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Chicago Office

190 S. LaSalle Street
Suite 1630
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-346-5700
Fax: 312-346-5755

Springfield Office

802 South 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62704

Phone: 217-528-8800
Fax: 217-528-8808

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Scott Reeder

Investigative Journalist


Jackson Adams


About Scott:

Scott Reeder serves as Journalist in Residence for the Illinois Policy Institute. Scott joined the Institute as a journalist after more than 25 years of covering local and state government. He made a national name for himself investigating teacher tenure in Illinois and the lack of accountability in the teacher certification process.

Scott previously served as a national managing editor for the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, where he worked to establish a national network of statehouse bureaus. Prior to his time with Franklin, he ran an Illinois statehouse bureau for 10 years providing customized statehouse coverage for newspapers in five Illinois communities.

Among the journalism awards he has captured are the Investigative Reporters and Editors Freedom of the Information Award, the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting and the John Aubuchon Freedom of Information Award, which is the highest honor of Capitolbeat, a national association of statehouse journalists.

He received his bachelor’s in journalism from Iowa State University and holds a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He and his wife, Joan, reside near Springfield and have three daughters: Grace, Anna and Caitlin.

About Jackson:

Jackson Adams joins Scott Reeder as a reporter for Illinois News Network. He can be reached at

Jackson joined INN after starting his career in journalism with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. Originally from northern Idaho, he worked as a teacher, ski instructor and travel blogger before discovering his passion for investigative journalism. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University in England.