Dan Klefstad

Manager of Content Strategy & Morning Edition Host

As Content Manager, I oversee everything broadcast on NPR WNIJ and Classical WNIU. I'm also responsible for everything that appears on this website and social media pages. If you have a comment or question about what you hear or see on any of our platforms, email me at dklefstad@niu.edu or call 815-753-0081. I look forward to hearing your ideas about how we can better serve the community. I also look forward to waking you up each morning with the latest news and other information during Morning Edition.

Thanks,

@danklefstad

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Politics
9:13 am
Wed December 10, 2014

We Remember Judy Baar Topinka With Favorite Sound Bites

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Illinois political leaders are remembering Judy Baar Topinka.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says he's "heartbroken" about the death of Republican state Comptroller. Topinka's office says she died early Wednesday after suffering a stroke. Quinn called her "a trailblazer in every sense of the word" and a "force of nature."

Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner, a fellow Republican, remembered Topinka for her "magnetic, one-of-a-kind personality." He said she cared "about what was best for the people" of Illinois.

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Politics
4:22 am
Wed December 10, 2014

How Do You Replace Judy Baar Topinka?

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

The death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka raises questions about how to fill her post. According to the state Constitution, it's up to the Governor to appoint a successor until the next election. But election officials are unsure about the process.

That's because the term ends January 12  and an election has already been held.  State Board of Elections Director Rupert Borgsmiller says they are not sure how to handle it: "Nobody knows at this point by looking at the Constitution and the election code itself."

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Employment
1:54 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

WNIJ Seeks Morning Edition Producer

WNIJ seeks a producer and reporter for Morning Edition. This position needs a strong writer who is creative and able to contribute to a fast-paced, content-rich presentation of the news for northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

This position involves writing and editing newscast copy, downloading and editing newscast audio, and gathering and aggregating news for broadcast and digital media.

The producer works closely with the Morning Edition host, and may also act as a substitute host.

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Politics
2:54 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne Dies

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne
Credit Wikipedia

Jane Byrne was Chicago's first and only female mayor. Her daughter Kathy says her mother died Thursday at a hospice in Chicago at age 81.

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Fall Book Bites
6:30 am
Fri November 14, 2014

NIU Author A 'Best American' Writer

Molly McNett, author of the Best American story "La Pulchra Nota."
Credit Dan Klefstad

Ernest Hemingway. Joyce Carol Oates. John Updike. Annie Proulx.

These are just some of the writers whose work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, an anthology of the best fiction published during a calendar year.

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Fall Book Bites
6:53 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Prestigious Journal Includes Rockford U. Poet

Susan Azar Porterfield
Credit Dan Klefstad

This week WNIJ is highlighting shorter literary works from northern Illinois authors. Today, we welcome back Susan Azar Porterfield, who has two new poems in the Barrow Street Journal. Poems appearing in this journal often have been selected for the Best American Poetry anthology, including works by former poet laureate Billy Collins.

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Fall Book Bites
8:53 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Murderer, Tax Dodger's Widow Shake Up Protagonist's World

This Autumn, WNIJ again invites northern Illinois authors to read, and discuss, their stories. Recently, a trio of writers published shorter works that add to the growing body of quality literature from this area. To showcase these quick reads, we created our first-ever "Fall Book Bites" series. We'll welcome back Susan Azar Porterfield and Molly McNett during the next two days. Today, we'll meet G.K. Wuori, author of Infidelity, a novella.

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Election 2014
5:43 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Governor's Race Is A Nailbiter

Credit Wikipedia | www.twitter.com/brucerauner

Democrat Pat Quinn is among nearly a dozen governors at risk of losing their jobs this election. Reasons vary from state to state, but Quinn continues to be dogged by persistent unemployment, low credit ratings, and the worst-funded pension system in the nation. His Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner, began attacking Quinn on these issues before the March primary.

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Election 2014
8:56 am
Thu October 30, 2014

A Tale of Two Democratic Districts, 11 And 8

Congressman Bill Foster (D)
Credit www.billfoster.com

Many political scientists sign up for candidate email alerts, which can reveal clues about a campaign's confidence level. NIU's Matt Streb doesn't sign up for these emails, but Bill Foster's campaign sent him one anyway -- right after his 2012 victory in Illinois' 11th Congressional District.

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Updated with identity of recorder
10:56 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Late Release Of Recording Makes Waves In IL-17

Heidi Schultz

UPDATE, 10/30/14

The man behind the recording that sparked the resignation of Congresswoman Cheri Bustos' top staffer has been identified. He's Austin Quick, a seminary student who worked for Bustos' opponent Bobby Schilling during his 2010 campaign. Quick is also a Northern Illinois University graduate who served as a Student Association Senator. He had a hand in several Republican candidates' campaigns, including State Representative Tom Demmer and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. 

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