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Ali Rasper

Multimedia Journalist
Ali Rasper

I want to help people in the community and hopefully make it a better place for everyone. My favorite thing about being a journalist is getting to meet residents in the community, talk with them and be able to tell their stories.

The role of a journalist and a television station in our community is to fairly and accurately report the news to the community in an unbiased manor. Simply reporting the news and allowing the viewer to form their own opinion on the story.

I love spending time outside going hiking, going on a bike ride, swimming, boating, anything that’s an adventure. The most important person in my life is my mom because she is my biggest supporter and always encourages me to follow my dreams and do what I am passionate about.

TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: I have been a competitive dancer and cheerleader since I was three-years-old!

WHO HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE AND WHY: The biggest influence in my journalism career was my college teacher/first TV News Director Laura Trendle-Polus because she gave me all the tools I needed to become a successful journalist. She has always pushed me to be the best journalist I can be and has always supported me when I need it most!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DRINK: I love Dr. Pepper!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DINNER ENTREE: Steak is my favorite food!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESSERT: My grandma’s homemade chocolate chip cookies.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY AND WHY: I have always loved Halloween because I love the costumes, haunted houses, spooky decorations and everything involved.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON AND WHY: My favorite season in Illinois is fall because of the beautiful colors and falling leaves. The scenery is beautiful almost anywhere you go and I love when the weather cools off and it’s time to put on a sweater!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPORT: My favorite sport is football because it was always something my family would watch together growing up. We hosted a Super Bowl party every year and that was always my favorite.

NAME THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES: Titanic, The Great Gatsby, Tangled

NAME YOUR FAVORITE BOOK/AUTHOR: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

WHAT IS THE MOST DARING THING YOU’VE DONE: I went backpacking through Europe with some of my best friends for two weeks. We saw four different countries, many different cities and got to embrace a new culture.

Education
  • Illinois State University - Journalism
  • University of Illinois Springfield - Public Affairs Reporting
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