CHICAGO – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that Bob Arya, an award-winning and nationally recognized television news anchor/reporter and author, is joining the Office of the Governor as a Senior Advisor.
“Bob understands the challenges and issues that face families across Illinois – he’s been covering them in-depth as a reporter for 17 years. His experience will be a real asset to my administration as we continue working to make life better for senior citizens, working people and their families over the next four years,” said Gov. Blagojevich.
For the past eleven years, Arya has covered news in the Chicagoland area for CLTV. Before that, he was a general assignment reporter in downstate Peoria. Arya’s work has been recognized with the top awards in journalism, including Emmy and Associated Press awards as well as one of the most prestigious of all journalism awards – The Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service.
As a journalist, Arya produced a half dozen critically acclaimed documentaries, including "Prisoner of Progress," which prompted Illinois State Senate sponsored hearings into the conditions at the Kane County Jail, and "Power Struggle," which led to recommendations for tighter restrictions over natural gas fired power plants in the Chicago area. Arya is also a recognized author. His critically acclaimed textbook "Thirty Seconds to Air" is used by college and university students across the country.
“I’m excited about the agenda Gov. Blagojevich has laid out for the next four years, and I look forward to working with him to fulfill goals like expanding health care and increasing the minimum wage again,” said Arya.
Arya started with the Governor’s Office today, November 13.