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.


Free Range Radio
5:34 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

The First Family Of Radio: The Roosevelts

Eleanor Roosevelt, making a national radio broadcast in 1942.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Eleanor Roosevelt, radio

“We know what we have to face and we know that we are ready to face it … Whatever is asked of us, I am sure we can accomplish it. We are the free and unconquerable people of the United States of America.” –Eleanor Roosevelt  

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Anzu wyliei
6:46 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Meet 'Pearl': The Next Big Thing At Burpee

Artist's version of Anzu wyliei, the species of oviraptorosaur "Pearl" is expected to be.
Julius T. Cotonyi Burpee Museum of Natural History

What’s seven feet tall, covered with feathers, and is moving, piece by piece, into the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford? It’s “Pearl,” an extremely rare dinosaur that could fill in some blanks for researchers.  

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Wednesday at 5:00
1:23 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

'Ferguson And Beyond' Peace Vigil In DeKalb

People are gathering today in DeKalb to reflect and connect about this week's violence in Ferguson, Missouri and the issues behind it. 

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Rockford Peaches
7:25 am
Fri November 21, 2014

'Kammie On First': New Biography Of A Baseball Great

Michelle Houts, author of "Kammie on First," at a DeKalb Farm Bureau book-signing.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

It has been 60 years since the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League’s players hung up their spikes. Now, a new book profiles one of the league’s greatest, who played for the Rockford Peaches. 

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Veto Session
6:54 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Rules For Ride-Shares: Safety First Or Jobs First?


This week, lawmakers could decide whether Illinois will regulate ridesharing services, like Lyft and Uber.

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Illinois Veto Session
4:37 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Torn Between A Tax Cut And Paying The Bills

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Illinois lawmakers head back to Springfield tomorrow for the first time since they adjourned last spring. They have a lot of issues on the table, including how the state will handle the budgetary hit it will take when the temporary income tax increase expires at the end of December.

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Want marijuana exception
11:12 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Illinois Lawyers Say DUI Law Needs Tweaking

The Illinois State Bar Association wants the state's DUI law changed. Supporters of changes to part of the state's law on driving under the influence think they have a pretty good example to hold up. 

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Veto Session
4:39 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Should Illinois Lawmakers Wait For The New Governor?


Governor-elect Bruce Rauner met with the two top Democrats in the state legislature in Chicago yesterday. Once again he’s asking lawmakers to hold off on any major changes until he’s in office in January. Lawmakers are predictably split on that request heading into next week’s veto session.

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8:51 am
Tue November 11, 2014

A Dozen People Being Monitored For Ebola In Illinois

Twelve people in Illinois are being monitored for possible exposure to Ebola. The Chicago Tribune reports they are not being quarantined and are considered at low to medium risk. 

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Democratic opponent's future plans
7:30 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Wisconsin Governor Calls Election Results "Incredible Opportunity"

Credit State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tells fellow Republicans they have an ``incredible opportunity to lead'' as he heads into his second term. Republicans increased their majority in the state legislature in last week's election. 

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