The broadcast writing instructor for the PAR program is Michelle Green, the Director of Marketing for the University of Illinois Springfield. Green is an award-winning writer and spent a decade in television news for ABC affiliates in Iowa, Illinois, and Florida, where she was the SpaceCoast Bureau Chief for WFTV-TV in Orlando. Her beat included Brevard County, the Kennedy Space Center, and Patrick Air Force Base, where assignments ranged from shuttle and satellite launches to the 1983 invasion of Grenada.
Following her journalism career, Green spent several years as a small business marketing consultant in Springfield and is the co-author of Illinois: An Economic Celebration. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1980 from the University of Iowa; and a master’s degree in communication in 2014 from the University of Illinois Springfield.