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Chad Mahoney


News Director

Chad Mahoney is an award winning journalist who serves as the News Director for WGEM-TV-AM-FM, the flagship stations for Quincy Media’s broadcast division.

With roots in field reporting and anchoring, Chad has spent the past 29 years working every aspect of radio and television news in markets such as Springfield, IL (WTAX/WDBR, WICS), Tulsa, OK (KOKI), St. Louis, MO (KMOX, KSDK) and Quincy, IL (WGEM).

Chad has been at the helm of WGEM News since 2008. Since then, he has led an award-winning, market-leading news team committed to reporting on important issues that matter to the people of the Tri-States.

Chad is known for his differentiated approach to producing newscasts and for digging deeper into stories. He has received multiple regional Emmy® Awards, Edward R. Murrow Awards, and dozens of awards from broadcasters’ associations in multiple states.

While covering the Illinois State Capitol in the 1990s and early 2000s, Chad was named “Best Investigative Reporter” by both the Associated Press and the Illinois Broadcasters Association—an honor he earned for five consecutive years.

Chad remains closely connected to state government coverage. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association.  He also oversees Quincy Media’s Illinois State Capitol Bureau and coordinates statewide coverage for QMI’s five Illinois television stations and its news/talk radio station.

Chad is a member of the Board of Governors for the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). He serves as the chapter’s Executive Secretary and is a member of the chapter’s Education Committee and Awards Committee.

Chad is an active member of the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Iowa Broadcast News Association. He has served on committees for the Illinois Broadcasters Association and the Missouri Broadcasters Association. He is the Chairman of MBA’s Convention Committee.

Chad has participated in the National Association of Broadcasters’ Executive Development Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Chad was born in Springfield, Illinois, and grew up on his family farm in rural Morgan County, Illinois, near Ashland.

Chad lives in Quincy with his wife and two children. When away from the newsroom, Chad enjoys watching St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball and collects and operates Lionel Trains.

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