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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Maria Ridulph Case
3:02 am
Wed August 22, 2012

McCullough's alibi in 1957 murder

The man accused of kidnapping and murdering a Sycamore girl more than half a century ago has an alibi, which was officially filed in court Tuesday. 

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Education
7:53 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Chief Justice welcomes NIU's new law students

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride speaks to incoming NIU law students
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

Students across Illinois are making their way back to school in the coming weeks. Yesterday, Northern Illinois University’s incoming law students got a special welcome.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. treated for bipolar disorder

Jesse Jackson, Jr.
jackson.house.gov

Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is being treated for bipolar depression II, according to a news release from the Mayo Clinic.

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Arts
7:12 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Rick's Picks: Cheap Trick guitarist's life on display in Rockford

Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ
  • Extended version of our Morning Edition feature. Contains things you'll miss if you just read the transcript, including Nielsen interrupting another interview, his grandchildren interrupting his news conference, and a bit of his live performance with Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts at the exhibit's opening.
  • Bonus: Miles Nielsen describes some of his favorite things from his father's exhibit at Burpee Museum, plus a sample of Rick Nielsen composing "Writing on the Wall" into a tape recorder at his kitchen table.
  • As aired on WNIJ

A new exhibit opened at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford this weekend. And this time, it isn’t dinosaur bones attracting huge crowds: it’s an eccentric musician and the things he has collected during his half-century in rock.

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Government
3:31 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Thousands ask Winnebago County to allow concealed guns

Members of the Rockford Tea Party hope they are a step closer to persuading lawmakers that Illinoisans have the right to carry concealed firearms.

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Arts
1:52 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Rockford Public Library considers taking on Sullivan Center

The Sullivan Center, Main Street, Rockford.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The Rockford Public Library’s governing board is weighing whether to accept a very large gift…a 30-thousand square foot gift. The board hosted a public open house Tuesday at the Sullivan Center in downtown Rockford.

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Politics
2:25 am
Tue July 31, 2012

One year of 'wedded' bliss: civil unions in Illinois

Dozens of these signs were carried around the DeKalb County courthouse during the July 2011 civil unions celebration.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

It has been more than a year since civil unions became legal in Illinois. And in that time, more than 5,000 couples have tied the only knot available to same-sex partners. Several DeKalb couples have just celebrated their first legally-recognized anniversary. 

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Politics
8:02 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Freeport layoffs inspire outsourcing debate

The Lincoln-Douglas debate sculpture in Freeport, Illinois.
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

Workers at a Freeport company that’s slated to move jobs overseas got support from Governor Pat Quinn Thursday. Their also inspiring talk of a hosting a debate on outsourcing.

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Arts
2:51 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Rockford artist Jim Julin, 1956 - 2012

Jim Julin on the cover of Rockford Magazine in 1994.
Rockford Magazine

Rockford artist and craftsman Jim Julin died Sunday night after a short illness. 

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Government
12:36 am
Sat July 21, 2012

Rockford's riverwalk is under way

Alderman Doug Mark, Illinois Transportation Department's Marva Boyd, and Mayor Larry Morrissey at riverfront ribbon-cutting.
Jacquilyn Stephens WNIJ

A major part of Rockford’s new river-walk opened Friday. Local officials cut the ribbon on the $7.5-million project while trumpets blared. 

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