Cheryl Lemke - Weather
FOX Illinois is excited to announce that Cheryl Lemke will be joining our award-winning news team as Chief Meteorologist.
Cheryl Lemke brings a level of experience and knowledge that is unmatched in Central Illinois. Lemke will be a part of the most experienced weather team in the market. Along with Joe Crain and Thomas Patrick, Cheryl Lemke will help keep all of us safe and informed.
Station Manager Rick Lipps says, "We already had the best weather team in the market, Cheryl Lemke is the final piece of the puzzle that will enable us to continue as the preferred weather source, whether you're watching on TV, your laptop, tablet, or smartphone."
Lemke was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Even as a child, she was fascinated by the weather and particularly intrigued by the power and force of nature. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Iowa State, and in 2006, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Iowa State University.
Prior to joining WICS and WRSP, Lemke worked in Omaha at WOWT-TV. She also was the Interim Chief Meteorologist at WSBT-TV in South Bend, Indiana. Other previous jobs include working at WXIA-TV in Atlanta and WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana. However the majority of her broadcast meteorology career was spent at The Weather Channel. From ice storms and blizzards to severe thunderstorms and land falling hurricanes, Lemke has covered a vast array of extreme weather phenomena.
Lemke holds the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA) Television Seals of Approval.
She is very excited to be returning to her Midwest roots, enjoying the four seasons and the dynamic weather that Illinois has to offer. When not working, Lemke loves to be outside gardening, hiking or bicycling.
Doug Quick - Weather
Doug Quick is FOX Champaign’s Chief Weather Anchor, and co-anchor for FOX Champaign News at Nine. 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.
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 Manager 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 25th 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. In October of 2002 he became the Chief Weather Anchor, and moved to the evening broadcasts, where he continues today.
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/WCCU. 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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Jenese Harris - Anchor
Jenese Harris is an award-winning journalist and evening anchor for Fox Champaign's News at Nine.
Jenese joined the WCCU team as a morning anchor and reporter for Champaign’s Sunrise this Morning and Midday shows in January 2013.
Before Champaign, she worked at 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, she was an evening anchor, reporter and producer at WABG in Greenville, Mississippi for three years and a co-host at WMOR in Tampa, Florida for one year.
Jenese believes in being active in and giving back to the community through volunteering. She has been honored by the Champaign County Soil Conservation District for her coverage of local conservation issues and the Champaign County Visitors Bureau for her coverage of local businesses and entertainment.
She is also a board member of the Make-A-Wish regional council for Central Illinois, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists and volunteers whenever she can in the community.
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 2016.
If you have a story idea, send her an email or a tweet today!
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Lauren Stream - Special Correspondent
Lauren Stream is the Executive Producer of FOX Champaign News at Nine.
Lauren started joined the WICD/WCCU team in October 2012, as the 5 p.m. producer. She also reported in the 6 p.m. newscast.
She is a hometown girl originally from Vermilion County. Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University in the spring of 2011, majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in political science.
In the spring of 2012 she graduated with a Master of Arts from the University of Illinois at Springfield. While attending graduate school, she was the statehouse reporter-intern for WCCU's sister station in Springfield, WICS.
Lauren married her college sweetheart in September 2012. They currently live in Vermilion County with their dog, Lana Marie. She loves spending time with her family, friends and neighbors.
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Kim Shine - Reporter
Kim Shine joined Fox Illinois in October 2013 as a reporter. A Chicago native, Kim is filled with southern hospitality, having spent her childhood in Southwest Georgia.
Kim has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She earned her B.A. in Broadcasting & Public Relations from Grand Valley State University. Go Lakers!
She is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Omicron Delta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She enjoys volunteering, music and dancing.
Happy to work near family, Kim is enjoying her time in East Central Illinois. She also loves an interesting story, so feel free to connect with her any time!
Angelica Sanchez - Reporter
Angelica Sanchez joined the FOX Illinois team as a multimedia reporter in September, 2014. She moved to Champaign from the Chicago suburbs of Berwyn/Cicero.
She graduated with a Bachelor degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia College Chicago in May of 2014. She also has an Associate degree in Arts from Morton College in Cicero IL.
Angelica has a passion for investigative reporting specializing in the areas of criminal justice, health, environment and race.
While at Columbia, Angelica served as the news director to the award winning student produced show Metro Minutes, her piece on breast cancer disparity in the south side of Chicago earned her a student Emmy nomination.
Her camera skills made her one of eight interns chosen from around the country for live production coverage of the National Association of Broadcasting (NAB) show in Las Vegas for Waskul Entertainment, where she was a camera operator.
She was the president of the Columbia College Chicago Society of Professional journalists,
a media fellow for the Chicago Reporter and the editor in chief for Morton College’s student newspaper, The Collegian.
She is fluent in both English and Spanish. When she is not reporting Angie enjoys spending time with friends and familia.
Brett Baldeck - Reporter
Brett Baldeck joined FOX Illinois as a multimedia journalist in October 2013. He comes to us after spending a year as a multimedia journalist at WBKO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Brett is originally from Rochester New, York. He graduated from Niagara University in Niagara Falls in May 2012. He is proud to now call Springfield home, and tell the stories of the people of central Illinois.
Brett has always had a passion for television news. As a child, it was his nightly ritual to watch the local news with his family. After a suggestion from his high school English teacher, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a news reporter.
When Brett is not at work, he enjoys working out and checking out the newest restaurants downtown. Brett is also an avid auto racing fan. He says anything with a motor and wheels, he will watch on television.
David Coy - Reporter
David joined FOX 55/27 Illinois in February 2014 as Sports Anchor/Reporter. He thinks more local sports is BETTER! David has done both news and sports reporting. Most recently he was a nightside news reporter in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
David has been involved in broadcasting since he was in middle school--he used to anchor the morning announcements. He graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media Communication: Radio/TV. While there, he received an NATAS Emmy Nomination for "Best College Sports Program" for the ZTV Sports Report.
David is from Columbus, Ohio, but don't worry, he's not really a Buckeye fan. His favorite teams are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew, Cleveland Indians, and the Cleveland Cavilers. All in all he's a REAL die-hard Akron Zips fan. If he's not covering sports, he's usually watching them or playing video games.
If you have a cool sports story or know an athlete that should be highlighted, give David a ring!
Joe Crain - Weather
Joe helps you plan for the day at work and school with the Storm Team forecast every weekday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. during "Good Day Illinois."
At the young age of 12, Joe got an early start to his career with school and community announcements on his hometown radio station in Cairo, Illinois. Joe has held a variety of on-air, programming and management positions with radio stations in St. Louis, Duluth, Green Bay, Sioux City, Omaha, Peoria and Springfield. Joe joined the ABC NewsChannel 20 family in the summer of 2004 as a weekend weather anchor. He was named the morning and midday weather anchor in March 2008.
Joe is a graduate of Mississippi State University's Broadcast Meteorology Certification program and holds a B.A. in Radio-Television Sales and Management with a minor in Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Joe is a professional member of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. Additionally, Joe has been honored by his peers with numerous awards such as the "Silver Dome" from the Illinois Broadcasters Association and multiple nominations for the national "Gavin Award" that showcases excellence in radio programming.
Joe has been recognized for his community involvement with a number of organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, Land of Lincoln Goodwill, Central Illinois Community Blood Center, Camp CoCo, Central Illinois Down Syndrome Society and Salvation Army. As a member of Storm Team 20, Joe enjoys speaking each year to dozens of school and civic groups about weather and severe weather safety.
Joe, along with his wife Ann and children, Megan and Thomas, reside in Springfield. He's a model railroader and train collector. Joe's an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Fighting Illini and SIU Salukis. And, by his own account, Joe is a "below average" golfer.
Joe's always glad to hear from you and is eager to answer your weather related questions.
Michelle London - Reporter
Michelle London joined the Fox 55/27 Illinois team in January 2014 as a morning reporter for Good Day Illinois. She is brand new to the Midwest and very excited to connect with the community.
Ironically, Michelle got her start on-camera in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts where she was a live correspondent for CBS 3. Even though she only lived in Western Massachusetts for a year, Michelle became active in the community while there. She was the emcee for an annual awards gala sponsored by Awake Springfield, a well-known non-profit organization in the city. Michelle also participated in the YMCA Classic Weekend, where she was able to interact with and serve as a mentor for the youth of the community.
Before making her transition to the front of the camera, Michelle lived in Bristol, Connecticut, where she was a content editor for ESPN. While there, she edited video for shows including Mike and Mike in the Morning, ESPN First Take and Sports Center A.M. She also did some volunteer reporting for ESPN's in-house network, In The Know. In doing this, she was able to interview various guests that appeared on Sports Center and other shows that day.
Michelle also worked as an intern at BET in Washington, DC. There, she would go into the city with a photographer and ask residents their opinions on current events. The short interviews she gathered and edited would air on the mid-day show, Mic Check.She recalls it was during this experience that she realized her ability to connect with people from various walks of life. This heightened her passion to want to serve the community from the front of the camera.
Michelle was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. She graduated from Old Dominion University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Communications. While a student at ODU, Michelle was a radio personality for the campus radio station, WODU.
Feel free to contact Michelle for story ideas and general feedback through Facebook and Twitter @MichelleDLondon.
Maggie Poteau - Anchor
Maggie Poteau anchorsthe 9 p.m. newscast for FOX Illinois. She joined the station in November 2013. As a newcomer to the Midwest, she is excited about becoming involved in the community, engaging viewers in central Illinois and exploring the Land of Lincoln.
Interestingly, Maggie began her television career as a general assignment reporter in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. Before moving to Springfield, Illinois, she worked at ABC 3340 in Birmingham, Alabama, where she was an anchor for "Good Morning Alabama" and show host for "Talk of Alabama." Prior to her time in central Alabama, she worked in east Tennessee for WATE 6 News and FOX 43. Her passion for storytelling has allowed her to cover stories of people from all different walks of life, from people we like to people we do not like. Some of the prominent stories she has covered include the criminal trial of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy (the first executive tried under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act), the disappearance of Natalie Holloway, and the deadly tornados that ripped through Alabama in 2011. To date, career-wise, she is most proud of her invitation from The White House to serve as moderator for "The Urban Economic Forum," Birmingham 2012.
Born on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, she is proud of her Haitian and Cuban heritage. Maggie grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Mass Communications. She is also a proud alumna of the UCONN Women's Soccer program and still loves to play whenever possible. Maggie would tell you her proudest accomplishment is her adult"yes, adult--daughter Brittanny, who earned her bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University and her masters degree from Arizona State University. Brittanny now works in higher education in the greater Boston area.
If you have a great story idea, feel free to connect with Maggie on Facebook or Twitter.
Donnie Tillman - Sports
Donnie Tillman comes to WICS with more than a decade of journalism experience under his belt.
The Chicago native grew up a huge sports fan. After graduating from Romeoville H.S. in 1999, he decided to study his love for sports at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Following his four years at SIU, Donnie put his radio-television degree to work. In August 2003, he went on to become a sports photographer at WHOI-TV in Peoria. In 2006, he was promoted to weekend sports anchor. In March 2009 he took over the weekend sports anchor duties at WMBD-TV in Peoria. Looking for a new challenge, in September 2010, Donnie moved to morning and midday news anchor. Now back in sports, "DT" brings his passion for local sports to the area. He's had the privilege of covering numerous high school, collegiate, and pro sports championships. Donnie's favorite sports teams are the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox. However, he calls the Cardinals and Blues his secondary squads.