At their December board meeting, the Illinois Press Foundation board of directors awarded three $1,000 scholarships to University of Illinois Springfield Public Affairs Reporting graduate students. Pictured L to R are Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, Haley BeMiller, IPF board president Jerry Reppert, and Daisy Contreras.
BeMiller holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from DePaul University. Her experience includes two years as photo editor and social media manager with Tribune News Service following internships with the Trib's Blue Sky Innovation, WMAQ/NBCChicago.com, and editing/reporting with DePaul's student newspaper. BeMiller will serve her state Capitol reporting internship at the Chicago Tribune.
Contreras holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Previously, she reported and edited for an investigative project with The Chicago Reporter and student publications. She commutes to Chicago on weekends to work with Heartland Alliance, a social service agency, teaching immigrant children English and writing. Contreras will serve her state Capitol reporting internship at Illinois Issues Magazine.
Sepeda-Miller, a Colorado native, is a 2016 graduate of Knox College, holding a bachelor’s degree in anthropology-sociology. She is the former editor of the Knox Student at Knox College in Galesburg. She also reported in Morocco during a summer abroad and held an internship at New York Magazine, for whom she still does freelance work. Sepeda-Miller will serve her state Capitol reporting internship at The Associated Press.