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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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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Religion
10:59 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Northern Illinois Catholics welcome new bishop

Newly-installed Bishop David Malloy of the Rockford Diocese.

Five-thousand Catholics from across northern Illinois gathered in Rockford Monday for the ordination of their new bishop, David Malloy.

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Education
4:28 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

New NIU students' tuition up $200 in fall

NIU's Altgeld Hall
Susan Stephens WNIJ

This fall’s crop of freshmen at Northern Illinois University can expect to pay $200 more in tuition per semester than last year’s freshmen. The NIU Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase of 4.75% at its meeting Thursday.

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Update
5:42 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Around Illinois afternoon update - May 9

 

  • Free health insurance for Illinois retirees could end
  • NIU's V.P. Hemphill is moving on
  • Rockford police officer is on leave after DUI arrest
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Politics
2:29 am
Wed May 9, 2012

16th District Dems choose Rohl for run against Congressman Kinzinger

Democrat Wanda Rohl speaks to the citizens' caucus in DeKalb April 21st, 2012
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Democratic leaders in the 16th Congressional district have chosen a candidate to run against Republican Adam Kinzinger this fall. A caucus of county party leaders within the district voted to slate Wanda Rohl.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Senator Kirk releases video showing stroke recovery

Still from video where U.S. Senator Mark Kirk describes his recovery from a January stroke
Senator Mark Kirk www.kirk.senate.gov

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) has released a video showing his progress in recovering from his January stroke. The video is quite candid: it shows Kirk laboring to learn to walk again, with a cane, treadmill, and a harness. 

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Government
10:18 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Not guilty plea in Dixon case: expert urges public to be aware of fraud

Rita Crundwell leaves the federal courthouse in Rockford, flanked by her attorneys Paul Gaziano and Kristen Carpenter
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell pleaded “not guilty” in federal court in Rockford Monday. She’s accused of stealing 53-million dollars from her hometown over the past 20 years.

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Government
4:56 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Northern Illinois makes pitch for piece of federal transportation pie

Congressmen Don Manzullo and Bobby Schiller talk about transportation funding at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Leaders from throughout northern Illinois pitched their most important transportation projects to two Congressmen yesterday. Republicans Don Manzullo and Bobby Schilling will recommend priorities for federal transportation funding to Governor Pat Quinn’s office. 

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Government
2:18 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Estimates now at $53 million stolen from Dixon

The city of Dixon may be out 20-million dollars more than originally thought in the case against its former comptroller. Federal prosecutors have now charged Rita Crundwell with stealing 53-million dollars over the past 22 years. In the original complaint against Crundwell, she was accused of embezzling an estimated 30-million since 2006 to “support her lavish lifestyle.”

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Politics
2:41 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Senator Kirk's stroke recovery progressing: photo released today

The first public photo of Senator Mark Kirk to be released since his stroke in January.
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Center for Stroke Rehabilitation

 

Senator Mark Kirk is “mentally sharp” and keeping up with global issues during daily meetings with his staff. That’s according to the director of the stroke rehabilitation center where the 52-year-old Republican has been since February.

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