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Billy Hatfield


Billy Hatfield is the Illinois Capitol Bureau Photojournalist for WGEM News.

Billy has worked at TV stations in Urbana, Carterville, and Springfield, covering stories from all around the state. In the capitol bureau job, Billy aims to capture video that not only shows what is going on in the statehouse, but truly helps the viewer connect with the legislative action. 

Billy’s degree in Agriculture Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gives him a unique and rural view of state politics. Billy was raised on a small cattle farm near Dahlgren, Illinois. He was an active 4-H and FFA member throughout school, and even earned his American FFA Degree.

He is a diehard Cubs and Bears fan who enjoys watching movies and trying to teach his cat tricks. 

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