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. Worked at WHOI from 1985 to 1994 before leaving and working for WEEK-TV. I have been at the station now for 24 years where I have been the morning show editor, live truck operator and overnight news photojournalist.
I absolutely love working in the news business because I enjoy meeting new people and making new friendships on a daily basis. Most of all, I enjoy helping the new up and coming reporters and photojournalists in mentoring them in anyway I can. I am also a very proud dad to a daughter, Gabrielle who is in high school and we have two cats named Precious and Maverick.
In my spare time I enjoy working out to keep fit, jogging and lifting weights. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.