Whitney Martin joined WIFR as a reporter and photographer in March 2007.
Whitney Martin is no stranger to Rockford. The former East E-RAB grew up in the Stateline and is thrilled to be working in her hometown as an evening anchor at WIFR.
Whitney joined the 23 News Team in March 2007 and has since covered news on both sides of the camera as a Photographer and Reporter.
“We are often dubbed “One Man Bands”. A lot of people don’t realize we shoot, write, and edit our own stories. I genuinely love what I do," Whitney says.
Whitney was promoted to the anchor chair in 2010 and was recently awarded a Silver Dome Award for “Best TV Reporter” in the state. She was also recognized by the Illinois Broadcasters Association as one of the “Best Photographers” and “Best Anchors” in the market and was honored by the Associated Press for her feature writing. Whitney joins Andy and Aaron as one of the Rockford Register Star’s Readers Choice Awards “Top TV Personalities” in the Stateline.
“It means so much to me to be able to report to a community I was born and raised in. The stories I cover may affect someone I know personally.” She says
Whitney started her broadcast career as intern at WIFR and often jokes that she grew up in the newsroom. She graduated from the “Illinois Center for Broadcasting” in Lombard with honors and was awarded “Outstanding Broadcast Student” upon her departure.
She is proud to be present the award winning “Stateline Spotlight”, a bi-weekly segment focusing on unique people in our community. If you know someone that should be recognized, send her a message! She would love to hear from you.
In her spare time Whitney coaches competitive cheerleading. She’s been involved with the sport, (yes it is a sport) for more than 12 years. She also attempts to play softball and enjoys volunteering at a local nursing home and Rosie’s Birthday Club which Provides parties for low income children.