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UIS faculty member inducted into Lincoln League of Journalists

September 26, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Charles N. Wheeler III, director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been inducted into the Lincoln League of Journalists of the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association. The honor was announced September 21 at the IAPEA annual awards banquet, held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

Wheeler becomes only the seventh member of the League, which was created in 2000 to honor "men and women who have provided exemplary service to other journalists and to daily newspapers published in Illinois."

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The IAPEA executive board solicits nominations each year and inducts as many or as few nominees as it chooses. Inductees are presented with a memento of the occasion and their names are inscribed on a marker permanently displayed in the Chicago bureau of The Associated Press.

Past inductees are Marx Gibson, former managing editor of the Herald-News in Joliet and past member of the IAPEA executive board; James F. Wilson, former bureau chief for The Associated Press in Illinois; Patrick Coburn, former publisher of the State Journal-Register; John Foreman, editor and publisher of the Champaign News-Gazette; Mike Lawrence, director of the Institute of Public Policy at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, former press aide to Gov. Jim Edgar, and longtime Illinois political and legislative reporter; and John David Reed, former professor of journalism at Eastern Illinois University.

Wheeler, a former Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, came to UIS following a 24-year career with the paper, 19 of them at the Statehouse. During that time, he was elected to 16 consecutive one-year terms as president of the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association and served for many years on the PAR program and admissions committees.

Public Affairs Reporting is a one-year master's degree program focusing on coverage of state government news.  In addition to academic work, students serve six-month internships with newspaper, magazine, radio, television, wire service, or audio news service bureaus in the Statehouse pressroom in Springfield.

For more information, go to the IAPEA website at www.iapea.org/ or contact Wheeler at 206-7494.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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