News Director, River Region Evening Edition News
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. He’s worked for leading newscasts in Seattle, Indianapolis, and San Diego among others.
He returned to SIU in 2011 as news director of the student-produced newscast, River Region Evening Edition. The live half-hour broadcast is a perennial winner of national and state honors for the work done by student broadcast journalists. Recently, the student newscast was honored by the Illinois Broadcasters Association as the Best Student TV Newscast in the state.
In addition to managing the newscast and newsroom, Greg also teaches a class in Electronic News Writing.
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 a newly launched radio program “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 Paul Simon, Ronald Reagan, Ted Kennedy, Paul McCartney and Angelina Jolie, to name a few. 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 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.
B.S. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 1977
Broadcast Meteorology Certification, Mississippi State University 1998
Broadcast journalism, digital journalism, meteorology, TV performance, audience development, local TV newsroom management, team building and motivation.