Jason R. Piscia

The director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program is Professor Jason R. Piscia, a 1998 PAR graduate who came to the University of Illinois Springfield following a 21-year career at The State Journal-Register (SJ-R).

After completing his PAR internship with the SJ-R, the newspaper hired him as a general assignment reporter. He also covered higher education, business and city government before becoming the newspaper’s first-ever online editor, in charge of managing the SJ-R’s website. Piscia was then promoted to digital managing editor, directing coverage and overseeing production for both the SJ-R digital and print editions.

Under his direction, the SJ-R’s website won numerous awards for excellence from the Illinois Press Association and Illinois Associated Press Media Editors.

In his role at the SJ-R, Piscia has helped to mentor and ultimately hire several Public Affairs Reporting Program alumni.

A native of Peru, Illinois, Piscia holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Illinois State University, where he was a reporter and editor for the student newspaper, The Vidette.

Piscia draws on the talents of many UIS faculty with expertise in such fields as political science and communication, as well as professional journalists and state officials, to present students with a well-rounded program to bridge academic and professional elements of the program.

Contact him at jason.piscia@uis.edu or (217) 206-7494.

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