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.
Kai Jackson - Special Correspondent
Kai Jackson is a veteran journalist with more than 27 years of experience covering local, national and international news as well as stories for affiliate and network television news.
He's currently a national correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Previously he was an anchor and reporter for 20 years at WJZ-TV in Baltimore.He's covered some of the biggest stories of our day including the September 11th attack on America.
Jackson is the co-founder of a film company called DocYourmentary dedicated to telling unusual and untold stories of people and history.
He's a member of several professional organizations including: The Society of Professional JournalistsThe National Association of Black JournalistsThe International Documentary AssociationKappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Kai received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from South Carolina State College. He received a Masters Degree in Film from American University.Kai is an avid gardener and reader and practices Shotokan Karate. He and his wife live in Maryland with their two daughters.
Ric Kearbey - Weather
Ric Kearbey loves giving the nightly weather forecast on television! Ric says, "It's something that everyone cares about and knowing I can help them plan their day or weekend is a fun responsibility!"
Ric also knows the importance of severe weather and keeping families safe. He is committed to staying with FOX Illinois viewers on their televisions until the threat of severe weather leaves the area. You may even see Ric on the air at noon or 3am.
Community involvement is a passion of Ric's. "Connecting with the community, our viewers, makes what we do more real. To actually meet the people who watch us is a great feeling, and it makes each night's broadcasts more personal for me. Don't be surprised to hear I was at your child's school, or if you see me at the local benefit for an important cause because it's extremely important to me," says Ric.
Ric also loves to interact with viewers through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Ric also is a Pinterest enthusiast, sharing all of his favorite things with viewers.
In his free time, Ric enjoys spending time with his family, running, and working out. He's crazy about the St. Louis Cardinals. He is a Bethalto, IL native. His TV career as taken him to Augusta, GA, Peoria, IL, St. Louis, MO, and now Springfield!
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.
Shantel Middleton - Anchor
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 FOX Illinois in September 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.
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.
Doug Quick - Weather
Doug Quick is ABC NewsChannel 15's Chief Weather Anchor, and is a part of the 5, 6 and 10pm newscasts. He's also the Champaign-area weather anchor for Newschannel at Nine on Fox Illinois.
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.
Please send Doug your comments or suggestions.
Natalie Sparacio - Anchor
Natalie Sparacio joined WICS in January 2012 as Sunrise This Morning Anchor and Reporter for ABC Newschannel 20. After working at television stations in Austin, Minnesota and Wausau, Wisconsin, Natalie is thrilled to deliver the news in her home state. A graduate of Marquette University, Natalie majored in journalism.
Throughout her television career, Natalie has been active in the communities shes lived in. Shes coached several club and high school soccer teams, served on boards for the United Way, March of Dimes, DonateLife and been recognized as a Red Cross Real Hero nominee.
When Natalie is not anchoring or reporting she loves spending time with her big Greek and Italian family, watching the Blackhawks, traveling and running in races. She just completed her first half marathon in September 2011. She adopted her Chihuahua Terrier, Hamilton, during a pet segment interview. It was love at first sight! Natalie enjoys life in the Land of Lincoln and welcomes emails to say hello or offer up story ideas!
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.