Dana Heupel is executive editor of Illinois Issues and director of publications for the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield. He oversees all aspects of the magazine and the other center publications. Before being named to the position in January 2008, he covered Illinois state government as a reporter and editor for GateHouse News Service and Copley News Service. He also has served as city editor of the (Springfield) State Journal-Register; the Fresno (Calif.) Bee; the (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Journal-Gazette; and the (Kendallville, Ind.) News-Sun, and assistant city editor for the Indianapolis Star.
Among various honors, he conceived and coordinated a newspaper series on the relationship between campaign contributions and Illinois state contracts that won the national George Polk Award for Political Reporting, and he was named Illinois Associated Press Member of the Year for coordinating a statewide open records project. He holds a journalism degree from Indiana University, Bloomington.