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Mike Smith


Mike Smith is an correspondent with WCBU in Peoria. He joined the station in 2023.

He graduated from Illinois State University in 2019, majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. He had previously worked for the Vidette student newspaper as a news reporter and for TV-10 News as a news/sports reporter/producer.

He graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2020 with a master’s degree in the Public Affairs Reporting program. During that time, he was a graduate intern at NPR Illinois for the spring 2020 legislative session.

Afterward, he worked as the executive digital producer for CiProud.com, WMBD, and WYZZ between June 2020 and November 2022. He then worked as a regional digital content producer for Nexstar Media Group between 2022 and 2023.