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

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.  

Northern Illinois University / NIUHuskies.com

Northern Illinois University’s football team is heading to Florida for the second time in the past three years. The Huskies accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl. The Huskies will take on Marshall University 5 p.m. Dec. 23.

NIU wrested the Mid-American Conference title back from Bowling Green Friday night. The Huskies crushed the Falcons at the MAC championship game in Detroit, 51-17.

Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University is moving forward on a sweeping plan to deal with sexual assault on campus.

American photojournalist Luke Somers was born in London 33 years ago, but chose Beloit College in Wisconsin for his liberal arts education. Somers was killed during a failed rescue attempt in Yemen.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library / Eleanor Roosevelt, radio

“We know what we have to face and we know that we are ready to face it … Whatever is asked of us, I am sure we can accomplish it. We are the free and unconquerable people of the United States of America.” –Eleanor Roosevelt  

Julius T. Cotonyi / Burpee Museum of Natural History

What’s seven feet tall, covered with feathers, and is moving, piece by piece, into the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford? It’s “Pearl,” an extremely rare dinosaur that could fill in some blanks for researchers.  

People are gathering today in DeKalb to reflect and connect about this week's violence in Ferguson, Missouri and the issues behind it. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It has been 60 years since the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League’s players hung up their spikes. Now, a new book profiles one of the league’s greatest, who played for the Rockford Peaches. 

uber.com

This week, lawmakers could decide whether Illinois will regulate ridesharing services, like Lyft and Uber.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Illinois lawmakers head back to Springfield tomorrow for the first time since they adjourned last spring. They have a lot of issues on the table, including how the state will handle the budgetary hit it will take when the temporary income tax increase expires at the end of December.

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