Susan Stephens

WNIJ News Reporter/Producer

Susan’s parents should have known she’d end up in radio: her favorite toys were tape recorders, cameras, notepads, and books. Many years later, she’s an award-winning reporter at her favorite radio station. Formerly WNIJ’s News Director, she asked to return to the role of full-time reporter/anchor/utility player in 2010 (less paperwork, more reporting!). Her #1 goal is to tell the most compelling stories in the fewest words possible…all the better if a little humor can be thrown into the mix.  It should come as no surprise, then, that she can whip up a haiku for any occasion. She also enjoys the Detroit Tigers, learning pioneer skills (Gardening, canning, and the like. Just in case.), traveling with friends, and pretending she’s going to get around to playing her theremin.

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Rockford Federal Courthouse namesake
1:56 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Federal Judge Roszkowski Remembered As A "Great American"

Federal Judge Stanley Roszkowski speaks at the dedication of federal courthouse named in his honor in 2011.
Credit Nels Akerland / U.S. General Services Administration

Funeral services for federal judge Stanley Roszkowski are set for Saturday in Rockford. The man who helped establish a permanent federal court in Rockford died Monday at the age of 91. 

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Transform Rockford
6:15 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Group To Reveal Vision For Rockford Tonight

Transform Rockford's Mike Schablasky and the Rock River, on the river walk behind Riverfront Museum Park.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It has taken hundreds of people pulling together at dozens of community meetings to get to this point: tonight, the group “Transform Rockford” will reveal its draft of a vision for the city at a rally at the Coronado Theater, starting at 6:30.

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Murder Suspect Terence Doddy
1:54 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

National Hunt For Rockford Man Ends In Wisconsin Car Crash

Terence Doddy

The suspect in two northern Illinois murders is now in police custody in a Wisconsin hospital. Terence Doddy was captured near Beloit after he crashed a car into a tree after a high-speed police chase.

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67th District Democrat
12:42 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

State Representative Jefferson Says "It's Time"

State Representative Chuck Jefferson talks about his reasons for leaving the legislature.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

State Representative Chuck Jefferson says he’s retiring because it’s time to let someone younger take on the position. The Democrat held a retirement party of sorts at the State of Illinois building in Rockford’s downtown. 

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67th District Democrat
4:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Jefferson Resigns As Rockford's State Representative

State Representative Chuck Jefferson is flanked by Rockford mayor Larry Morrissey and Governor Pat Quinn in this 2012 photo.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

State Representative Chuck Jefferson surprised constituents and political watchers alike by quietly submitting his resignation. The Rockford Democrat has served in the State House since 2001. 

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Free Range Radio
3:26 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Reveal 3: Investigative Series Tackles Tough Issues Sunday

The first episode of Reveal prompted congressional hearings. What will the third bring? Find out on Sunday evening at 6:00 on WNIJ.

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term limits and redistricting
1:21 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Judge Rejects Fall Ballot Questions; Remap Group Won't Appeal

Cook County Judge Mary Mikva ruled today that three signature-driven ballot measures don't meet constitutional requirements and cannot be on this fall's general election ballot. 

Two of the measures call for legislative term limits, and another asks for the formation of an independent commission to oversee the state's political map-drawing process. 

Attorneys for advocates of the term limits measures say they will appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court next week.

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Conveyor
2:21 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Join Us For A Night Of Storytelling In Rockford

Credit Conveyor

WNIJ is pleased to be a part of the new live storytelling series at Conveyor in Rockford. This Friday, the theme is Independence Stories:  storytellers will weave tales of events that triggered them to assert their individualism. Divorce, adulthood, quitting that terrible job… what sparked YOUR independence?

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Tourists, Wife Were Big Factors
5:47 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

George Lucas Chooses Chicago For Museum Of Narrative Art

Jim Henson and George Lucas on the set of "Labyrinth" in 1986.
Credit public domain

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas has picked Chicago over San Francisco as the future site of his museum of art and movie memorabilia.

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Transform Rockford
5:59 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Lessons For Rockford In Federal Reserve's 'Industrial Cities Initiative'

Credit Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Ten industrial cities in the Midwest share lessons in economic recovery in a new report from the Chicago Federal Reserve. 

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