Paul Cicchini

Paul Cicchini started his broadcasting career in Big Rapids, MI at a small, family-owned radio station.  He was a one-man newsroom, working as the news director and reporter, delivering the morning news updates on three stations to west-central Michigan and covering city council meetings at night.

He moved to Grand Rapids after two years, eventually working his way up to news director at WOOD Radio. During his tenure he covered the 2012 GOP presidential primary for Clear Channel Radio.

Paul was recruited to television by FOX 17 to work as a producer before moving in front of the camera to cover politics and the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Michigan.

By January 2015, Paul moved to central Illinois where he became the main anchor at WMBD in Peoria. In July, during the special election for the 18th Congressional District, Paul launched Central Illinois On the Record, a Sunday show focused on national, state and local politics. He took the show on the road to cover the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and 2016 Democratic presidential debate in Iowa.

Paul joined WCIA in July 2018, anchoring the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. 

He volunteers with the Pediatric Resource Center and Special Olympics Illinois.

Paul grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and graduated from Eastern Michigan University, majoring in print journalism. He also studied radio broadcasting at Specs Howard School of Media Arts. He lives in Champaign with his fiance Katherine and children Elena and Colin. He loves spending time with his kids, eating home-cooked meals and working out. He wishes there were more hours in the day.

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