NEWS3 Staff

News Director

Jasmine Garcia


Jasmine Garcia, an Emmy award-winning technical director, came to Western Illinois University in the fall of 2012. She brings a strong background in television production and news writing to the department.

Jasmine earned her Master of Arts in Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she also taught courses in television production. While in grad school, she started her broadcasting career at KVVU FOX5, working in production. It wasn’t long before she received the highest achievement in her field, awarded the Emmy for outstanding technical director for the March 2008 broadcast of Speedway Saturday Night by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Jasmine taught broadcasting at West Liberty University in West Virginia for two years and then moved back into the field, working as the producer of NEWS9 Sunrise, a popular two-hour morning show at WTOV9 in Steubenville, Ohio. In May 2012, WTOV9 became the highest rated NBC TV station in the country for people ages 25-54, making the station number one out of 217 NBC affiliated TV stations in America.

Jasmine’s technical experience, coupled with her producing background, is an asset in the classroom, where she is working one-on-one with student producers, reporters and directors to put together successful newscasts.

Executive Producer

Dan Firnbach

Dan.firnbach Dan first started working for News3 as a reporter in the fall semester in 2011. He grew up close to the Wisconsin border in Johnsburg, Illinois. Just a five-minute drive and you’re in the cheese head state. 

Dan is currently a senior here at Western Illinois University, and after this semester he will be finished with his Bachelor in Broadcasting. After the 2013 spring semester he will be finished with his Bachelor in Journalism, as well. Since starting out as a reporter Dan has held many positions at NEWS3. He was a Sports anchor the following semester on Monday’s newscasts, then on Thursday’s newscast he produced the news. Dan and his production staff won last year's Best Television Newscast Award at Western Illinois. Currently Dan is the executive producer for both newscasts this semester. 

Outside of the news, Dan has also done other work for Western's Broadcasting Department. He has been announcing Leatherneck Volleyball since his freshman year. He is a peer mentor for the department, helping out any students with their projects and classes at WIU. Dan is treasurer for Western's Chapter for the Illinois Broadcasters News Association. 

After graduation this year Dan is looking to intern either in Des Moines, Iowa or Green Bay. He hopes his future position in broadcasting will be as a producer for the news as he fell in love with it last year. His dream job would be producing newscasts in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

When Dan isn’t doing work for the Broadcasting Department he can usually be seen watching "Boy Meets World" or his favorite movie, "Casablanca." He’s a die-hard Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and Michigan Wolverine football fan. Even with his busy schedule he still loves to read, citing his favorite novels are Cloud Atlas and Hatchet.


Michael Broskowski


Michael Broskowski is a senior at Western Illinois University majoring in broadcasting with a minor in journalism. Michael is the producer for Thursday’s show.


A native of Jefferson Wisconsin, Michael is Currently the Director of Broadcasting for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods Baseball League in Rochester Minnesota. While at Western Illinois Michael has broadcasted Football for WIU TV3 as well as Baseball and Women’s basketball for the Leatherneck Sports Network. Michael has previously worked with baseball teams in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Palmer, Alaska. Michael hopes to one-day work as a broadcaster and a media relation’s director in professional baseball. 


Outside of school Michael is an avid sports fan, some of his favorite teams include the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, and the Marquette Golden Eagles. Michael enjoys reading as well as sleeping in his free time.



Jessica Adduci


Jessica Adduci is a junior in the department of Broadcasting. She is currently an anchor for our Monday newscast and a camera operator /  floor director for Thursday’s show. 

Jessica has done a variety of sports podcast for the last two years for the department and this past summer she interned with an independent film director from Shovel Productions out of Chicago. 

Jessica is a fan of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears, she enjoys running, and she hopes to own an animal rescue shelter one day.

Victoria Hanson

Jessica.adduci.Victoria Hanson is a junior and is currently an anchor and assistant producer for our  Monday  newscast. She also is a camera operator for our   Thursday   newscast. Since freshmen year she has worked hard doing podcasts for volleyball, football, soccer, baseball, and swim meets. Victoria is from Cambridge, IL, and hopes to be an anchor in New York.

Jay Jacobs


Jay Jacobs is a sophomore majoring in Broadcasting, from the small town of Harvard, Illinois. He is currently the WIUS-FM Radio News Producer and Announcer, and radio host of Weekend Caffeine on 88.3 FM The Dog.

Jay has interned for his hometown radio station, Harvard Community Radio, as a show host, high school play-by-play announcer, and videographer for one year. And in the same time has won 1 st place awards in collegiate forensic speech. 

Jay’s goal for the rest of his college career here at Western Illinois University, is to get involved in as much as possible, as soon as possible. And he aspires to be an ABC World News Anchor “sometime” in his life. Jay also enjoys reading, stimulating conversation, the Green Bay Packers and good meals!

Stephanie Martin


Stephanie Martin is a Junior in the Broadcasting Department. She is currently a reporter for the Monday and Thursday shows.
While at Western, Stephanie has helped with Spring sporting events, University Television shows, and the Mock Election. This past summer, she worked as a videographer and editor at News Channel 8 in the Quad Cities.
Outside of school, Stephanie is involved in the National Broadcasters Society, steel band, pep band, marching band (Where she is section leader of the Saxophones), and is also helping start the girls music Fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, waterskiing in the summer, and watching movies. 
After graduating, Stephanie plans on staying in the Quad Cities area where she hopes to work at a local news station.




Rachel Steibing

Rachel.steibing.Rachel Steibing is a senior at Western. She currently is an anchor and associate producer for our Thursday   newscast. She also is a peer mentor and SINBA president. 
Since her freshmen year she has been deeply involved in the Department of Broadcasting as a student blogger, reporter, radio DJ, and floor reporter for Road to the White House last year. 
This past summer Rachel had the amazing opportunity to intern at WGN in Chicago. Her goal is to continue to work hard and become a host on “The Talk” 
Rachel enjoys watching movies with friends, going to White Sox games with family, and traveling.

Adam Yingst


Name: Adam Yingst

Year in School: Senior

Major: Broadcasting Minor: Communication

Dream Job: Lead Anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter

Position in Newscast: Anchor, Editor

Fun Facts: Interned at ESPN 1000 in Chicago this past summer got a lot of great hands on experience working for the Waddle and Silvy show.

DJ’s on the weekends here in Macomb at various “social gatherings.”

Cousin was the ex-bassist in the band Incubus, also a distant relative of the inventor of the cotton gin, Eli Whitney.

He is currently in 12, that’s right, 12 fantasy football leagues, had 9 last year.

Host of “Fantasy Fanatics” a fantasy football radio show on 88.3 “The Dog.”

Enjoys reading and other hobbies like that but Fantasy Football takes up most of his time.

Adam has been on 5 different mission trips with his Methodist church back home in Batavia, Illinois.

He has traveled to Kentucky, New Orleans (2 times), Wisconsin and Virginia during those trips.

Adam is actively involved in his organizations here at school. He is currently the Vice President of the Students of Illinois News Broadcasting Association here at WIU. He was formerly the social chairman for the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society. Other organizations include the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and soon Adam will be in the National Broadcasting Society Alpha Epsilon Rho Chapter at WIU. 


Bobby Stochl 

Bobby.stochl.Bobby Stochl is a Senior Broadcasting student with a minor in Sociology. His home resides in the Chain O’ Lakes or more specifically Ingleside, Illinois. He transferred to Western in the Spring of 2010 and has both reported and anchored consecutive semesters for News3. Bobby has taken advantage of the broadcast scholar world and tried his hand in all fields such as radio announcing and production for 88.3 The Dog, hosted Western Weekly, wrote stories for News3 and wrote script for a television show.

Bobby has interned at 102.3 XLC in Waukegan, Illinois and has worked part-time for a marketing and advertising company, Ignition Inc. for the past 2 years. In his spare time in the winters he likes to shoot video of snowmobiling in the Northern Wisconsin area and Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Although he has expressed more interest on camera, Bobby has a goal to produce one of the best commercials in history to air during the Superbowl.

On top of broadcasting Bobby is very involved in the community. He helps volunteer at Lincoln Middle School with their after school tutoring program, is involved with Colleges Against Cancer (CAC), and is the Community Service and Fundraising Chair of his national fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Behind the scenes Bobby enjoys his leisures of taking long walks on the beach, traveling, golfing, reading, mountain hikes and the outdoors, motor sports, boating and wave-running, playing sports, and spending time with his girlfriend Ashlee. 

Dana Zimmer

Dana.karolynName: Dana Zimmer 
Year in School: Senior 
Major: Broadcasting (Minor in Meteorology) 
Dream Job: Weather Forecaster 
Position in Newscast: Weather Anchor 
Fun Facts: A member of Delta Zeta sorority






Nico Haeflinger

Nico.haeflinger. Nico Haeflinger is a Junior Broadcasting major from Marengo, Illinois. He is currently the sports anchor for  Monday 's Live at Four newscast. In his time at Western, Nico has done announcing for Leatherneck Volleyball and Leatherneck Softball as well as reporting and filming for the newscast. Nico's dream job is to work for Comcast SportsNet Chicago as an anchor and host of Chicago Bears postgame live.  

Nico is a huge Chicago Bears fan and has been going to games with his dad since he was five. He is also a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Florida State Seminoles.  

Nico also enjoys playing Madden, NBA 2K, and watching movies from his DVD collection.

Aaron Viner


Aaron is a junior majoring in broadcasting.  He is the current sports anchor for the Thursday newscast, is the play-by-play announcer for the Western Illinois football team on WIU-TV  3, and the sports program director for WIUS-FM the campus radio station.  He has also been the play-by-play announcer for Western Illinois men’s basketball.


While growing up in the Quad Cities, he became a big Green Bay Packers fan, and also developed into a St. Louis Cardinals fan as well.


His dream job is to someday be the play-by-play announcer for the Packers or Cardinals.