Meet the WICD TV News Team
Doug Quick - Weather Anchor
Doug Quick is ABC NewsChannel 15's Chief Weather Anchor, and as is a part of the 5, 6 and 10pm newscasts.
Doug's broadcasting career began in 1974 from his original hometown of Taylorville on WTIM/WTIM-FM. It was at Western Illinois University he had the opportunity to co-anchor the local newscast on the WIU cablecast television station. He also worked at radio stations in Springfield and Decatur. In 1977 he ended up in Danville at WDAN/WMBJ. During his long tenure at WDAN/WDNL he was at times the morning announcer on both stations, was an account executive, Sales Manger and General Manager. He was also the first Station Manager of WWDZ(FM) in Danville, now WRHK(K-Rock). He finished his radio career as the midday announcer at D-102 in 2002 at the 25^th anniversary of the station.
Earlier in 1994, Doug took on the position of Promotions Director at WICD-TV. It was in the early days he became a part time weekend weathercaster. In July of 1998 he left promotions entirely to become the morning weather anchor and co-anchor to Sunrise Today. He also became the anchor of the midday news broadcast while continuing his radio career at the same time. He also serves as the stations Public Service Director, a position he has held since he began at WICD. He produces the local Community Calendar announcements as well as Spotlight 15 announcements, and maintains the Community activities on wicd15.com. In October of 2002 he became the Chief Weather Anchor, and moved to the evening broadcasts, where he continues today.
His outside activities include the Vermilion County Conservation District Foundation where he is a member of the Board of Directors. Doug has spoken before many civic groups, students at all grade levels who are considering broadcasting as a career, broadcast history, weather or the VCCDF.
He maintains a website at http://www.dougquick.com which includes an extensive history of central Illinois radio and TV broadcasting as well as information about the analog-to-digital transition of local TV stations. Among his research projects for the website is the history of WICD. He also is an avid classic movie fan, classic TV fan, satellite TV and radio and has his own audio/video editing suite at home.
Doug is a proud resident of Vermilion County and lives north of Danville, with his wife of 31 years, Melissa. They are also the parents of two adult daughters, Miranda and Mindi.
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Elitsa Bizios - Anchor
Elitsa Bizios joined WICD in September 2011 as a Reporter/Anchor. She is originally from Illinois. Elitsa is the oldest of four girls and is proud to say her parents immigrated to America from Greece. Elitsa got her television start in 2005 at the Naperville Community Television station, where she was a reporter, producer and documentarian. In 2009, Elitsa ventured to the East coast to work as a reporter and weekend anchor at WCTI, NewsChannel 12. Since Elitsa is a true Midwest gal, and loves to be near her big Greek family, she made her way back home to write and produce a documentary (Dick Locher, The Man Behind the Ink) about the man behind the world famous crime fighting hero, Dick Tracy. She continues to work as a website producer (richardroeper.com) for movie critic Richard Roeper. On any given day you can find Elitsa hunting down her latest story, taking a jog, or spending time with her adorable pup Leonidas.
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Jenese Harris - Anchor
Jenese Harris is the weekday morning anchor for ABC 15s Sunrise this Morning. She also covers special reports throughout the year.
Harris joined the WICD15 team in January 2013 after working in the Windy City for CBS 2 Chicago and the Local News Service as an assignment editor and field producer covering everything from city council chamber meetings and federal courts cases to protests and celebrity charity events. Before moving to Chicago, for nearly three years, she was the anchor, reporter and producer of the 5, 6 and 10 oclock evening news, for the market leader, WABG in Greenville, Mississippi. Her on-air career started in Tampa, Florida at WMOR as a television host for a weekly entertainment show, "MoreTV32.
Her career has gone full circle; starting in the Midwest at the age of 15, as an intern at WEDU in Detroit, Michigan; then interning at a local radio station every year after; before working as an apprentice for the Detroit Free Press. Now she is back in the Midwest to serve our community.
Now in Champaign, she wants to learn all about the history and culture of East Central Illinois and what makes it unique.
Harris was the keynote speaker for the Womens History Month program at the Lincolns Challenge Academy in March. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and volunteers for the Make-a-Wish Foundation Illinois Chapter for their Speakers Bureau.
Harris has a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Communications from the University of South Florida. She will complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 2014.
When she is not working on a story or producing the midday show, she spends time with her husband, Michael, and their puppy, Nucky.
Katy Kramer - Weather Anchor
After spending some time in the South, Katy is thrilled to be back in the Midwest. Katy joined the ABC News Channel 15 Storm Team in August of 2011 as the morning Meteorologist.
Katy grew up in Indianapolis, IN, and graduated from Indiana University, where she majored in Geography, concentrating in Atmospheric Science with a minor in Telecommunications. During her sophomore year at IU she received a prestigious award for academic excellence in Weather and Climate, and knew from there, that's what she wanted to do.
Before arriving in East Central Illinois, Katy worked in Columbia, SC where she forecast hurricanes, snow and ice storms, tornadoes and droughts. She saw it all in the South, but being back in the Midwest to track tornadoes and thunderstorms is her true passion.
When Katy's not keeping you informed on the latest weather, you'll find her on the lake or at a concert during the summer and snowboarding or snowmobiling during the winter. She's also enjoys reading, writing and shopping!
Josh Getzoff - Anchor / Reporter
Josh Getzoff joined WICD in October 2013 as a Sports Anchor/Reporter. Josh comes to Champaign from Elmira, New York, where he served as a Sports Anchor/Reporter for WENY-HD News. While in Elmira, Josh covered everything from high school athletics to minor league hockey and baseball, as well as NASCAR and New York Jets Training Camp. In June 2013, Josh was awarded the New York State Associated Press Award for "Best Sports Coverage."
Originally from Philadelphia, Josh graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Television-Radio from Ithaca College's Park School of Communications in Ithaca, NY. While at Ithaca, Josh was heavily involved in the school's student-run television and radio stations, serving as the Play-By-Play voice of Ithaca Bombers football, while also anchoring weekly sportscasts.
In February 2010, Josh had an opportunity to work in Vancouver, British Columbia as a member of the NBC Olympics production team for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Josh served as a production assistant at the men's and women's ice hockey venues, while also assisting in production needs for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Josh is a diehard Philadelphia sports fan, and won't be quick to hide his enthusiasm for the Flyers, Eagles, and Phillies. He's already adopted the Illini as his basketball team. Josh enjoys being with friends and family, running, biking, and reading a good book.
Josh is excited to be part of the ABC News Channel 15 team and is looking forward to covering the Illini, Big Ten athletics, and local high school athletics in Champaign.
Adam Rife - Reporter / Photographer
Adam Rife joined WICD in January 2013 as a general assignment news reporter. Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Adam graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in history. In the past he worked in Chicago in the sports departments at WGN, Fox affiliate WFLD, and at ABC 7 Chicago interviewing athletes and covering live professional sporting events. Previously Adam was a Silver Dome Award finalist for his play-by-play broadcasting at the Illinois baseball state championship games. He enjoys telling the personal stories of the people who make news matter every day.
David Ade - Reporter / Photographer
David joined WICD in March 2012 as a reporter/videographer.
He is originally from Elk Grove Village, a Chicago suburb, but comes to WICD from Carbondale. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in December of 2011 with a bachelor's in Radio/Television. While at SIUC, he was actively involved in their live student-produced television newscast which aired on the PBS affiliate, WSIU-TV. He served as the station's sports director for nearly two years, and won awards for sports reporting and sports producing.
David also worked at a commercial radio station cluster in southern Illinois for just over a year before coming to WICD. He was a disc jockey, sports talk show host, sports play by play broadcaster, news anchor, and news reporter.
David's favorite part about reporting is meeting new people, and talking to people who care about their community.
Heather Good - Reporter / Photographer
Heather Good joined WICD in May 2013 as a multimedia journalist. Good is originally from Bridgeton, New Jersey but grew up in Goshen, Indiana. She comes to the Danville Bureau from Indianapolis, Indiana.
Heather is an award-winning journalist from the University of Indianapolis, where she studied Electronic Media and Political Science. She is excited about living in a new place and can be found playing with her cat, Hercules, whom she rescued with her fiance Mark.
Kim Shine - Reporter / Photographer
Kim Shine joined WICD in October 2013 as a reporter. A Chicago native, Kim is full of southern hospitality, having spent her childhood in Albany, Georgia.
In August 2013, Kim received her masters degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Although a Medillian, Kim earned her bachelor's degree in Broadcasting & Public Relations from Grand Valley State University. Go Lakers!
Kim is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Omicron Delta Kappa. She enjoys volunteering, music and dancing.
Happy to work near family, Kim is loving her new home in Champaign. She also loves an interesting story, so feel free to shoot her an email or a tweet at any time!
Shantel Middleton - Weekend Anchor / Reporter
Anchor/Reporter Shantel Middleton worked in both North and South Carolina; Washington, DC; the Caribbean Island of Saint Thomas, and New York City before joining ABC Newschannel in September of 2011.
She started her career at WCIV, ABC News 4 in Charleston, South Carolina. Throughout her career, Shantel has reported on events across the United States, including the 2008 presidential election and the arrests of two Egyptian-born college students for allegedly driving with bomb-making materials near the naval brig that housed enemy combatant Ali al-Mari. In 2008 Shantel was a part of the Emmy award-winning Choose or Lose Street Team for MTV News, The Associated Press, and The Knight Foundation. Her work was shared nationally on VH1, the MTV Network channels, and in publications like USA Today.
Craving a better understanding of the political machine after the election, Shantel went on to work as a TV news reporter in the US Virgin Islands and then unpaid at the US Capitol. She was there when the Affordable Healthcare Act originally passed through the US House of Representatives in November of 2009.
Volunteering is a significant part of Shantel's life. After a friend's diagnosis of childhood cancer, Shantel knew she would one day volunteer to help other kids with cancer. At 20 she became a volunteer with the non-profit, childhood cancer support organization Happy Days and Special Times in Charleston, South Carolina. Here in central Illinois she volunteers at Saint John's Children's Hospital and is a member of the Lincolnland Stroke Support Network's Advisory Board.
Christina Mueller - Reporter / Weekend Weather Anchor
Christina joined WICD in January 2013 as a Weekend Weather Anchor/Weekday Reporter. Christina moved to Springfield from Quincy, where she worked in the same role at KHQA-TV. While working in Quincy she covered stories in Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa ranging from politics to agriculture. She would love to hear whats going on in your neighborhood. If you want to ask her a question or just chat, shoot her an e-mail or look her up on Facebook and Twitter.
Christina graduated from Quincy University with a bachelors degree in Communication with a concentration in Broadcasting. While at QU she worked on the campus news webcast, QUTV, and held an internship as a weekend reporter for KHQA-TV. She was a member of Lambda Pi Eta, a communications honor society. She was also active in Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) women's fraternity, where she helped plan campus philanthropy events to benefit the National Arthritis Foundation.
Christina is from Godfrey, in the St. Louis metro area. (Yes, she is a Cardinals fan). On her time off,Christina spends time with her family, curls up with a book, or spends time outside.
Mike Brooks - Reporter / Weekend Weather Anchor
Mike Brooks has been with the ABC NewsChannel team since 2008, starting out as a part-time news photographer, and now a full time reporter. He has done a little bit of everything here, from operating satellite and microwave trucks to running newsroom shots, and now is spending his time in front of the camera, as our Statehouse Bureau Chief.
Born and raised in Sangamon County, Mike graduated from Tri-City High School in Buffalo (go Tornadoes!), then headed to the University of Illinois, where he cemented his love for the Fighting Illini and met his wonderful wife Jodie. Now the two live back home on the Brooks family farm, with an infant son, a herd of Polled Hereford cattle, a few goats, a rather large cat, and their Blue Heeler, Remo.
For Mike, his favorite part of the job is telling the stories of the people who make Central Illinois such a unique and wonderful place, and he really doesn't mind going to all those car shows every summer either.
Lindsey Hess - Reporter
Lindsey is a reporter for ABC NewsChannel 15, specializing in agriculture. She most previously worked as an Anchor/Reporter at the NBC affiliate station, WGEM, in Quincy, Illinois. While reporting, Lindsey worked as a one-man band, covering assignments as a photographer, reporter and editor in three states. She covered the agriculture beat, reporting on a wide range of farming stories, including the 2012 drought. Lindsey is a graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois where she earned a degree in Communication & Rhetorical Studies. During college, she was involved in IC TV and Sigma Phi Epsilon Literary Society, and was a member of both Lambda Pi Eta and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Societies.
Community involvement is a big part of Lindsey's life. She is the Executive Director of the Miss Quincy Scholarship Program, an official preliminary pageant to Miss Illinois and Miss America. Each year, the Miss Quincy Scholarship Program awards thousands of scholarship dollars to young women. For the past seven years, Lindsey has been a mentor to a young girl named Bailey in Jacksonville. She and Bailey were matched through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and have spent the last several years spending time together and growing their lifelong friendship. As Miss Adams County and Miss Quincy, Lindsey used her titles to bring awareness to bullying and cyber bullying. She continues to speak at schools, organizations and service clubs to educate others on the cause. In February 2012, Lindsey was able to bring light to the issue in her in-depth news report, "Mean Girls."
Kristine Frazao - Reporter
Kristine Frazao is an Emmy award winning journalist, with more than a decade of on-air experience. As the National Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Kristine
reports on the top political stories of the day along with investigative reports on government waste, fraud and abuse.
Prior to joining the Sinclair news team, Kristine was the White House Correspondent for RT America. She covered the 2010 and 2012 elections both on the road and in Washington, and anchored nightly newscasts on RT for three years as well. Also during her time at RT, she reported extensively on the impact of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Pennsylvania, as well as the tragic rate of teen suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Kristine was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she also worked for four years as a general assignment reporter, working for the Fox affiliate (XETV) as well as the NBC affiliate (KNSD) where she received an Emmy for coverage of the Wildfires of 2007.
She got her on-air start working in beautiful Savannah, GA at WJCL/WTGS, where she worked as the political reporter, covering City Council and County Commission. She also traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi to cover the damage and devastation from Hurricane Katrina.
Kristine loves living in the Washington, DC. area and covering politics. She spends her free time traveling, reading and going on adventures with her black lab , Chomsky.
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Sheila Gray - Special Correspondent
Special Correspondent Sheila Gray reports on issues affecting women and families in Sinclair Broadcast Groups Family 411 reports.
Sheila is a native of Columbus, Ohio and studied at the prestigious Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
She began her career in Charleston, West Virginia, eventually being named the 6 & 11 p.m. anchor at WSAZ-TV. She was recognized by the West Virginia Associated Press for her reporting.
Sheilas next stop was Cincinnati, Ohio, where she co-hosted the Fox 19 Morning News.
She is happy that her alarm is no longer sounding at 2:30 a.m. and is looking forward to this new chapter in her career, and a new broadcasting family with Sinclair.
Sheila and her husband Ric are the parents of four children, Kasey, Kari, Katie, and Kari.
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Tori Bokios - Producer
Tori Bokios joined WICD in January 2013 as the morning producer and webcast anchor. She has been passionate about morning news since she was young and used to watch Good Morning America with her mom every morning. Tori is originally from a southwest suburb of Chicago. She graduated a semester early from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, in the top 3 percent of the entire U of I undergraduate class. While in college, Tori interned at WICD, ABC7 Chicago and MediaTracks Communications. In her free time, she enjoys running, scrapbooking, and spending time outdoors.
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Jhane Reifsteck - Producer
Jhane Reifsteck joined WICD in March 2011 as a producer. She is a native of Champaign County and grew up near Tolono. Jhane went to Unity High School and then headed a few miles north to the University of Illinois.
She received her Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Communications in 2009 and her Masters Degree in Journalism in 2010, both with a focus in broadcasting.
While at the U of I, she interned at the Champaign County Farm Bureau as a Governmental Affairs Intern and at WICD as a reporter and producer.
In summer 2009, Jhane traveled to Romania and Rome for an international reporting trip. Upon returning to the States, she produced an hour-long magazine-style show, highlighting the different stories from the trip.
Jhane can trace her passion to journalism back to age 5, when she used to record talk shows on her boom-box.
In her spare time, Jhane likes spending time with her family and boyfriend, cheering on the Illini, and hitting up the C-Us best spots. Like any journalist, she likes to be in-the-know, so feel free to send her an email with any story ideas.
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