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. 


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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Public Safety
6:47 am
Fri May 30, 2014

For Disaster Drill Actors, It's The Performance Of A Lifetime

One of the "actors" at this week's disaster drill at NIU
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

Disaster preparedness drills are designed to give emergency crews a sense of how to respond to a catastrophe. But those involved say it’s more than just a dress rehearsal. At a drill at Northern Illinois University this week, the players did their best to deliver a convincing performance.

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Income tax hike kicked down the road?
5:50 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

House Approves 2015 Illinois Budget

Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, presents budget legislation Tuesday in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Illinois House members went from “doomsday” to “middle-of-the-road” when they approved a scaled-back budget for 2015. 

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Jefferson career series
6:35 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Jefferson Students Reflect On Year Of Big Class Changes

Juliana Solis (centered) watches a film in class
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

Summer vacation. That’s what’s on the minds of most students right about now. But students at Rockford’s Jefferson High School might be thinking a little bit more about their future careers. They’re wrapping up their first full year of learning in a career-academy setting. WNIJ's Mike Moen has been following two Jefferson students, who recently summed up their experience.

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6:22 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Pedestrian Creates A Decade Worth Of Neighborhood Smiles

Richard's "thank-you" jacket
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

May is National Physical Fitness month. It’s the perfect time of the year to encourage people to walk and exercise more. One of our listeners told us about a man in his neighborhood who doesn’t need that encouragement. This man's quest for better health has turned into a decade of spreading goodwill.

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5:34 am
Tue May 13, 2014

New Tests Show Mixed Results For Small Town Dealing With Toxic Water

Credit EPA

Federal officials say residents in a small northern Illinois town affected by contaminated groundwater are safe from the problem. But for how long?

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7:39 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Residents Trying To Get In Last Word Over Com-Ed Plan

The Hope Reins farm in Kane County
Credit Mike Moen/WNIJ

State regulators are still collecting comments before they decide on a proposed transmission line for northern Illinois. As the decision draws closer, many residents continue to sound off over the project being pushed by Com-Ed.

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