Peter Gray

Peter is the local host for NPR's news magazine Morning Edition and is on the air from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays.  When he is not waking up listeners with news and weather, he reports on Springfield city government, topics related to health care and the Central Illinois arts scene.  Peter is also a regular contributor to Illinois Edition, which he hosts during the noon hour each Friday.

Peter is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where he focused his fine arts degree on digital video production.  Before graduating in 2007, he produced a feature-length documentary film shot on-location in Spain.  The project was underwritten by a university grant and screened for the public during an on-campus student research conference.

In 2008, Peter began his career in broadcasting at WANDTV-17 (NBC) , where he worked as a general assignment reporter at the station's statehouse news bureau in Springfield.  He covered a wide range of public affairs and  government issues, including the impeachment of former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Peter joined WUIS in fall 2011 and is glad to be part of the University of Illinois Springfield community.  He plans to pursue his M.A. in Communications, specializing in long-form journalism and documentary production.

NPR Story
4:33 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Will Cougars, Black Bears And Gray Wolves Be Protected In Illinois?

Nov. 21 photo of male mountain lion, euthanized by IDNR

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 11:19 pm

The Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources wants to add black bears, gray wolves and cougars to the state's list of protected species. But there is disagreement on how much protection should be given when there is a safety concern.

On November 20, 2013, a family near Morrison, Ill. asked state conservation police officers to kill a cougar found hiding under a building on their land.

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NPR Story
12:12 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You?

Chad Colby shows Midwest farmers how GPS controls the high-definition camera attached to the UAV.
Peter Gray/WUIS

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 4:27 pm

Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

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4:14 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

DOT Extends Fuel Emergency As Propane Costs Fall

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:26 pm

Truckers delivering much-needed heating fuel to homes and businesses throughout the Midwest will remain on the road longer now that the federal government has extended regional emergency declarations

Liquid propane was in short supply in dozens of states during the month of January.  

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Natural Resources
2:49 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Cougar Under The Corn Crib: DNR Says Landowners Called The Shots

The 5-6 ft. male cat found near Morrison, Ill.

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:19 pm

Dept. of Natural Resources employees have discussed adding cougars to the list of protected species in Illinois.

But in a phone interview with WUIS, IDNR spokesman Tim Schweizer said currently "it’s up to the landowner” to decide whether a potentially threatening animal should be put down.  

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NPR Story
5:20 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Illinois Pumpkins On Thanksgiving Tables

John Ackerman's family farm, just east of Morton, Ill.
Peter Gray/WUIS

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 8:59 am

This Thanksgiving, hungry families all over the country will finish off their holiday meal with a little slice of the Midwest. That’s because the vast majority of all pumpkin that comes from a can and winds up in a pie got its start on a vine in Illinois.

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NPR Story
4:11 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Kids And Concussions: Advocate Pushes For Limits On Hits In High School Sports

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 8:25 pm

Coaches in Illinois are required by state law to remove from a game or practice any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion.

But responding quickly after a hard hit isn't enough for a former football player from the Chicago area who now advocates nationwide to prevent injury to still-developing brains.

In the latest report from the WUIS Health Desk, Peter Gray reports on a push for Illinois to follow the NFL and other states in limiting days of full contact football practice.

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NPR Story
8:18 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Honeybee Health In Illinois: A Tale Of Two Apiaries

Peter Gray/WUIS

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 10:40 am

The stakes are high for honeybees.

A survey conducted by the USDA shows apiaries continue to lose nearly one third of hives each year.

That has led some environmental activists to push for further restrictions on a pesticide used to treat seed corn.

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