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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2008 killing spree
10:01 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Second Life Sentence for Nicholas Sheley

Convicted murderer Nicholas Sheley has received his second life sentence. Sheley was sentenced Wednesday to natural life in prison without parole for the 2008 murder of 93-year-old Russell Reed of Sterling.

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Revitalizing the Campus
3:55 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Big Changes For The Better At Kishwaukee College

New sign out front of Kishwaukee College
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Kishwaukee College students return to class today…and they’ll find the campus in Malta looks a lot different than it did when they started LAST semester. 

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Latest Flu Numbers
3:08 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Wash Your Hands, Cover That Cough: Flu Season Hits Illinois Hard

Credit Minnesota Department of Public Health

The flu season is raging in Illinois. Twenty-seven Illinoisans have died so far and 368 have been admitted to hospital intensive care units.

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DeKalb Nature Path
5:07 am
Thu January 10, 2013

ComEd, DeKalb Park District, Citizens Working On Replanting Path

Wood piles up along the DeKalb Nature Trail as ComEd removes more than a mile-long swath of trees and brush from below their power lines.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A small group of stakeholders will meet at the end of the month to craft a plan to remedy ComEd’s clear-cutting along a DeKalb nature trail. Members of the DeKalb Park District, ComEd representatives, and two people who live near the popular trail make up the panel. 

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Madigan Requests Review
5:49 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Illinois Attorney General Moves To Salvage Concealed Carry Ban

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants the state’s ban on concealed carry to be upheld. She is asking all ten judges on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a lawsuit challenging the ban.

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Orange Bowl
6:46 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Win Or Lose, Huskies Stand By Their Team

Super-fans Daniel Tamayo and Sara Espinoza at Fatty's in DeKalb
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Northern Illinois University’s football team came up short last night in their first appearance in one of the nation’s top bowl games. The Huskies lost to the Florida State Seminoles 31 to 10 in the Orange Bowl. 

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Huskies Football
12:57 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Orange Bowl 2013: FSU 31, NIU 10

It was a disappointing end to an incredible season for Northern Illinois University's football team. The Florida State Seminoles bottled up the Huskies offense to win the Discover Orange Bowl, 31 to 10. 

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Orange Bowl-Bound
4:45 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Orange Means A Lot Of Green For NIU

Hy-Vee in Sycamore shows its bowl spirit
Mike Moen WNIJ

Tomorrow’s the big day for NIU football fans. 

Aired 12/31/12

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Specials
7:19 am
Mon December 24, 2012

A Unique Twist To The Holiday Season

The U-of-I socks Cathy Christensen's family exchange each year.
Credit Cathy Christensen

Christmas is here! WNIJ is sharing some unique holiday traditions. WNIJ staff member, Austin Cliffe, shares his family's recipe for glogg, a fiery Scandinavian drink.

We also reached out to listeners to hear about some of their ways of celebrating the season. One that stood out was from Cathy Christensen. Every year, her family carries out tradition by exchanging an old pair of socks.

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Pi Kappa Alpha Death
5:34 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

22 NIU Students Face Arrest In Hazing Death

Twenty-two Northern Illinois University students face arrest in the hazing death of fellow student David Bogenberger.  The 19 year old was found dead in a bed at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house November 2nd. 

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