kevin capie hire

Kevin Capie will be The Vidette's new Editorial Adviser. Capie replaces current adviser John Plevka who will be retiring May 31.

Kevin Capie was named as The Vidette’s next editorial adviser.

Capie replaces John Plevka, who retired Tuesday after being in the position for a decade

Capie comes to Illinois State University with a teaching background at Bradley University as professor of various journalism courses during his time there. Before teaching at Bradley, Capie worked as a sports reporter for the Peoria Journal Star for 20 years. 

With his experience in the field and inside the classroom, Capie hopes to share his knowledge with students working at The Vidette and students within the School of Communication. 

“In terms of my experience, [I want] to bring that breadth of knowledge and be able to share my experience because when I was at the paper, it was really that transitional time moving from print-only to adding more digital features and things like that,” Capie said.

Capie said as he comes into this role, he looks forward to hitting the ground running and taking The Vidette to the next level with its digital-only era.

Additionally, he said he is eager to build relationships with the students and help them prepare for internships and jobs during their time at ISU and after graduation. 

“[I look forward to] being able to work with them, mentor them and help them grow,” Capie said.

"[I also look forward to helping] the students become great journalists and get that experience, that way once they do graduate – and even before graduation, with internships – they’re able to step out right away and be able to contribute to whatever organization they’re with."

WGLT General Manager R.C. McBride emphasized the excitement that he and the School of Communication share when it comes to Capie stepping into this role. 

“We’re really excited to have someone with Kevin’s journalistic chops and classroom experience lead The Vidette into the next era. He has the teaching, relationship-building skills, writing and editing experience to mentor The Vidette’s next generation of journalists,” McBride said.

"Kevin is the perfect person to follow the work done by John Plevka, Rick Jones and Harry Theil before him."

KELLIE FOY is Editor in Chief for The Vidette. She can be contacted at  Follow Foy on Twitter at @kellie_foy  

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