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© 2018 by LAUREN KOSTIUK

Employment:
 
  • The Columbia Chronicle - Campus Editor/Reporter

    • Worked on two to three stories weekly including many investigative stories. Was an editor to three other reporters. Also, helped with digital media.  (February 2015 –May 2016)

 
  • CBS Chicago Investigative Unit - Intern

    • Intern for Emmy-award winning investigative reporters Brad Edwards and Dave Savini. I helped research/log stories and tips. Also, called sources for background information. Shadowed on shoots and interviews (September 2017–December 2017)

  • NBC News Network - Intern

    • A member of the NBC News Network team working on stories for the Nightly News with Lester Holt, Today Show and MSNBC focusing on the Midwest region. Pitched one of my ideas as a college student that ran as a story on Nightly News. (June 2017–August 2017)

 
  • Fox Illinois WCCU - Reporter/MMJ/Fill-in Anchor

    • Market: Champaign-Springfield-Decatur (March 2017–current)

Experience:
In my first market, I started as a dayside reporter covering general assignment stories like crime, weather and community issues.
After a year, I was promoted to nightside reporter and fill-in anchor for WCCU Fox Illinois and WICS ABC Newschannel 20.
I also helped launch a bi-weekly series called "Addicted Illinois" that focuses on tackling the opioid crisis in our state.

I have covered national stories like the Aurora mass shooting near Chicago and the murder trial of the University of Illinois Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang.

 

I am also working on a continuing investigation into toxic "forever chemicals" in the water at a former air force base in Rantoul.

In college, I covered other large scale events like the 2016 NFL Draft, the 2017 Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. and the Women's March in D.C.

Skills:

Education:

 

Columbia College Chicago

September 2014–December 2017

Major: Broadcast Journalism - Television

Honors Student/ Dean's List

GPA: 3.93

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  • iNEWS

  • AVID EDITING

  • ADOBE SOFTWARE

  • FINAL CUT PRO

  • LIVE-U

  • JVC CAMERAS

2010 - present

2010 - present

Honors:
  • First Place in General Excellence by the Illinois College Press Association (2016, 2017) - The Columbia Chronicle, reporter and editor

  • Emmy nominated newscast (2016) - Newsbeat, reporter and anchor

  • Michigan High School Journalist of the Year (2014) - Journalism Education Association, editor-in-chief

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