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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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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"Lifetime of service"
8:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

South Beloit's Mayor Dies At 68

South Beloit Mayor Mike Duffy
Credit South Beloit School District / southbeloitschooldistrict.org

South Beloit Mayor Mike Duffy has died at the age of 68. 

He was elected in 2011, following a four-decade career in education. He is being praised for a lifetime of public service, and a commitment to creating a comprehensive land use plan for the city.  

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NIU ethics investigation
8:15 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Report Sheds Light On NIU Ethics Probe

Credit NIU

A newly released report by the Illinois Inspector General’s office sheds some light on an ethics investigation at Northern Illinois University. 

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Tim Emmons Memorial Visitors Center
2:11 am
Fri June 20, 2014

New WNIJ/WNIU Visitor Center Honors Former General Manager

The Emmons family -- Jordan, Daniel, and Charlene Emmons and Amy Bradford -- attended the visitor center's dedication Thursday.
John Hill WNIJ

Family, friends, and community members joined Northern Public Radio Thursday evening to dedicate a portion of the station's DeKalb location to Tim Emmons, station manager from 1995 to 2012. 

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Laurent House
12:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright's "Little Gem" Opens This Weekend In Rockford

Kenneth Laurent's hat and gloves in the spot he always placed them in his Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A small home is expected to attract big crowds in Rockford this weekend.  The Laurent House is the world’s newest Frank Lloyd Wright museum. 

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Free Range Radio
4:57 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Maya And Studs: The 1970 Interview

President Obama presents The Presidential Medal of Freedom to Maya Angelou in 2010.
Credit public domain

Her’s is a death that stopped us all in our tracks this week. Maya Angelou…she of 50 honorary degrees, the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom… had clearly led a full life. Who else could write SEVEN autobiographies? And die working on an eighth? 86 years… and our collective reaction when we heard the news this week said “too soon, too soon, Ms. Angelou.” 

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