My name is Megann Horstead, and I am a freelance news reporter with a strong digital-first mentality. I have worked hard to hone skills in my craft over the years, with the goal to become a top candidate for journalism jobs. I earned a journalism degree from North Central College, a liberal arts college in Naperville, Illinois. My byline has been featured in the news for the Daily Herald, Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald, The Herald-News, Morris Herald-News, My Suburban Life, WSPY News, WCSJ News and more. It is my hope to become a full-time staff reporter. Highlights from my resume include:

Coordinate and conduct interviews via email, phone and in person

Exhibit clear ability to write across media

Daily management of social media accounts

Demonstrate solid skills in photojournalism

Possess sound working knowledge of AP Style

2,000-plus articles produced for print, online and broadcast radio news

Maintain proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office suites

If interested in working with me, feel free to contact me. 

Dean Alonistiotis, chief of staff for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago 

Great work on the MWRD budget.

Kevin Solari, former editor of DeKalb Daily Chronicle 

You were a reporter who came up with good ideas and produced well-reported stories.


Nick Galvan, boxing instructor for Resolve Fitness & Health

Huge thank you to the Morris Herald-News for doing this awesome article on our boxing program.

Jan Quillman, Joliet Councilwoman

She comes to those council meetings all the time. She writes her stories. She's very accurate. She doesn't make stuff up. She doesn't twist people's words. She writes what people actually say instead of trying to put a spin on it.

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Bob Rakow, editor of My Suburban Life

I like the stories you've been turning in. The Giving Tuesday and the business developments despite the pandemic stories were both solid. In fact, every story on our website this morning were written by you. You're taking on meeting coverage for the village as well as D99 and D58, which comes at an ideal time given the push to increase coverage in Downers Grove.

Marney Simon, former editor of Morris Herald-News

Your writing is very clean and well done.


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