Mike Moen

WNIJ Morning Edition Producer

Mike Moen is the Morning Edition producer and serves as a staff reporter for WNIJ.  Every morning, he works with Dan Klefstad to bring listeners the latest Illinois news.  He also works with the rest of the news staff on developing and producing in-depth stories.  Mike is a Minnesota native who likes movies, history, and baseball. When most people hear his last name, they assume he is 100-percent Scandinavian.  But, believe it or not, he is mostly German. 


7:20 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Hive Talkin': Sticking With Beekeeping As A Hobby

Carolyn Hudon surveys one of her bee hives
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

Beekeeping is enjoying a nice comeback in many U.S. states, including Illinois. Renewed interest in the hobby is linked to concerns over declining bee populations. Enthusiasts also say curiosity tends to reel people in.

No matter the case, those with experience say that, while beekeeping is rewarding, it’s not an activity you can just buzz into.

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6:04 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Could Rfd Police Court Fight Pave The Way For Similar Complaints?

Credit Rockford Police Department

In Rockford, a legal fight is brewing between the police chief and union leaders. A legal expert says the case could have implications on how management disputes in other departments are handled.

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6:24 am
Mon June 23, 2014

DeKalb County Embracing Collective Impact Movement

Collective impact is becoming a popular way for communities to address social issues. Instead of working in isolation, various organizations come together to identify key challenges for their residents. The process is now taking shape in DeKalb County.

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6:14 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Mixed News For Illinois' Jobs Picture

Illinois' jobless rate is now at 7.5 percent. It's the third consecutive monthly decrease. And it's at its lowest level since 2008.

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6:21 am
Thu June 19, 2014

500 Jobs Being Cut In McHenry County

About 500 workers in northern Illinois will lose their jobs later this year. That's when printing company Quad-Graphics will close its operations in Woodstock.

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7:12 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The Starting Line For Common Core Training

Credit Flickr user / alamosbasement "old school" (CC BY 2.0)

There's a push across the U.S. to align common core standards in classrooms. The standards, which have been adopted by dozens of states, are defined goals for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade.

But the implementation process doesn't just involve making sure veteran teachers are up to speed. Teaching universities face pressure to prepare tomorrow's educators about what they'll encounter.

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6:34 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Panel Discussing Heroin Prevention Program For Schools

State Rep. John Cabello
Credit State of Illinois

Illinois schools might be asked to teach students about the dangers of heroin use. It would be part of a series of recommendations being discussed by a special task force.

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6:13 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Filling The Summer Food Gap

Credit il.nokidhungry.org

A non-profit says it's seeing more demand for summer meals for low-income students in Illinois.

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5:29 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Heroin's Grip Revisited

Aaron Brown
Credit gracefh.com

Later this week, a legislative panel will meet to finalize a report on addressing heroin use in Illinois. It’s one of two task forces created by the General Assembly to come up with solutions. Their work comes amid concerns about the number of fatal overdoses across the state.

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6:30 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Couples Line Up As Gay Marriage Law Rolls Out

Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

The wait is over for same-sex couples in Illinois to marry. A new state law allowing such marriages went into effect over the weekend. That prompted many couples to line-up at their local county clerk's office on Monday.

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