MEET THE NEWS TEAM
Hello viewers! My name is Kaitlin Pearson and I am a multi media journalist for WEEK and Heart of Illinois ABC. I am a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public
Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he
Tim Shelley is the Internet Director at 25 News and HOI News. He manages the website and social media presence of both stations. Previously, Tim
Semone Doughton came to WEEK-TV from WXTX FOX 54 in Columbus, Georgia.
Stephanie Rodriguez is a multimedia journalist for WEEK 25 News. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with minors in Spanish and political science.
Mariah Hart is the Assignment Manager/ Content Manager for 25 News – HOIABC.
Lauren Melendez joined the WEEK/HOI News Team in August of 2017 as a Multimedia Journalist/Reporter.
Hello everyone! My name is Alex Menke. I am a MMJ for WEEK and HOI. As a native of West Peoria, I have tons of Peoria pride. For college I went down to Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, graduated, and moved right back. I love to foster and rescue animals. I’m obsessed with my three funny and furry cats and my sweet rabbit. I look forward to telling your stories!!
Leon Hendricks was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1970. He received his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast News from Illinois State University, in 1992. He has performed multiple duties at WEEK.
My name is Dave Janssen otherwise known to my news staff as DJ and I’m from Pekin, Illinois. I broke into the news business in 1985 getting my foot in the door as a production grip, floor director and chyron operator and eventually a news photojournalist for WRAU 19 otherwise known as WHOI 19 when they changed to new call letters…
Coming back to the Peoria area has been like coming home for me. Although I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, both of my parents are from Central Illinois (Groveland and Green Valley.) As a result, most of my holidays, winter breaks, and summers were spent here visiting grandparents and extended family.
Hello, everyone! I’m Mason Dowling, Multimedia Journalist and reporter for WEEK 25 / WHOI 19. I was born and raised down in Belleville, Illinois, just east of St. Louis. I attended Loyola University up in Chicago, originally under the premise of going into Medical School – but after taking a few journalism courses, I knew I had found my calling.
Hello, my name is John Kendall. I am the current senior morning show producer at 25 News. I joined the 25 News staff in November of 2011, as an associate producer. Since then, I have done about everything here at the station, including producing HOI News Daybreak for nearly two and a half years, and 25 News Today for a year and a half.
We feel like we were chosen to come to join Your Home Team in Central Illinois.For my wife, it’s a homecoming as a Metamora high grad. And for my kids, it’s a chance to be near family and a cousin who continues to fight a battle with significant medical problems…
After a three year break to raise awareness and funds to help in the fight against breast cancer, Gina Morss returned to WEEK-TV as the co-anchor of 25 News Today in January of 2015. I am humbled by the opportunity to share the stories of central Illinois; the place that I have called home almost my entire life,” says Gina.