Charles N. Wheeler III is director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
A native of Joliet, IL, Wheeler came to UIS in August, 1993, following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times. Wheeler covered state government and politics for the Sun-Times since 1970, when he covered the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention. For the last 19 years of his Sun-Times tenure, Wheeler was assigned to the newspaper’s Statehouse bureau. During that time, he was elected to 16 consecutive one-year terms as president of the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association.
Since 1984, he has written a monthly column for Illinois Issues magazine, which has won five Capitolbeat awards for magazine commentary/analysis. In 2006, the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association inducted him into The Lincoln League of Journalists, which honors men and women who have provided exemplary service to other journalists and to daily newspapers published in Illinois.
Before joining the Sun-Times in 1969, Wheeler served more than three years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Panama. He is a 1963 graduate of St. Mary’s College, Winona, MN, majoring in English, and received a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1965.