Jon K. Broadbooks is director of communications for the Illinois REALTORS®. He joined the association in 2012 after more than two decades as a reporter and editor. Most recently he was executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and held top editing roles in Utica, N.Y., and Hattiesburg, Miss. He served on the national board of the Associated Press Media Editors and on the board of the the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association. Broadbooks has a bachelor’s degree in history/political science from King College in Bristol, Tenn., and a master’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.