Tanya Koonce

News Director

Tanya Koonce is the News Director at Peoria Public Radio.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University, and a M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.  Tanya started her news career in TV, managed two political campaigns after college, worked in state government and did some state association work before going back to school.  Post master’s degree, she’s worked in commercial radio and operated her own freelance agency before taking a reporter position at WCBU in 2001, and becoming news director in 2008. She’s currently serving as the Treasurer of the Illinois News Broadcaster’s Association, lives in Peoria and loves discovering interesting people, places and things.   

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:27 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Peoria police: alleged shooter turned himself in

37-year old Sean T. Walls
Credit Peoria police

The man believed to be responsible for the shooting death of 22-year old Derrick Booth Jr. has turned himself in.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:42 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Arts in Education event named for former Peoria County Regional Superintendent of Schools

The annual Arts in Education Spring Celebration will carry-on the name of its founder. Gerry Brookhart founded the annual spring time event at the Peoria County Courthouse 28 years ago. He retired from the Regional Superintendent of Schools office after 31 years.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:12 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Smart Manufacturing Summit taking place in Peoria

Agenda for Smart Manufacturing Summit.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Caterpillar is hosting about 190 heads of companies for a national summit. The Chief Executive Group’s Smart Manufacturing Summit is taking place in Peoria Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:53 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Cat reports first quarter results for 2014

Caterpillar is reporting profits in the face of flat sales for the first quarter of 2014. The company’s profit per share was a $1.61 excluding restructuring costs. It’s a thirty cent increase from the same time last year. Sales and revenues were just more than 13-point-two-billion dollars.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:07 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Peoria County courts to allow news cameras and microphones

The Illinois Supreme Court Friday named Peoria County the 36th in the state to allow news cameras and microphones in the court room. The Illinois Supreme Court launched the pilot project in 2012. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:04 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Peoria wants the Warehouse District on the National Register of Historic Places

The City of Peoria is aiming to have the Warehouse District on the National Register of Historic Places. The boundaries of Peoria’s proposed National Registry District would overlay the existing enterprise and redevelopment zones. It would also provide state and federal historic tax credits to certain buildings in the part of Peoria rich with Century-old Warehouses. The historic tax credits would be available for buildings appropriately adapted for various public purposes.

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Peoria Public Radio News
8:17 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Cat reports 4th quarter and full year results

Caterpillar’s sales and revenues for 2013 were down about $10 billion. The company reported sales of just more than $55.6 for last year. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:55 am
Thu December 26, 2013

How to dispose of Christmas trees

Those needing to dispose of real Christmas Trees have a couple of options. Peoria, East Peoria and West Peoria residents can place their trees out with their trash on regular garbage collection day. Large trees should be cut in half or quartered to a manageable size.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:11 am
Mon December 16, 2013

CityLink deciding on Sunday service

CityLink is looking for public input on whether Sunday service should be added to the standard schedule. The Greater Peoria Area Mass Transit District currently runs a fixed bus route service six days a week. The Saturday schedule is slightly different.  

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

PRM to hold Community History Day

History is expected to come alive Saturday at a day-long Peoria Riverfront Museum event. The facility is partnering with the Peoria Historical Society and WTVP to offer a community history day. Visitors to the museum will get to see Civil War displays, re-enactors, lecturers, and musicians.

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