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The IPF was established in 1982 as the charitable arm of the IPA.

At their December board meeting, the Illinois Press Foundation Board of Directors awarded three $1,200 scholarships to University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting graduate students. Pictured L to R are Rebecca Anzel, IPF Board Chairman Jerry Reppert, Mary Cullen and Brenden Moore.

Anzel, a New York native, is a graduate of Stony Brook University, holding a bachelor's degree in journalism.  She is former editor of ther campus newspaper, The Statesman.  She interned for five months at the Times Beacon Record newsapers where she reported, wrote and photographed stories, ranging in topic from event coverage and profiles to the environment and government.  Rebecca also spent a sememster in Washington in the highly competitive Scripps Howard Foundation internship program.

Cullen holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Illinois State University.  Her experience includes working as editorial intern at the Chicago Sun-Times, reporter and news editor at her school paper, The Vidette, and includes a role as internship leader with the School of Communications.

Moore holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from DePaul University.  He is former editor of The DePaulia, his school newspaper.  He was also editorial intern for the Daily Line which is an insider's guide to Chicago and Cook County politics.  He covered hearings in the Chicago City Council, provided in-depth reporting and analysis of aldermanic races and got to travel to cover larger events like President Donald Trump's inauguration.  




  • Joyce McCullough, LaSalle NewsTribune

  • Mike Feltes, News Media Corp., Rochelle

  • James Middleton (L) and David Larson, Boone County Journal, Belvidere

  • Frank Schier (center) & Staff, Rock River Times, Rockford

  • Todd Wessell, Journal & Topics Newspapers, Des Plaines

  • Brian Nadig, Nadig Newspapers, Chicago

  • Dan Haley (L) and Andy Johnston, Wednesday Journal, Oak Park

  • Bill Garth, Chicago Citizen Newspapers

  • Britton Zink (L) & Cheryl Ayers, Fox Valley News Shopper, Yorkville

  • Michael James (R) & Andrew Samaan, Voyager Media, Plainfield

  • Paul Ping and Steve Rensberry of the Troy Times-Tribune