The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Bradyn Wambach (right) and Gentry Cospy (left) hold the planchette while communicating with spirits through an ouija board at Airtight Bridge on Wednesday night, Oct. 12. The group performed a séance in the middle of Airtight Bridge in an attempt to communicate with spirits, with help from Tristen Marlow.  Some spirits include Diana Marie Riordan-Small, a resident of Bradley, Ill, who dissappeared from her home a short time before her remains were found in Airtight Bridges river bed.

Investigating Airtight Bridge

Luke Taylor, Editor-in-Chief October 26, 2022
A local paranormal investigation crew looks into the site of Coles County's most haunting murder.

COLUMN: An ex-Catholic’s review of Midnight Mass

Elise Keane, Columnist September 29, 2021

When I was a kid, religion was important to my family, more specifically being Catholic. One of the facets of being a child in Catholicism was a weekly class called REP, or religious education program.   We...

Victoria Tegge (left), a nutrition and dietetics major, and Olivia Triplett, an elementary education major, color together in the North Quad on Monday afternoon.

Popcorn Talk: ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’ (2006)

Logan Raschke, Podcast Editor July 2, 2020   • This podcast is also available on Anchor, Apple Podcasts and five other platforms! Click here to find...

Ben Zigterman, reporter for the News-Gazette, and Joe Astrouski, journalism professor and former reporter for WAND-TV, refer to the projector of slides during their discussion detailing their personal experiences covering the kidnapping and murder trial of Yingying Zhang, a crop scientist from the University of Illinois, Wednesday at the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s Lecture Hall. During the discussion, Zigterman and Astrouski played a wired recording in which Brendt Christensen, the graduate student from the U of I who was convicted for Zhang’s abduction and murder, confesses to his ex-girlfriend (the person wearing the wire) the crime. In the recording, Christensen is heard saying that he choked Zhang for 10 minutes while she struggled. Zigterman said that recording helped expose how truly “debased” Christensen was.

Journalists talk covering Yingying Zhang murder trial

Ryan Meyer, Staff Reporter February 20, 2020

Two reporters who covered the kidnapping and murder trial of University of Illinois student Yingying Zhang in 2017, Ben Zigterman of the News-Gazette and Eastern’s own journalism instructor Joe Astrouski,...

Charleston woman charged with 1st-degree murder of 2-year-old son

Mike Santoria, Contributing Writer December 7, 2017

A Charleston woman was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon after police found her 2-year-old son dead in a portable playpen. In a press conference on Thursday, State’s...

Student dies in shooting on Seventh Street

Staff Report April 23, 2017

Staff Report | @DEN_News One man died and another was injured in a shooting incident at 2:28 a.m. Saturday on the 1000 block of Seventh Street. The man who died was identified in a press release sent...

Steeples’ status pretrial, jury trial dates set

Amanda Wilkinson, Online Editor June 30, 2014

A status pretrial and a jury trial were set Monday during a status trial for Larry Steeples, a man facing first-degree murder charges. Steeples, 52, will have a status pretrial on July 28 and a jury...

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