Niala Boodhoo


Host and Executive Producer,  “The 21st,” Illinois Public Media

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Niala Boodhoo is the host and executive producer of “The 21st,” Illinois Public Media’s radio talk show airing Monday through Thursday, that focuses on statewide issues. She also hosts and anchors for the Illinois Public Radio network, including coverage for election night and the gubernatorial inauguration. Previously, she hosted WBEZ Chicago’s “The Afternoon Shift” and WBEZ’s election night coverage. A native of Florida, Boodhoo created and hosted “The Friday Business Report” on WLRN in Miami and was a multimedia business reporter for The Miami Herald. She is a three-time Edward R. Murrow Award regional winner and a member of ASNE Emerging Leaders Institute, Class of 2018. Boodhoo holds a B.A. in philosophy from Calvin College, an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. in international relations from Florida International University.