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Bethany Carson named Statehouse bureau chief of Illinois Issues

January 24, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Peggy Boyer Long, executive editor of Illinois Issues, announced Tuesday that Bethany Carson of Algonquin has been named Statehouse bureau chief for the magazine, a monthly publication that specializes in reporting and analysis of state government and politics.

Illinois Issues, which is published by the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield, maintains a bureau in the Illinois Capitol Press Room.

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Carson, 26, who is a health reporter for The Herald & Review in Decatur, was a graduate intern in the magazine’s Statehouse bureau in 2004 while working on her master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting at UIS. During her internship, Carson produced several cover stories for the magazine, including one that examined the controversy surrounding limits on awards in medical malpractice lawsuits.  

“It is immensely satisfying that Bethany Carson is returning to join the Illinois Issues staff,” said Boyer Long. “She has had experience covering the Statehouse for the magazine. And she has been immersed in statewide policy issues in her current position, including local and state impacts of the new federal law extending Medicare coverage to prescription drugs. She has a number of good ideas for stories that will better inform our readers.”

Carson says her goal at the Statehouse will be to offer perspective. “I approach every story I do with that goal, giving people a perspective on what happened, how we got there and what it could mean to them,” she said.

“I feel a lot of things converged for me. I’ve gained a lot in all the different areas where I’ve lived, from the Chicago suburbs, to rural Illinois, to the industrial town of Decatur.”

Carson was managing editor of The Chronicle of Hoopeston from 2002-2003. She received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002 and an M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS in 2004.

She will begin work for the magazine on January 30 at a salary of $32,000. She replaces Pat Guinane, who accepted a position in the Indiana Statehouse for the Times of Northwest Indiana.

 

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