Illinois Chamber Hires Hahn as Director of Communications

The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, based in Springfield, has hired Melissa Hahn, formerly of Hennepin, as its new director of communications.

Hahn lived in Toluca in Marshall County the first five years of her life before moving to Hennepin with her mother, where they lived until 1986. She attended Hennepin Attendance Center, Hennepin Junior High School and Putnam County High School and received an associate’s degree from Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby. She worked on the student newspaper, served as a member of the student senate, joined the American Chemical Society’s Club at IVCC and participated in theater.

She also has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a bachelor’s degree in radio-television from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Hahn was most recently the press secretary/public information officer at the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office. Prior to that, she was statehouse bureau chief with the Illinois Radio Network and statehouse reporter for WICS-TV Channel 20 and WICD-TV Channel 15.

She has also served as news reporter anchor for several other radio and television stations in Illinois, as a spokeswoman for three other state government agencies and as an adjunct professor in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She was recently voted in as vice president of programs at the Association for Women in Communications in Springfield.

Source: BCR News