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Ethan Simmons
Hello everyone! My name's Ethan Simmons, I'm a senior majoring in journalism with a minor in business. I spent three semesters in the Gies College of Business before transferring into our wonderful media college. I wrote local news stories for The News-Gazette in the summer of 2019, then interned as a business writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this summer. If I'm not writing or looking over stories with my reporters, I'm probably playing basketball, bass guitar or Super Smash Bros., though not all at once.

My inbox is always open for story tips and ideas about campus, Champaign County and east Central Illinois. I'd love to talk with. 

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Ethan Simmons, News Editor

Nov 19, 2020
Champaign County active COVID-19 cases triple in a week (Story)
Nov 19, 2020
Carle Health begins sharing COVID-19 data (Story)
Nov 19, 2020
From tests to protests: UI’s COVID-19 semester in review (Story)
Nov 18, 2020
New Illinois COVID-19 restrictions start Friday as “second wave” begins (Story)
Nov 16, 2020
Illinois hits grim new COVID-19 milestones as cases continue surge (Story)
Nov 12, 2020
November surge breaks records in county, state, nation (Story)
Nov 12, 2020
Champaign County sees deadliest week from COVID-19 (Story)
Nov 09, 2020
COVID-19 continues surge in Illinois, campus (Story)
Nov 07, 2020
Biden wins presidency after days of vote counts (Story)
Nov 05, 2020
COVID-19 cases jump after Halloween weekend (Story)
Nov 05, 2020
University of Wisconsin-Madison to adopt UI saliva tests in spring (Story)
Nov 05, 2020
Local elections hang in balance after UI students cast ballots (Story)
Oct 29, 2020
UI sees biggest COVID-19 surge since lockdown (Story)
Oct 26, 2020
Illinois hits record high in new cases, half of counties in “warning level” (Story)
Oct 26, 2020
UI surpasses 2,500 COVID-19 cases since start of semester (Story)
Oct 26, 2020
Engineers make live, indoor jazz “COVID-safe” (Story/Media)
Oct 26, 2020
Champaign County reaches new highest positivity rate (Story)
Oct 22, 2020
Campus Target Corps. set for grand opening (Story)
Oct 22, 2020
Positivity surges statewide; Champaign County remains steady (Story)
Oct 20, 2020
UI cancels spring break, postpones start of semester (Story)
Oct 19, 2020
Illinois excludes UI from regional COVID data as positivity climbs (Story)
Oct 19, 2020
Campus COVID-19 spread continues to slow (Story)
Oct 15, 2020
CU epidemiologist explains quarantine numbers, campus spread (Story)
Oct 12, 2020
UI police still searching for armed robber (Story)
Oct 12, 2020
UI has lowest week of new cases since summer (Story)
Oct 12, 2020
Peoria Charter heading for November closure without federal, state aid (Story)
Oct 08, 2020
After record-low weekend, University finds 48 new cases Monday (Story)
Oct 08, 2020
Testing sites shift indoors for cold weather (Story)
Oct 08, 2020
Champaign County passes 5,000 total cases for COVID-19 (Story)
Oct 05, 2020
Illinois excluding Champaign County from regional COVID data; two more county fatalities (Story)
Oct 05, 2020
University averages 30 new cases per day since lockdown (Story)
Oct 05, 2020
University suspends study abroad through spring term (Story)
Oct 01, 2020
Illinois governor self-isolates for second time after exposure (Story)
Oct 01, 2020
Coronavirus claims 21st life in Champaign County (Story)
Oct 01, 2020
Safer Illinois adds wait times for testing sites (Story/Media)
Oct 01, 2020
UI COVID-19 costs exceed $300 million; $10 million in tests (Story)
Sep 29, 2020
UI’s new cases swing up on fifth week, over 2,000 tested positive during semester (Story)
Sep 28, 2020
Urbana mayor extends 10-guest restriction on social gatherings (Story)
Sep 28, 2020
Champaign County reaches 500,000 total COVID-19 tests (Story)
Sep 28, 2020
Nearly 5% of UI tested population has been infected as COVID-19 spread continues (Story)
Sep 24, 2020
Champaign County COVID-19 recoveries continue to rise (Story)
Sep 24, 2020
New case rates fall to record lows (Story)
Sep 24, 2020
CU residents object to forced movement of food pantry (Story)
Sep 21, 2020
New cases continue to decline in fourth week of class; 2,000 cases since move-in (Story)
Sep 21, 2020
Champaign County COVID-19 updates: 69 new cases confirmed Sunday, 111 more recovered (Story)
Sep 17, 2020
Modelers “cautiously optimistic” about new campus COVID-19 data (Story/Media)
Sep 17, 2020
Eight students receive suspensions as reports of COVID-19 violations flow in (Story)
Sep 17, 2020
Champaign County COVID-19 updates: University expands saliva tests to community (Story)
Sep 17, 2020
University reaches 2,000 COVID-19 cases: 59 of them faculty, staff (Story)
Sep 14, 2020
Around 200 students under investigation for COVID-19 violations (Story)
Sep 14, 2020
New cases decline during third week of classes (Story)
Sep 14, 2020
Champaign County COVID-19 updates: 136 new cases on Sunday, 323 active (Story)
Sep 10, 2020
Champaign County COVID-19 updates: 158 new cases, 630 active (Story)
Sep 10, 2020
University finds nearly 900 new COVID-19 cases in one week (Story)
Sep 10, 2020
Student food pantry opens at ARC (Story)
Sep 08, 2020
Over 1,100 new cases since classes began. What’s next? (Story)
Sep 08, 2020
Champaign County Labor Day weekend: 364 new COVID cases, 492 active (Story)
Sep 03, 2020
Updated: Over 800 UI students quarantining on and off campus (Story)
Sep 02, 2020
University attributes spike in COVID-19 cases to illegal student behavior (Story)
Aug 31, 2020
Frontline workers protest University reopening at UI President’s house (Story)
Aug 31, 2020
University to change testing schedule for Labor Day (Story)
Aug 30, 2020
Testing update: 280 campus cases of COVID-19 identified from move-in week (Story)
Aug 27, 2020
University releases COVID-19 dashboard: 408 positive tests in 8 days (Story)
Aug 27, 2020
Eighty UI students isolate, quarantine in special rooms (Story)
Aug 27, 2020
COVID-19 enforcement form receives first reports (Story)
Aug 24, 2020
The new campus party: 10 guests maximum, face coverings required (Story)
Aug 24, 2020
The University’s COVID-19 plan: World watches UI’s cutting-edge tests (Story)
Aug 24, 2020
Food recap: Campustown bars, restaurants adapt to indoor dining restrictions (Story)
Aug 19, 2020
Be intentional with your time, maximize college experience (Story)
Aug 18, 2020
Champaign Mayor suspends indoor dining at Campustown restaurants, bars through Labor Day (Story)
Aug 18, 2020
University to monitor entrances of academic buildings with trained employees (Story)
Aug 17, 2020
What will Move-In Day look like this year? Dates, times, procedures, more (Story)
Aug 13, 2020
Gov. Pritzker comes to Urbana, announces first round of Business Interruption Grants (Media)
Aug 12, 2020
University to temporarily close testing sites Thursday, Friday (Story)
May 16, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 15: New drive-thru testing coming to Champaign (Story)
May 15, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 14: U.S. reaches 10 million tests, global death count passes 300,000 (Story)
May 14, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 13: 192 new virus deaths in Illinois (Story)
May 13, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 12: Seventh Champaign County death, nearly 30,000 tested in Illinois (Story)
May 12, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 11: Pritzker says virus projected to peak in Illinois in mid-June (Story)
May 09, 2020
Two University students selected for 2020 Dow Jones intern class (Story)
May 09, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 8: Illinois tests 20,000 residents for virus in single day (Story)
May 08, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 7: Illinois tops 70,000 confirmed cases, 3,000 deaths (Story)
May 07, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 6: University prepares to announce fall plans in June (Story)
May 06, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 5: Rantoul outbreak infects 47, Pritzker outlines Illinois reopening (Story)
May 05, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 4 (Story)
May 02, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for May 1 (Story)
May 01, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 30: Modified stay-at-home order begins Friday (Story)
Apr 30, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 29: Illinois surpasses 50,000 total cases (Story)
Apr 29, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 28: Illinois reaches 2,000 virus deaths, virtual Commencement scheduled (Story)
Apr 28, 2020
UI president announces fall reopening committee (Story)
Apr 28, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 27: Worldwide case count crosses 3 million (Story)
Apr 25, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 24: U.S. passes 50,000 virus deaths (Story)
Apr 24, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 23: Stay-at-home extended, new government stimulus package (Story)
Apr 23, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 22 (Story)
Apr 22, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 21 (Story)
Apr 21, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 20 (Story)
Apr 20, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 19 (Story)
Apr 18, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 17 (Story)
Apr 17, 2020
Pritzker ends in-person instruction for remainder of school year (Story)
Apr 17, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 16 (Story)
Apr 16, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 15 (Story)
Apr 15, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 14 (Story)
Apr 14, 2020
The Daily Illini COVID-19 updates for April 13 (Story)
Apr 06, 2020
Champaign County man dies from coronavirus (Story)
Apr 03, 2020
University of Illinois Laboratory High School teacher arrested on child pornography charges (Story)
Apr 02, 2020
University summer courses to be conducted remotely (Story)
Mar 28, 2020
COVID-19 cases, closures and cancellations: a running list by The Daily Illini (Story)
Mar 27, 2020
Carle begins limited testing for the coronavirus (Story)
Mar 22, 2020
University implements COVID-19 pay protocol for employees (Story)
Mar 21, 2020
COVID-19 confirmed in two University employees (Story)
Mar 20, 2020
Illinois governor issues stay-at-home order statewide (Story)
Mar 17, 2020
Commencement canceled due to COVID-19 (Story)
Mar 16, 2020
Chancellor cancels in-person instruction, calls for students to return home (Story)
Mar 15, 2020
Illinois governor orders closure of bars, restaurants statewide (Story)
Mar 15, 2020
Coronavirus case confirmed in Champaign County (Story)
Mar 13, 2020
Governor cancels schools statewide to curb coronavirus (Story)
Mar 12, 2020
Election complaints hang over contested executive race (Story)
Mar 09, 2020
Illinois Student Government results released Monday (Story)
Mar 02, 2020
Kingfisher mascot set for student vote (Story)
Feb 27, 2020
Vetoed resolution faces divided reactions, potential nullification (Story/Media)
Feb 17, 2020
Divestment resolution passes student senate after contentious meeting (Story/Media)
Feb 13, 2020
Democratic RSOs bring Iowa experience to campus (Story)
Feb 06, 2020
Students, administration tackle University mental health misconceptions (Story)
Jan 27, 2020
MCORE to begin next phase north of Green Street (Story)
Jan 21, 2020
Drone expert recaps US-Iran conflict (Story)
Dec 12, 2019
Leader of iVenture Accelerator lands spot on Forbes 2020 30 Under 30 (Story)
Dec 12, 2019
Campus experts speak on coping, study strategies for swamped students (Story)
Dec 09, 2019
Startup weekend inspires Midwestern student entrepreneurs (Story/Media)
Dec 03, 2019
Student entrepreneur ecosystem combats lack of structure (Story)
Nov 18, 2019
University bottler Coca-Cola leads in plastic pollution (Story)
Nov 07, 2019
California wildfires impact University students (Story)
Oct 28, 2019
ISG department to make faculty sexual misconduct transparent (Story)
Oct 24, 2019
Kingfisher design reignites mascot debate (Story)
Oct 14, 2019
Suburban Express advertises refund form in provocative email (Story)
Oct 07, 2019
Northbound buses return to Wright Street (Story)
Oct 07, 2019
Students build start-up companies in 54 hours (Story/Media)
Sep 26, 2019
Chinese organization condemns Hong Kong protests (Story)
Sep 19, 2019
Construction company plans unique housing in Urbana (Story)
Sep 19, 2019
Citizenship policy impacts US military, unauthorized immigrants (Story)
Sep 13, 2019
PTSD training sessions hope to counter first responder suicides (Story)
Sep 05, 2019
Hong Kong student protesters share stories from the front lines (Story)
Aug 26, 2019
MCORE’s days on Wright are numbered (Story)
Jun 06, 2019
Free speech group files lawsuit against UI (Story)
May 28, 2019
Urbana kicks off summer with Uncork Wine Festival (Story)
May 10, 2019
Construction intensifies along Armory and Wright (Story)
May 02, 2019
Students satisfied with manually-generated finals schedules (Story)
Apr 15, 2019
Robot arm serves coffee to community (Story)
Apr 01, 2019
Construction aims to reduce potential conflict (Story)
Mar 25, 2019
Career professionals stress experience (Story)
Mar 11, 2019
Otter Chaos: mascot referendum fails amid online havoc (Story)
Mar 07, 2019
Alumni preserve Peruvian penguins (Story)
Feb 25, 2019
Student proposes historical UI mascot (Story)
Feb 18, 2019
Natural History Building achieves LEED gold status (Story)