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Hi! I cover local news including arts & culture and education. I'm a 2012 graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. While working toward that degree I spent a semester covering the legislature for WUIS and Illinois Public Radio. In 2010 I graduated from UIS with degrees in Liberal & Integrative Studies, Women & Gender Studies, and African-American Studies (yes, that was a lot of studying!) Previous experiences of mine include tutoring Rwandan refugees, supervising children at an orphanage in Kenya, working as an activities assistant at a nursing home in Ohio, and lots of waitressing.
Dave Leonatti is an architect, freelance writer and self-professed music nut based in Springfield. He wrote music and performing arts reviews for the State Journal-Register. Dave started the Nightsounds program in the late 1980's.
Dave is a musician--he's played bass, guitar and drums in several rock and bluegrass bands. He plays bass for the WUIS All-Star Band, "The Pitch Patio Pickers," with Mark Mathewson and Jennifer Ramm, the host of Bluegrass Breakdown.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jim played in orchestras up to his beginning years in college starting with cornet and later violin. He went to Indiana University, got his degree in librarianship and now works as a reference librarian for Lincoln Library, the public library of Springfield. His dedication to this program has stretched over 35 years due to a passion for classical music. Jim also enjoys bicycling to work and for pleasure: reading, traveling, gardening, and trying to cook. He gives tours at the Dana Thomas House once a month. He has been a member of the selection committee for the Springfield Art Association film festival for many years.