Nathan DeHaan is a senior studying journalism with a sports-media certificate at the University of Illinois. As a four-semester veteran at UI7, Nathan is excited to tackle the challenge of covering all sorts of topics, but especially sports, during this unprecedented time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, Nathan has worked for ESPN 93.5 in Urbana, covered Illinois football and basketball as the On-Air editor of the Daily Illini, and spent three years as a co-host of “Illini Drive” on the student-run radio station, WPGU 107.1. Nathan was born and raised in Mahomet, Illinois just down the road from the University of Illinois, and is a life-long Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan. One of the most unique experiences he has had in his 4 years of college was when he got to travel the country as a soccer camp counselor on different U.S. Air Force bases in the summer of 2018, traveling to Georgia, Las Vegas and even the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Nathan will be graduating in December and hopes quickly get to work as a multimedia journalist in the Central Illinois area.
Of course, this semester was very unique under the circumstances that the COVID-19 pandemic forced upon newsrooms, but our class handled it in stride and I was lucky enough to anchor our special about the coronavirus and how it affected people and businesses in the Champaign-Urbana community.
My first show anchoring this season with some excellent journalism done by Sammi St. Leger, Marium Kureishy and Pari Apostolakos. Stories include a house explosion in Urbana, an update for International students on Campus, a data leak from Chowbus, and Mariah Guzman with updates about President Trump’s health and the upcoming Presidential debate.
This was my one show I was tasked with producing this semester. Although we faced some technical issues throughout, including an on-camera light that wouldn’t work for our live shot and trouble with our teleprompter throughout, I thought the crew rallied around each other throughout the show and did the best that we could.
Aside from our video and production content from this semester, I also wrote some pieces for UI7 Live’s website about a variety of topics such as the 2020 election, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Illini sports.