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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Illinois law
4:51 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Medical Marijuana Opportunities And Challenges

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The production and distribution of medical marijuana is slowly coming together in Illinois. It’s a complicated process with a lot of factors that need to be worked out before the first patient picks up medication from a state dispensary.

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County by county stats
1:56 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Competition Fierce To Grow, Distribute Medical Marijuana In Illinois

Illinois State Police districts
Credit Ryan Pumroy / WNIJ

Entrepreneurs looking to get in on the business side of Illinois' new medical marijuana program are facing fierce competition.  The state has come out with numbers showing just how much.  

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Restoration Initiative
5:34 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Great Lakes Action Plan Adjusts For Climate Change

Lake Superior, Upper Peninsula, Michigan.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

There's a new plan for improving the health of the Great Lakes. The Environmental Protection Agency released its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative's action plan today at a meeting of the region's mayors in Chicago. 

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Monday's ceremony
6:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Update: NIU's Stevens Building Overhaul Is Halfway There

Governor Pat Quinn and NIU students throw some dirt at the site of the major rehabilitation of Stevens Hall.
Zack Zerndt WNIJ

Northern Illinois University broke ground Monday on the $27 million expansion of the Stevens Building. The renovation of the university’s home of theater, dance, and anthropology has been on the school’s priority list for years.

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The Eternal Indian
10:45 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Restoration Continues On "Black Hawk" Statue

After years of fund-raising, and state approval for the project, the time has finally come
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The time has finally come. After years of fund-raising, months of tests, and waiting for recent state approval, an effort has begun to restore the  statue almost universally known as "Black Hawk." Lorado Taft created it 103 years ago on a bluff overlooking the Rock River near Oregon, Ill. Taft called it "The Eternal Indian."

Huskies Food Pantry
3:19 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Hunger In The Classroom: A Growing Need For Campus Pantries

Vegetables grown by and donated by students working in the Communiversity Garden on campus.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The "ramen noodle diet" may once have been a badge of honor for the college student on a strict budget. But now, with changing demographics and skyrocketing education costs, “food insecurity” is being seen as a serious problem on campuses across the nation. 

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Chicago Appeals Court Ruling
3:32 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Court Rules Wisconsin And Indiana Can't Ban Same-Sex Marriages

Credit Credit Elsie esq / Flickr/Creative Commons

Same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. That’s the decision by a U.S. appeals court in Chicago today.

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Chicago Appeals Court Ruling
3:32 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Court Rules Wisconsin And Indiana Can't Ban Same-Sex Marriages

Credit Credit Elsie esq / Flickr/Creative Commons

Same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. That’s the decision by a U.S. appeals court in Chicago today.

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DeKalb stop-over
5:34 am
Wed September 3, 2014

A March To DC For Climate Change Awareness

Dana McGuire with the equipment truck used to support marchers.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A group of climate change activists is making its way from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.  Tuesday, they set up camp in DeKalb, pitching their tents and solar panels on Northern Illinois University’s campus near Northern Public Radio’s studio.

 “The Great March For Climate Action” plans to deliver its message to the President, Congress, ANYONE who’ll listen, in the nation’s capitol in November.

David Zahrt says he’s the oldest activist who has been along for the whole trip… he’s 77. And he’s doing it for his grandchildren.

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Beloit College's Mindset List
5:29 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Defining The Class Of 2018

Ron Nief and Tom McBride, creators of The Mindset List.
Credit Beloit College

They were born in 1996. And now they are filling seats at a college campus near you. Who is the Class of 2018?  

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