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.




Politics on Tap
6:35 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Beer And Politics Really Do Mix

Adam & Eve at the Oasis, Rockford
Dan Libman

As we approach the November election, WNIJ decided to go beyond its usual in-depth coverage of the issues and candidates. So we invited Pushcart Prize-winning author Dan Libman to visit places where voters are most likely to speak their minds: their local bars. To close the "distance" of a reporter's microphone, Dan used an iPhone to interview imbibing voters.

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2014 Summer Book Series
6:40 am
Fri June 27, 2014

No Spoiler: Frances Kills, Then Chats With God About It

"This is the story of a retired high school Latin teacher who murders her son-in-law."

That's what Robert Hellenga wanted on the cover of his latest novel, The Confessions of Frances Godwin.

"I felt it was necessary to give some oomph to the story," Hellenga explains. "Otherwise, the memoir of a retired Latin teacher doesn't sound too exciting."

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2014 Summer Book Series
6:31 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Award Winning Memoir "Maps" Author's Journey

In less than a week, Barrie Jean Borich won two big awards this spring for her latest book, Body Geographic.

On May 28, her memoir tied for a gold medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, or IPPYs. Then on June 2 it won a LAMMY, or Lambda Literary Award, which recognizes LGBT authors.

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10:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Tim Emmons Memorial Center To Be Dedicated

Tim Emmons, 1958-2012.

Northern Public Radio will dedicate the Emmons Memorial Visitor Center in memory of Tim Emmons this Thursday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m.

Northern Illinois University President, Doug Baker, will speak at the dedication. Other speakers will include Vice President of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development, Anne Kaplan, and Northern Public Radio Director and General Manager, Staci Hoste.

A tour of the station will follow at 6:15 p.m.

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6:40 am
Fri June 13, 2014

DeKalb Author Waxes Poetic In Prose

Joe Gastiger, author of Loose Talk.
Credit Dan Klefstad

Joseph Gastiger writes prose poems, a hybrid form that reads like fiction but uses poetic imagery. He prefers writing this type for two reasons.

"I found it made certain stories in my life more available," he says, "rather than break whatever it was I was trying to say into lines."

In an interview with WNIJ, Gastiger said the form allowed his sentences to flow more easily, and led to more surprises. The other reason:

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Summer Book Series 2014
6:44 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Rockford Native Mines His Past For First Book

Gary Lawrence is a Rockford native who uses familiar sights and people in his fiction. In Baffled and Other Stories, Lawrence takes us to the "On the Waterfront" and "Summerfest" music festivals.

One of his characters works for an aerospace firm named "Sundstrom" (a nod to his former employer Sundstrand). And two stories are set in Rockford's West High School, now West Middle School, during the early 1970s. 

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2014 Summer Book Series
9:12 am
Tue June 3, 2014

2nd Big Award For Summer Book Series Author

Barrie Jean Borich, author of Body Geographic.
Credit Dan Klefstad

First an IPPY, now a LAMMY.

Barrie Jean Borich was honored last night in New York City at the 26th annual Lambda Book Awards for her creative memoir, Body Geographic.

Borich's book is featured in WNIJ's Summer Book Series, which airs Friday mornings this month.

Of last night's award, Borich tells WNIJ:

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12:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

O'Hare, Midway Flights Grounded By Smoke

Credit Payton Chung / "O'Hare Concourse C" CC by 2.0

Incoming and outgoing flights at Chicago's airports were halted today after smoke emerged from a regional radar facility. 

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2014 summer book series
11:45 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Summer Book Series Author to Accept Top Award

Barrie Jean Borich
Credit www.barriejeanborich.com

(Updated May 26)

This week, one of our Summer Book Series authors will accept a gold medal for her latest work, a creative memoir. Barrie Jean Borich will be honored Wednesday by the Independent Publisher Book Awards, or IPPYs, for Body Geographic. The book is the third installment of WNIJ's series which airs next month.

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2:57 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Series Reveals The Secret Life Of A Food Stamp

Credit Marketplace and Slate

Marketplace and Slate continue their series The Secret Life of a Food Stamp by asking: What if Wal-Mart paid its employees more?

Slate's Andrew Bouve produced a video which estimates how much more Wal-Mart might have to charge for some products, if it raised wages high enough so that a typical worker would no longer qualify for food stamps.

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