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Changees announced in NCTV newsroom

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By Jane Wernette

Naperville Community Television, Channel 17, is making some changes to its newsroom, officials announced Thursday.

After being a part of Naperville News 17 since its inception, anchor and producer Jen Hannon is leaving the news team to become the station's community engagement director, responsible for the station's community education initiative, community programming and marketing.

Hannon started her career at NCTV17 as an intern during her senior year at North Central College. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in broadcast communication with a print journalism minor, Hannon joined the NCTV17 staff as both a news reporter for what was then Naperville Connection and a sports reporter covering football, cheerleading, gymnastics and softball.

Over the next couple of years, Hannon moved out of sports and worked her way up to become both the producer of Naperville News 17 in 2010 and the anchor in 2011.

"I have been with the news team here at NCTV17 since its inception. I've seen it change from Naperville Connection to Naperville News 17, we've celebrated 300 episodes, changed anchors, and thankfully had several set changes. Leaving the news is bittersweet, as sharing Naperville's stories will always be a part of my memory," Hannon said.

Current NCTV17 news reporter Jordan Abudayyeh will take over the anchor chair for Naperville News 17, as well as become the show's producer. Prior to working for NCTV17, Abudayyeh was an associate producer at WISN-TV in Milwaukee. She also was the news director of her college station MUTV99 (Marquette University).

"News has always been my passion, and I'm excited to deliver the news to Naperville," Abudayyeh said. "I look forward to covering what's important to the people who live in our community."

Naperville Community Television's mission is to celebrate and preserve the spirit, character and experience of Naperville through diverse and informative programming that connects residents to each other and the community.

All programming can be viewed on Channel 17 on Comcast and WOW! and Channel 99 on AT&T in Naperville or online at The studio is located at 127 Ambassador Drive, Suite 103, in Naperville.

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