Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Dana Rieck received her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in 2014 with majors in journalism and communications and a minor in political science. She began her career right after graduation at the Loveland Reporter-Herald in her hometown of Loveland, Colorado. There, she worked to break news and cover public safety within the community. She joined the Belleville News-Democrat as a breaking news reporter in January 2017 (yes, she moved to the Midwest from Colorado). A year later, she was promoted to news editor where she worked a (very) early morning shift and handled a team of reporters. In February 2019 she became the news editor at Missouri Lawyers Media in St. Louis. Dana lives near Tower Grove Park with her Catahoula/pit bull mix Nova.
Joe Pott has been the "Voice of the Cougars" since 2008. The native of St. Louis, Missouri, oversees all broadcasting operations for SIUE athletics. But he is more than a talented sports broadcaster with experience calling games on radio and television. An entertaining and engaging public speaker and emcee, he is also an established media relations professional, an accomplished writer, copy editor and video producer. He is proud to be considered a mentor by many of the younger staff members and students with whom he works.
Elizabeth Donald has been a reporter for more than 20 years. In that time she has covered nearly every beat, with an emphasis on city and county government, crime and courts, education and watchdog investigation as a staff writer and as a remote reporter. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Donald is a frequent guest lecturer on the practical applications of journalism ethics and the changing nature of newspapers in the 21st century. She was an initial recipient of the Terry Harper Fellowship and has won multiple awards for journalism and fiction writing. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ national ethics commission, and was on the team that rewrote the SPJ Ethics Code in 2014. She currently serves as the president of the St. Louis Society of Professional Journalists, and is also the author of several award-winning fiction novels, a freelance editor, photographer and writing coach. She has been writing freelance full-time since 2018 and is a teaching assistant at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In her spare time, she has no spare time.