Adjunct Faculty: F-M
Terri Hemmert began her career as an On-Air personality at WCMF in Rochester, NY and subsequently moved to Chicago where she served as Program Coordinator for WGLD (currently WVAZ) in Chicago. Currently she can be heard on WXRT-FM from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day and is also host of Breakfast With the Beatles, Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. In 2010, Terri was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Dave Heppner is a Columbia College Chicago Radio Department Alumni who has been teaching Radio Production at the school since 1990. He was a Producer, Production Engineer, and On-Air Talent at 105.9 WCKG-FM and at 107.9 WYSY-FM. Throughout his radio career he has worked with Steve Dahl, Rich Koz, and Mitch Michaels. Currently he works as a freelancer in all aspects of audio production from writing, producing, engineering, and voice-overs.
Thom Johnson came to Chicago to help start a satellite talk network, and in the process, became the Senior Talk Producer for Fred Winston and Don and Roma at WLS Talk Radio. Besides producing, he also was News Anchor for mid-days and afternoons, and a Talk Show Host at WLS. Thom's vast experience helped him land at NBC-5 in Chicago as a Reporter. Thom has won an Emmy as well as several Professional Journalism awards for reporting. Thom currently is seen as a Traffic Anchor at ABC-7, Chicago.
Jeff Kapugi is a 30 year radio veteran in numerous markets including St. Louis, Tampa, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Currently he is the Vice President of Country Programming/Program Director at WUSN, 99.9 FM in Chicago. He is a 1988 Columbia College Chicago graduate who was the Operations Manager of the school station, WCRX-FM from 1985-1988.
Jennifer Keiper is an alumni of the Radio Department and currently is the Midwest Correspondent at Fox News Radio. She is the former News Director of WLS-AM and has also spent time at WBBM-AM/FM, WXLC-FM/WKRS-AM, AND WCRX-FM. She has a Masters degree in Journalism and has received numerous awards including an Edward R. Murrow Award from the RTNDA and two Associated Press Awards. She currently teaches a Radio Writing and Newscasting course.
Bob Kessler began his radio career as a Producer at WGN-AM. When Ramsey Lewis was named as a Morning Drive host at WNUA-FM, he was hired as the writer/producer for the program. He has been a freelance news journalist for WGN since 1997, serving as a weekend news anchor, part-time reporter and fill-in anchor.
Althea Legaspi is a writer/journalist and adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago. She's NPR-affiliate WBEZ's "Eight Forty-Eight" on-air music critic; her features also air on "All Things Considered" and "Worldview." A regular contributor to The Chicago Tribune, she's written for numerous publications, including: USA Today, Independent UK, Time Out, and Relix Magazine. Additionally, she has served as an on-camera correspondent for Rollingstone.com, HOB.com and the televison show "Sound Opinions."
Josh Liss has been the Sports Director and Morning Sports Anchor at WBBM since August of 1998. He studied Broadcast Journalism at Columbia College Chicago, earning his degree in 1995. While in college, Josh began his career producing and reporting for Sports Radio Nightly, an all-night sports network that aired on WVVX 103.1FM. Josh has won numerous awards during his career, including Associated Press, Illinois Broadcasters Association and Peter Lisagor Honors for sports anchoring and reporting.
Jeff Lupetin has been a national voiceover actor for over 25 years and a popular teacher for 10 years. You can check out his work at loopytalk.com. Recently, Jeff won a Directing Audie Award for "Word of Promise." His voice was also heard on camera for the Oprah Winfrey Show. Jeff currently teaches Voice Acting for Animation in the Radio Department.
Nancy Marema has been teaching at Columbia College since the fall of 2000. Combined with her time at Columbia, Nancy's teaching career spans over twenty-five years. Nancy received her BA in Speech Communications and the Performing Arts from DePaul University and she attended graduate school at Northeastern Illinois University. Nancy is currently teaching Voice and Articulation classes for the Radio Department.
Charles Matlock started his DJ career in Chicago in 1984 and by 1985 he had his first club residency. In 1989, Charles founded Timeless Productions and began producing events in Chicago. Charles is also an entertainment attorney and his clients include many musical artists. Charles wrote the curriculum for and currently teaches an introductory and advanced level Club DJ class in the Radio Department.