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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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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sticking points: salary and insurance
4:13 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Kishwaukee College Delivers 'Last Best Offer' To Faculty Union

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The union representing Kishwaukee College teachers says last night’s failed contract negotiations have moved both sides closer to a strike. 

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Criminal charges still pending
6:20 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Lawsuit Against NIU Fraternity Dismissed In Drinking Death

Credit Bogenberger Family Photo

A Cook County judge has thrown out a lawsuit against a fraternity in the death of a Northern Illinois University student.

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2014 Wolf Hunt
8:39 am
Thu December 11, 2014

154 Wolves Killed As Hunting Season Ends Early In Wisconsin

Credit Wisconsin DNR

For the third year in a row, Wisconsin hunters killed more wolves than allowed by law.

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14th District Republican
11:45 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Congressman Hultgren On Omnibus Spending Bill

Credit www.randyhultgren.com

It looks like Congress can avert a government shutdown, as tomorrow’s deadline to approve a spending bill approaches. Northern Illinois Congressman Randy Hultgren says there’s still a lot to pull together in the next few days.  

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NIU football
5:24 am
Mon December 8, 2014

NIU Huskies Florida Bowl-Bound After MAC Win

NIU Huskies celebrate their conference championship at Ford Field in Detroit.
Credit Northern Illinois University / NIUHuskies.com

Northern Illinois University’s football team is heading to Florida for the second time in the past three years. The Huskies accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl. The Huskies will take on Marshall University 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

NIU wrested the Mid-American Conference title back from Bowling Green Friday night. The Huskies crushed the Falcons at the MAC championship game in Detroit, 51-17.

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VAWA Act
4:58 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Campus Sexual Assault: Prevention And Awareness

Credit Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University is moving forward on a sweeping plan to deal with sexual assault on campus.

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Luke Somers
10:19 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Slain American Hostage Was Beloit College Grad

American photojournalist Luke Somers was born in London 33 years ago, but chose Beloit College in Wisconsin for his liberal arts education. Somers was killed during a failed rescue attempt in Yemen.

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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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