Jenna Dooley

WNIJ Morning Edition Producer/Reporter

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield.  For 2012, she was named "Newsfinder of the Year" by the Illinois Associated Press. She is also recipient of the 2014 Donald R. Grubb NIU Journalism Alumni Award. She is not afraid to brag at parties that she has met Carl Kasell, Ira Glass, and Garrison Keillor (and has pictures to prove it!) She is the Recording Secretary for the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.


10:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Rey Calls For "Changing Direction" In State Of The City Address

NIU President Doug Baker (left) DeKalb Mayor John Rey (center) City Manager Anne Marie Gaura (right)
Credit N'Jema McIntyre

DeKalb Mayor John Rey delivered his second "State of the City" address Tuesday. His focus was the future of the city and the role of Northern Illinois University. He says he continues to work with NIU President Doug Baker's leadership team to find ways to make DeKalb more attractive to prospective students and residents.

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9:42 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Sun + Heat = Alert For Sensitive Lungs


It's been an ideal summer so far for people who enjoy the outdoors, but warmer temperatures expected this week could lead to health concerns for some.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Monday issued an Air Pollution Action Day for Kane, McHenry, Lake, Will, Cook, Grundy, Kendall, and DuPage counties.

Kim Biggs, spokesperson for the Illinois EPA, says this is the second Action Day issued this year related to ozone. She says today's weather conditions are part of the perfect recipe for health concerns among those with respiratory or pulmonary diseases:

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6:07 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Sycamore Police Chief Plans To Retire

Donald Thomas
Credit city of Sycamore

Sycamore's police chief announced his intention to retire next year. The city council will consider Donald Thomas' request to retire in January after 13 years. 

If approved, a search for his replacement is expected this summer. 

From tonight's agenda:

"B. Ordinance No. 2014.10—An Ordinance Approving an Employment Agreement

Between the City of Sycamore and Donald Thomas. First and Second Reading.

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11:40 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Prophetstown Historical Society Still Rebuilding One Year After Fire

Volunteers organize photos soon after fire destroyed portions of the downtown (taken August 2013)
Credit Chelsey Fulbright / WNIJ

Two young brothers have pleaded guilty to starting the fire which destroyed a large portion of downtown Prophetstown last summer. Rebuilding is still underway for several displaced occupants, including the Prophetstown Historical Society.

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9:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Youth May Hold Key To Grain Bin Safety

Colin Ebbers, 19, of Dakota, Ill. volunteers to be the victim of a grain bin fall during a demonstration by Stateline Farm Rescue, based in Orangeville, Ill.
Jenna Dooley

A 9-year-old boy died in a grain bin this week in southwestern Wisconsin. While every situation is different, agricultural engineers continue to work on new ways to prevent such deaths. Those involved in the training industry say reaching the younger generation will be an important step to prevent entrapments. 


Rescue Tools

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Sexual Assault
5:08 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Washington, NIU Address Campus Sexual Assaults


A new survey of the nation's top colleges and universities will help shape legislation addressing on-campus sexual assaults. U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri calls it “disturbing” that 41 percent of the responding institutions said they have not carried out any sexual assault investigations in five years.

“Which means they are saying there has been zero incidents of sexual assault on their campuses. That is hard to believe and obviously very problematic,” McCaskill said.

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5:16 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Taiwanese Students Learn How To "Argue" At NIU Camp

Jenna Dooley WNIJ

There are a lot of summer camps to choose from, with everything from sports to arts and crafts.

Two dozen young students from Taiwan are learning with their American peers how to get their point across. This week, the students are taking part in activities designed around the study and debate of alternative energy.

The students from the National University of Tainan's Affiliated Elementary School will stay in DeKalb through mid-July.

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4:40 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NIU Education Leader Sees Lack Of Diversity

La Vonne Neal
Credit NIU

A Northern Illinois University educator wants to help schools close the achievement gap among students of different cultures. Part of the solution involves attracting more teachers from diverse backgrounds into the profession. Dr. La Vonne Neal, dean of NIU's College of Education, has co-authored a book aimed at that goal.


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'Hear Our Cry' March
5:03 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Slideshow: Rockford Deacon Adds Final Steps To Epic Walk

Lou Ness is greeted by supporters and members of the Washington National Cathedral on June 19, 2014
Jenna Dooley WNIJ

After walking from Rockford to the Washington National Cathedral, Lou Ness still had a few miles left in her.

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'Hear Our Cry' March
11:19 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rockford Deacon Arrives In D.C., Plans Thursday Event

Ness being greeted by Bishop Dorsey McConnell on the steps of Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh
Credit Shelter Care Ministries

The director of a Rockford social service agency has completed a 900-mile walk to Washington D.C.

It was no April Fools' Day joke. Deacon Lou Ness has been walking every day since April First with a mission to make it to the nation's capital. It was part of an effort to raise awareness for poverty in local communities. She's the director of Rockford's Shelter Care Ministries. She finished what she started this weekend.

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