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.

Ways To Connect

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Spring semester starts today for Kishwaukee College students. And it appears a teacher strike is less likely, after last night’s negotiations between the union and administrators. 

Diane Drake / WNIJ

SCHOOLS:

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Rockford Public Schools

Belvidere Schools

Dixon Schools start one hour late today

Freeport Schools

Harlem School District is closed today

Hononegah School District

North Boone School District

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One of the toughest eavesdropping laws in the nation has been replaced with restrictions supporters call "more reasonable." 

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Kishwaukee College faculty members voted down a contract proposal from school administrators today after a two-hour meeting.

Andrew Epstein / WNIJ

Illinois is updating some of its flood maps: and that means some homeowners will need to buy flood insurance for the first time.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Two court rulings this week are being hailed as victories for journalists. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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

Bogenberger Family Photo

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

Wisconsin DNR

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

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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