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Andrea Lane Zinga (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 10/30/1949 (Macomb, IL)
Race: White
Religion: Lutheran
Residence: Coal Valley, IL
Education: BA in Education from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL; MS in Radio/Television from University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Occupation: News Anchor
Office Type: U.S. House -- Illinois District 17 

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Andrea Lane Zinga was born in Macomb, Ill., and has spent two-thirds of her life in west-central Illinois.

She graduated as valedictorian from Macomb High School in 1967, then stayed in her hometown to earn a bachelor's degree in education from Western Illinois University.

After teaching briefly in Springfield, Ill., Zinga went back to school herself, pursuing a broadcasting career that she had sampled while working for a Macomb radio station in high school and during summers in college.

She earned a master's degree in radio and television from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1977, and landed her first television job at a station in Baton Rouge, La.

Zinga put her broadcasting career on hold in 1978 to study in England for a year as a Rotary International Fellow in Journalism.She has since worked as reporter, anchor and producer at stations in five states.

Zinga's stops included three years as an anchor at CNN, where her work the night of the Olympic Park bombing in 1996 earned an Emmy.

More than half of her television career was spent in the Quad Cities, where she was working as an anchor when she decided to leave broadcasting to campaign for Congress.

Zinga and her husband, Chuck McClurg, were married in December 2003 and live in Coal Valley, Ill., near the Quad Cities.

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This is Andrea Zinga's first bid for public office.

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