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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Arts
3:38 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Click and Clack to retire: the show WILL go on!

Car Talk hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi
Car Talk NPR

Fans of the popular NPR show “Car Talk” are burning up the social media-sphere today with the announcement by Tom and Ray Magliozzi that they are retiring this fall. But don't fret: they still have a place here on WNIJ, according to Program Director Bill Drake.

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Science
6:12 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

How dry we are! Red Flag Warnings explained

Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste
Media Services Northern Illinois University
  • Susan Stephens interviews NIU meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste about Red Flag Warnings and whether he would fire up the grill under those conditions.

A large portion of northern Illinois was under a “red flag warning” Tuesday.  But what does that mean? On Tuesday afternoon, WNIJ’s Susan Stephens called Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste to get an explanation.

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Business
4:18 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

JiET A: building an aerospace pipeline in Rockford

JiET A, a new aerospace training collaboration, is introduced May 24th in Rockforard
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A group of Rockford-area educators and business-people think they have an answer to one of the region’s employment problems: they’ve developed a path to take talented students all the way from high school to careers in the aerospace industry.

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Science
2:58 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Dust storms and withered leaves: Illinois' mini-drought

Top soil is abnormally dry in parts of northern Illinois this spring.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Dust storms and fire danger alerts are not what you expect to hear in May in Illinois. But these are signs of a very dry spring. 

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Politics
5:35 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Illinois smokers brace for a big hit in the wallet

WNIJ

Illinois smokers could soon see a huge increase in the cost of a pack of cigarettes. The Illinois House today approved a plan to more than double the tax on cigarettes, to $1.98 a pack. Other tobacco products would see a similar increase.

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Business
10:24 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Chrysler's Marchionne celebrates the Dart and freedom from bail-out loans

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne after his plant tour and town hall meeting with employees at the Belvidere Assembly Plant, May 24, 2012
Susan Stephens WNIJ
  • Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne on what Europeans can learn from his Belvidere workers.

The much-heralded Dodge Dart should be in dealerships by the end of next month. To celebrate, Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne visited the home of the Dart Thursday -- the Belvidere Assembly Plant.

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Politics
2:48 am
Thu May 24, 2012

From trailer to state of the art: ComEd's new training center in Rockford

"Breaking ground" on a new state-of-the -art Com Ed training center.in Rockford.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore says there will be two new state-of-the art facilities to train the next generation of utility workers -- and the first one will be in Rockford.

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Politics
11:38 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Rockford is one step closer to a casino

Grand Victoria casino in Elgin
worldcasinodirectory.com

The Illinois House, in a 69 to 47 vote, has passed a gambling expansion bill that would create new casinos -- including one in Rockford -- and allow slot machines at the state's racetracks.

Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, says it will bring Illinois money it needs as the state faces steep budget cuts. Lang says that, as the budget process progresses, it’s clear the state isn't doing well enough.

“We haven't created enough jobs. We don't have enough revenue," he said. "Is this a panacea for all of our ills? Of course not.  Can it be step to build a better economy? Absolutely it can."

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Community
5:07 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Massive mulch fire closes Route 76 north of Belvidere

Boone County mulch fire, May 18, 2012
Steve Rapp

A massive mulch fire is causing headaches for travelers and residents in northern Boone County. 

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Government
3:21 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Proposed DeKalb mosque clears first hurdle

Detail from plans for new mosque in DeKalb
Susan Stephens WNIJ

DeKalb-area Muslims are a step closer to a new mosque. Last night, the city’s planning committee approved a zoning change to allow a mosque to be built in a residential area on Normal Road, near the NIU campus.  

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