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.


My Brother's Keeper
6:31 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Rockford Answers The President's Call To Prevent Violence

Jermaine Robinson addresses his breakout group during the My Brother's Keeper Initiative, as Matthew Simpson looks on.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A new community group is pulling together to improve Rockford by making life better for its young minority residents. About one hundred people showed up for the organizational meeting for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

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Rockford meeting
11:49 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

'My Brother's Keeper' Begins Education, Community Safety Initiative

Rockford is taking on a challenge from the White House to address “opportunity gaps” faced by young black men. The “My Brother’s Keeper“ initiative kicks off this afternoon with a community forum. 

Last year, President Obama challenged communities to develop stronger paths to success for all young people. Some of Rockford’s leaders have signed up for the My Brother’s Keeper challenge, focusing on education and violence prevention.

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gun violence
6:27 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Getting Together To Fight Violent Crime In Rockford

Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson,Mayor Larry Morrissey, Pastor K. Edward Copeland, and Sheriff Gary Caruana, speaking at the Rockford Airport.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford has seen a string of shootings, including seven murders, over the past month. That prompted city officials to demonstrate what they are doing about violent crime. 

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2:53 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Kishwaukee College Teachers Give Thumbs Down To Latest Contract Offer

Kishwaukee College teachers rejected the latest offer from college administrators during a meeting Tuesday.

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Kishwaukee College
2:47 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Progress In Kishwaukee College Contract Negotiations

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Spring semester starts today for Kishwaukee College students. And it appears a teacher strike is less likely, after last night’s negotiations between the union and administrators. 

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Updated 7:00 am
5:24 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Cold-Related Closures for January 9th

Credit Diane Drake / WNIJ



Rockford Public Schools

Belvidere Schools

Dixon Schools start one hour late today

Freeport Schools

Harlem School District is closed today

Hononegah School District

North Boone School District

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Old law was "too broad"
2:42 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

New Eavesdropping Law For Illinois Eases Restrictions

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

One of the toughest eavesdropping laws in the nation has been replaced with restrictions supporters call "more reasonable." 

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Contract negotiations
3:37 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Union Rejects Kishwaukee College's "Last, Best Offer"

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Kishwaukee College faculty members voted down a contract proposal from school administrators today after a two-hour meeting.

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Winnebago County
5:03 am
Thu December 18, 2014

New Flood Maps Mean More Flood Insurance For Some

Andrew Epstein WNIJ

Illinois is updating some of its flood maps: and that means some homeowners will need to buy flood insurance for the first time.

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Joseph Hosey Case
12:21 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Illinois Courts Rule In Favor Of Reporter's Rights, Cameras In Courtrooms

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Two court rulings this week are being hailed as victories for journalists. 

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