Jenna Dooley

WNIJ All Things Considered Host

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 former Recording Secretary for the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Jenna Dooley

The Rockford Police Department is switching to a fully encrypted system for radio transmissions. The changes take effect Monday morning.

Police Chief Daniel O’Shea says the move is meant to stay one step ahead of those who commit crimes.

Jenna Dooley

DeKalb’s Beloved Community holds regular gatherings to talk about a range of topics including race and religion. This month, the group met at Hopkins Park to discuss statistics involving officer-involved shootings. 

Beloved Community of DeKalb

President Barack Obama visited Dallas Tuesday in the aftermath of the killing of five officers protecting a Black Lives Matter protest last week. His comments since the event last Thursday have addressed racial tensions in that city and around the country.

Tackling issues of racial tensions has been part of a community dialog in DeKalb in recent months.

Jenna Dooley

There were many Fourth of July celebrations across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin Monday night.

The DeKalb Municipal Band performed a program called "A Star Spangled Spectacular" in Hopkins Park.  Hundreds of people gathered around the band shell dressed in red, white, and blue.

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There’s a summer-camp feel at a northern Illinois center serving adults with developmental disabilities.

On a recent hot day, chickens pecked at a bucket of food mixed with dried worms.

A young woman made excited gestures and echoed the sound of the clucks.

She was led into the coop by Davontay Lewis, a staff member at the Goldie B. Floberg Center in Rockton. The center serves dozens of young adults with developmental disabilities.

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