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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Your Health
12:34 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

How Healthy Is Your County? Check Out This Interactive Survey

Credit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Four counties in northern Illinois are ranked among the healthiest 20 of the state's 102 counties.

That's according to a survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It allows you to measure health outcomes and factors in every U.S. county. It also lets you compare data from one county to another.

For example, if you wanted to know the number of primary care physicians per resident, there's an answer. By the way, the ratio for DeKalb County is 1 doctor per 2,910 residents. For Winnebago County it's 1 per 1,367 residents.

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Election 2014
4:07 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Rematch In Illinois' 14th Congressional District

Matt Streb, chair of NIU's political science department

For the second time, Dennis Anderson won the Democratic primary in the 14th U.S. House district. That means he's in a rematch this November with incumbent Randy Hultgren, who defeated Anderson in 2012. The district covers McHenry County and reaches into the DeKalb County city of Sycamore.

Northern Illinois University political scientist, Matt Streb, says Anderson again faces an uphill battle:

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Election 2014
6:45 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Roundup Of Primaries In 14th, 8th And 18th Congress Districts

Matt Streb, chair of NIU's political science department

Click the link above to hear Matt Streb discuss the Democrats competing in the 14th and 18th Congressional Districts, and the Republicans seeking the nomination in the 8th District.

In the interview, Streb also explains why it's important for underfunded and even unpolished candidates to compete for the right to challenge well-funded and experienced incumbents.

Be sure to join us next Tuesday, March 18, for election night coverage. Streb will join Dan Klefstad live in the studio to discuss results as they come in. Special coverage begins at 7:00, after the polls close.

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Election 2014
10:45 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Onetime Tea Party Favorite Battles Founder of Rockford Party

Incumbent Adam Kinzinger (L) and challenger David Hale.

In 2010, political newcomer Adam Kinzinger defeated an incumbent Congresswoman, Debbie Halvorson, in the 11th Congressional District. Halvorson, a conservative Democrat, had high marks from the National Rifle Association. Kinzinger had the nascent Tea Party on his side.

What a difference four years makes.

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Election 2014
6:44 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Streb: Uphill Battle for GOP Senate Nominee

Republican U.S. Senate Candidates Doug Truax, left, and Jim Oberweis
Credit Campaign websites

Whoever wins the Republican primary for U.S. Senate will have an uphill battle this fall, according to Matt Streb. The political scientist at Northern Illinois University says incumbent Democrat Dick Durbin has $5 million in the bank and is "very popular" in the state.

Durbin is unopposed in the March 18 primary. The men who would replace him are Jim Oberweis, a state Senator, and West Point graduate Doug Truax.

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Election 2014
6:43 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Streb: Quinn Will Win Easily Primary Day

Matt Streb chairs NIU's political science department

Six months ago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign was in trouble. Attorney General Lisa Madigan was weighing a primary challenge and declared challenger Bill Daley blasted Quinn for failing to solve the state's pension problem.

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2013 Winter Book Series
6:24 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Author, Father Share Brief Reunion In California Surf

Imagine your father pulling you out of school to tell you he killed a man. How would you react to this news?

Kelly Daniels was nine when his father announced he killed a cousin, a drug dealer. The elder Daniels was already a stranger, having left his family months earlier.

Driving away from the school, his father says, "You can cry if you want."

Daniels describes his reaction in Chapter 1 of Cloudbreak, California:

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2013 Winter Book Series
6:40 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Poems Spring From Author's Dreams

"Noctambulous" means of, pertaining to, or given to sleepwalking, according to Dictionary.com. It is also the first poem in a new collection by Ricardo Mario Amézquita:

Solid ground                        floating on sea

not lost                                  iceberg belief

isolated                                 suspended

to reoccur                            cyclic amnesia

From myself                         in vacuum

the picture of a flame/ reaching home

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Transmitter Problems
5:22 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

WNIJ & WNIU Operating At Reduced Power

Well, it looks like Mr. Icicle got his hands on our main transmitter. The ice coating risks overheating sensitive equipment, so we must operate at reduced power. To get the full WNIJ and WNIU experience, stream us live on our new app. Visit Google Play or the Apple store to download your free mobile app.

Thanks for your patience!

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2013 winter book series
6:33 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Thinking Like Thoreau At Michigan Cabin

In the 1850s, Henry David Thoreau spent two years at a cabin in the woods near Concord, Mass. The cabin, at Walden Pond, is where he wrote his most famous work, Walden; or, Life in the Woods. In it, he writes:

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately ... to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life ... to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.

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