmation email.

A man in a suit poses for a photo with his arms crossed
Wanyu Zhang
NPR White House Correspondent Franco Ordoñez has received several state and national awards for his work, including the Casey Medal, the Gerald Loeb Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Stories and podcasts by Franco Ordoñez

About Radio Faces

WGLT has hosted the best of the best in public radio as part of the Radio Faces annual tradition. We last gathered in person for our 15th annual event in 2019 with NPR’s Korva Coleman. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Radio Faces went virtual in 2021 when we hosted NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe and Don Gonyea.

Event sponsorships are available.

Event schedule

  • 6-7 p.m.: VIP reception
  • 7-8 p.m.: Dinner
  • 8-9 p.m.: Program and Q&A with Franco Ordoñez

Dinner menu

An elegant three-course dinner will feature:

  • Fall salad: arugula, spinach, candied pecans, apples, craisins, and goat cheese
  • Two meat entrées to choose from:
    • Cornbread, apple, and nut stuffed chicken
    • Seared salmon with lemon caper sauce
  • Vegan entrée: Deconstructed poblano pepper with black beans and quinoa
  • Roasted root vegetables: Brussel sprouts, beets, carrots, and turnips
  • Mashed potatoes and sage gravy
  • Dessert: Mixed berry and apple cobblers plus coffee service

Questions? Contact WGLT Assistant General Manager Melissa Libert.