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He literally left his three-decades-long career as a newspaper editor and reporter specifically to found Capitol News Illinois in 2019. While he was CNI’s bureau chief in its first year, his role now is more behind the scenes, overseeing the news service’s development, growth and fundraising. When he’s not working, you can find Jeff at a rock concert, a Bradley basketball game or getting in power walks around the Springfield neighborhood where he and his wife, Sarah, and their two dogs live.
WHEN HE’S NOT WORKING WITH CNI: Jeff enjoys listening to live music, attending Bradley basketball games, and getting in power walks around the Springfield neighborhood where he lives with his wife, Sarah, and two dogs. They have four grown children, and he became a first-time grandpa in October.
WHY HE JOINED CNI: To make a difference in helping news organizations and their communities to be more connected to their state government. It’s truly a civics mission.
WHAT HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW ABOUT CNI: It has succeeded because everyone we’ve hired believes in the CNI mission and has worked tirelessly to build our editorial independence and integrity. We’ve also had fantastic interns through the Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS!
WHERE HE SEES CNI IN THE FUTURE: We will simultaneously grow our news reporting staff, coverage and audience to make CNI the most recognized, authoritative and impactful source of Illinois state government news.
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