Mike Bailey started at the Journal Star in 1985 and has been writing for the Journal Star's opinion page since 1991. He joins the Journal Star's Nick "Nick in the AM" Vlahos to chat about his long career, Illinois politics and a little baseball.
St. Louis native, hockey fan, and avid kayaker Andy Kravetz has been a reporter for the Journal Star for twenty years. He currently covers police, courts and the armed forces for the paper. He chats with colleague and newsroom "podmate" Nick Vlahos about his life, his career and his many interesting experiences as a journalist.
Journal Star reporter Matt Buedel joins his colleague Nick Vlahos to discuss the Freedom of Information Act , how it's implemented, and how essential it is to investigative reporting. Buedel recently used a massive amount of data from an FOIA request to investigate complaints against Peoria's chief of police that may have contributed to the chief's abrupt resignation.
Phil Luciano, a Journal Star reporter and columnist for three decades, joins fellow writer Nick Vlahos to chat about his long career at the paper, share some memories, and discuss issues concerning the City of Peoria.
Sports writer Dave Eminian (@icetimecleve) has covered 33 seasons of the Peoria Rivermen for the Journal Star. "Cleve" joins his fellow writer Nick Vlahos (@VlahosNick) to discuss his long career covering Peoria hockey and his love for his hometown Cleveland sports teams, plus share a few war stories from behind the scenes of the Rivermen beat in this edition of Nick in the AM, the Podcast.
The Journal Star's Nick in the Morning —Nick Vlahos — chats with co-worker Chris Kaergard about state and local politics, the state of journalism and the process and strategy for newsgathering in central Illinois. Chris started out as a copy editor and editorial page writer, and is currently the paper's assignment editor and political reporter.
Journal Star reporter Nick Vlahos talks with Mark Johnstone, proprietor of Rhodell Brewery in Peoria, about his business, his journey from his native Scotland to central Illinois and whether the craft-beer craze is at its peak.
In this edition, the Journal Star's Nick Vlahos talks with American Cancer Society spokeswoman Audrey Williams about her days in Peoria TV news, her current job and a big fundraising campaign in which Nick has a personal stake.
Journal Star reporter Nick Vlahos talks with sports editor Kirk Wessler about working for his hometown newspaper, blurring the line between sports and politics on ESPN and how good Bradley University basketball might be this season.