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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Politics
5:39 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Stadelman And Cabello Win State Legislative Races

Democrats have retained control of the Illinois legislature. In Rockford, a State Senate seat long-held by a Republican went to a Democrat. And a Winnebago County Republican appointed to a State House seat holds on to it.

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Election 2012
3:08 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Winnebago County State's Attorney Stays: DeKalb County's Goes

Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato with supporters at election night party in Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Two contentious races for State’s Attorney were decided Tuesday in Winnebago and DeKalb Counties.

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Killing Spree
6:14 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Sheley Found Guilty In Sterling Man's Murder

Nicholas Sheley has been found guilty in the murder of a 93-year-old Sterling man. A Whiteside County jury took less than three hours today to convict Sheley of the June 2008 murder of Russell Reed.

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UPDATE: Officer Accused
2:05 am
Tue November 6, 2012

DeKalb County's Prosecutor Wants NIU Police Investigated

Credit NIU Public Safety

DeKalb County’s State’s Attorney is calling for an investigation of Northern Illinois University’s police department. Clay Campbell has asked the State Police to look into the actions of NIU’s Police Chief Donald Grady and his department in regard to a sexual assault case involving an officer last year.

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Developing
4:42 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

NIU Student's Death May Be Alcohol-Related

Alcohol may be behind the death of a Northern Illinois University freshman. 19-year-old David Bogenberger was found unresponsive in a bed at a fraternity house this morning. He was pronounced dead half an hour later.

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Politics
8:37 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Congressional Race: 8th District

8th District Congressman Joe Walsh and Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth.

Money has been pouring into one contentious Congressional race in the Chicago suburbs. National SuperPACs are fueling the negative advertising dominating the airwaves in the new 8th district, which covers an area including Schaumburg, Elgin, and Lombard.  Republican Congressman Joe Walsh faces Democrat Tammy Duckworth, an Iraqi War vet who most recently worked for the Veterans Administration in Washington.

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Politics
5:17 am
Tue October 30, 2012

State's Attorney's Race: Winnebago County

Democrat Joe Bruscato and Republican Glen Weber are battling it out for Winnebago County State's Attorney.

Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato is seeking a second term. The Democrat is being challenged by Republican Glen Weber. Listen to our full interviews with both of the candidates, as they answer questions put to them by WNIJ's Susan Stephens.

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NIU Investigation
6:46 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

First Court Appearances In NIU Coffee Fund Probe

Friday was the first court appearance for six of the Northern Illinois University employees accused of theft in a case known as “the coffee fund.”

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Fungal Meningitis
11:28 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

FDA links 133 Illinois health providers to company behind meningitis scare

The Federal Drug Administration has listed 133 medical centers in Illinois and another 81 in Wisconsin as customers of the company linked to a nation-wide outbreak of fungal meningitis

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"Bainport" Protests
12:25 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Jesse Jackson Among 14 Protesters Arrested In Freeport

The sign towering over the encampment.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Fourteen people, including Reverend Jesse Jackson, were arrested Wednesday afternoon after marching onto the grounds of the Sensata Technologies factory in Freeport. They're protesting the company's decision to move 170 jobs from the northwest Illinois city to China.

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