Radio and Television, 1997
News Director, WSIU
Greg Todd brings to SIU more than 30 years of experience as a top-rated TV news anchor, reporter, meteorologist and newsroom manager.
Greg quickly turned the quality education and hands-on experience he received as a student at SIU into a successful and fulfilling career in broadcast journalism. Greg received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications with a major in Radio-Television and a minor in Political Science. He also has a Certificate of Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
He spent most of his career working for top-rated, nationally respected newscasts in Seattle, Indianapolis, and San Diego after paying his dues in small markets such as Dubuque, Iowa and Youngstown, Ohio.
He returned to SIU in 2011 as news director of the student-produced newscast, River Region Evening Edition which has aired on WSIU-TV for more than 45 years. The live half-hour broadcast is a perennial winner of national and state honors for the work done by student broadcast journalists under Greg's leadership.
In addition to managing the newscast and newsroom, Greg also teaches in in the Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media.
He knew at an early age what career path he wanted. Greg had an FCC broadcasting license before he was old enough to have a driver’s license. His first job in broadcasting, at age 15, was volunteering to run the audio board at an NPR station in Lincoln, Illinois during “All Things Considered.”
Since then he has logged many thousands of hours on television, covering the stories and issues that are important to people. He’s interviewed the famous and powerful, including Senator Paul Simon, Ronald Reagan, Ted Kennedy, Paul McCartney and Angelina Jolie, to name a few. He's covered stories live on ABC News and CNN. He’s had a front row seat as history is made and lives are changed. He’s been on the air live for hours at a time covering major events and disasters such as tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, windstorms, floods, blizzards and major plane crashes. But his favorite coverage has been the stories of everyday people and the things that make them unique and interesting.
Greg’s commitment to civic involvement has included serving as Board President of the Mental Health Association of Marion County, Board member of the Indianapolis Ballet Theater and emcee/host for major fundraisers and civic events including the Indy 500 Ball and live national broadcasts of the Indianapolis 500 Festival parade.
At Southern Illinois University he works to share with students the knowledge and experience he has gained as a broadcast journalist. His goal is to help them find motivation and passion to turn a good education into a flourishing career and a quality life.