Guy Stephens

WNIJ Here and Now Host

Guy Stephens is the local host for NPR's Here and Now on WNIJ.  He also produces news stories for the station, and coordinates our online events calendar, PSAs and Arts Calendar announcements.  In each of these ways, Guy helps keep our listening community informed about what's going on, whether on a national or local level.  Guy's degrees are in music, and he spent a number of years as a classical host on WNIU.  In fact, after nearly 20 years with Northern Public Radio, the best description of his job may be "other duties as required."


Interim president gets the job
5:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New President For Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College's new president, Michael Mastroianni.
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After a national search, Rock Valley College has gone in-house for its new president.  The College's Board of Trustees today announced it has selected Michael Mastroianni as RVC's sixth president.  

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6:17 am
Mon March 31, 2014

NIU Production Seeks To Add Layers And Lyricism To Play

Patricia Skarbinski
Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ

The NIU School of Theatre and Dance’s current production is Ketty Fring’s 1958 stage adaptation of Thomas Wolfe’s coming-of-age novel “Look Homeward, Angel.”  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens spoke with the show’s director, Patricia Skarbinski.  The School is mounting its productions away from its home in NIU’s Stevens Building this year while the facility undergoes renovation. Skarbinski says that was just one of the challenges of the show.

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Community Close-Up
6:20 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Community Close-Up: Small Town Not Just Smallville

The northern Illinois town of Plano stood in for Smallville in the Superman movie released in 2013.  While residents have embraced the recognition that came with the film, they want everyone to know the town is more than a Hollywood backdrop.

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Judge rules no more wait
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Now Available In DeKalb County

Civil Union supporters gather on the DeKalb County Courthouse steps during a 2011 rally.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Same-sex couples in DeKalb County don't have to wait until June 1st to get a marriage license. That was the decision approved by a judge today, and means couples can begin applying for licenses immediately.

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I-90 construction
6:06 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Seven Northern Illinois Bridges To Close In March For I-90 Work

Credit Illinois Tollway

Seven local bridges crossing over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Boone, McHenry and Kane counties are scheduled to close in March for removal and  reconstruction as part of the Illinois Tollway’s I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project.  Another will close later in the spring.  It's expected the bridges will remain closed into the fall.  

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5:23 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Second Illinois County Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

Marissa Meli, 28, and Laura Meli, 27, have been in a relationship for more than eight years, and on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 became the first same-sex couple outside of Cook County to get a marriage license.
Credit Sean Powers / WILL

Champaign County issued its first marriage license to a same-sex couple Wednesday, the second county in Illinois to do so.  Laura and Marissa Meli are University of Illinois law students who've been a couple for eight years. 

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6:20 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Classical? Blues? - It's All Music, Musicians Say

Corky Siegel and Michael Miles
Alexa Farris WNIJ
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4:32 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Waste Management Agrees To Take Extra Precautions At Landfill

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A DeKalb County Circuit Court judge has ordered Waste Management of Illinois, Inc. to take extra precautions to prevent the release of noxious gases in the wake of a Jan. 14 incident that was blamed for sickening dozens of students and staff at Cortland Elementary School. 

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6:20 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Cover Crops: Good For The Farmer, Good For The Earth

Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ

In some Illinois farm fields this winter, hidden beneath the ice and snow, there are crops farmers have planted that won’t ever go to market, but could ultimately affect the farmers’ bottom line.  Cover crops could have an impact far beyond that.

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6:10 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Past As Prologue: Chinese Students At NIU

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Northern Illinois University’s President Doug Baker has called for increasing the school’s ties with Chinese institutions. That would include having more students from China on the DeKalb campus.  In one school within the university, a number are already here -- and have been for a long time.

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