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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Arts
8:04 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Poems Bridge American, Lebanese Identities

Susan Azar Porterfield, author of the poetry collection Kibbe

Kibbe is a new book of poems by Susan Azar Porterfield, but it's also a traditional Arabic dish made of ground meat, bulgar, onions and spices. For Porterfield, of DeKalb, the dish recalls memories of her childhood in Chicago.

"My father was Lebanese," she says, "so he missed the food of his homeland. And he would make kibbe and we loved it, we grew up on it."

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Winter Book Series
6:15 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Part Autobiography, Part Method Acting

Cris Mazza, author of Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls

Cris Mazza's new novel, Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls, blends a true story of unrequited love with a fictional attempt by Mazza's alter ego, Hester Smith, to rescue a 14-year-old prostitute.

The first part is drawn from Mazza's experience. The second part is her attempt to explore — as one reviewer put it — the continuum from flirtation to abuse. The story is intricate, so let's begin with a synopsis:

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Winter Book Series
2:53 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Tube Socks And Kielbasa: Author Salutes Dairy State

Author Kyle White
  • Kyle White reads his story "The Wisconsin - Illinois Truce of '07"

Kyle L. White has lived in Sycamore, Ill., since 1991 but he grew up in Stevens Point, Wis. His humorous stories and illustrations, inspired by the Dairy State, have appeared in Peninsula Pulse newspaper, Christianity Today and PRISM Magazine.

His new book collects these stories, and pen-and-ink drawings, in a single volume called Wisconsin River of Grace, published by Cornerstone Press.

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Arts
4:13 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Tube Socks And Kielbasa: Author Salutes Dairy State

Credit Photo by Dan Klefstad

Kyle L. White has lived in Sycamore, Ill., since 1991 but he grew up in Stevens Point, Wis. His humorous stories and illustrations, inspired by the Dairy State, have appeared in Peninsula Pulse newspaper, Christianity Today and PRISM Magazine.

His new book collects these stories, and pen-and-ink drawings, in a single volume called Wisconsin River of Grace, published by Cornerstone Press.

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Business
10:08 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Feds Close Citizens First Bank

Citizens First National Bank served customers in Chicago's western suburbs and the LaSalle area.  On Friday, November 2, the FDIC's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency closed the bank, including its branches in Aurora, Genoa, Huntley and Hampshire. It's the FDIC's policy not to give advance notice of a bank's closing.

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Election 2012
6:11 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Freshman and Newcomer Battle in the 16th

Adam Kinzinger (R) and Wanda Rohl (D)

Illinois' new 16th Congressional District will include parts of Rockford, DeKalb, and the LaSalle area. The old 16th is represented by Republican Don Manzullo of Egan, but last Spring he lost the primary to Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Manteno. Kinzinger was elected in 2010 to represent a neighboring district, the 11th.

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weather
5:12 am
Tue October 30, 2012

NIU Meteorologist: Sandy Threat Low in Illinois

NIU Radar

Northern Illinois has a good chance to avoid the threats of damaging winds and massive rains from Superstorm Sandy.  That's the conclusion of NIU meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste, who's been tracking the storm on the east coast. 

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Northern Public Radio
7:35 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Northern Public Radio's Interim Director Made Permanent

Northern Public Radio Director and General Manager Staci Hoste

Northern Public Radio’s interim Director and General Manager is now permanent.  Staci Hoste succeeds Tim Emmons, who died last February.  She’ll continue to lead WNIJ, Classical WNIU and NIRIS, a reading service for the visually impaired.  Hoste joined the organization in 2008 as its Development Director, or chief fundraiser.  She says raising money will remain a priority for her.

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-Illinois
11:50 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Bones Expert Testifies In Cold Case

An expert witness, plus a jail informant, testified today in the Jack McCullough murder trial. McCullough, 72, is accused of killing of Maria Ridulph in 1957. The trial is being heard by a DeKalb County judge.

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Summer Food Series # 4
5:01 am
Fri July 27, 2012

BBQ "the way it was intended"

  • Morning Edition report from July 27, 2012

For Al Brinkman, barbecue is all about the smoke.  The owner of Al's BBQ Shack in DeKalb, Ill., insists meat should be cooked the old fashioned way: with wood smoke, slowly, for several hours.  "We don't use rubs or marinades," Brinkman says, "and everybody seems to enjoy it that way."

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