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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Local
2:00 am
Wed January 18, 2012

A train station for Rockford by 2014

Governor Pat Quinn announces state money for a passenger train station in Rockford as Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider looks on. (Tinker Swiss Cottage, Rockford)
Susan Stephens WNIJ

 

Construction is expected to begin later this year on a new passenger train station in downtown Rockford. Governor Pat Quinn announced the state was putting three million dollars toward the effort during a news conference at the historic Tinker Swiss Cottage Tuesday afternoon -- not far from where the station will be built. The governor said not only is it important to look at transportation needs all over the state, it’s important to make sure northern Illinois is connected, especially Rockford.

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Local
4:20 am
Thu December 22, 2011

NIU Safety Series: Part Three

NIU's Altgeld Hall
Northern Illinois University

Several high-profile crimes involving Northern Illinois University students over the past few years have raised concerns over safety on and off campus. That leaves university leaders looking for ways to make their school safer…while challenging the perception they’re different from any other college campus. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens reports in part three of our series.

 

Note: WNIJ's Jenna Dooley contributed to this report.

          

Local
11:56 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

UPDATE: Sold! Preservationists prevail at Laurent House auction

Detail of lamp inside the Laurent House, the only house Frank Lloyd Wright designed for wheelchair access.
Susan Stephens

 

Rockford’s only home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is a step closer to becoming a museum. A community group was the winning…and only…bidder in yesterday’s auction of the Laurent House. Jerry Heinzeroth says members of The Laurent House Foundation have worked very hard over the past four years to get to this point. He says they’re extremely happy with the fact that the house will become a permanent part of the community, thanks to the support of donors, including the state, the city of Rockford, and Winnebago County.

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Local
7:22 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Rockford's only Frank Lloyd Wright home up for auction

Glass wall overlooking the back yard of The Laurent House
Susan Stephens WNIJ

 

A small, yet significant, home goes up for auction next week in Rockford…and a group of preservationists is racing to come up with the money to ensure it becomes a community centerpiece. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens has more on the house Frank Lloyd Wright called his “little gem.”

 

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Horse slaughter
3:27 am
Thu December 1, 2011

A step toward resuming horse slaughter in the U.S.

Horses could once again be slaughtered for meat in the U-S. Congress has lifted a five-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections.

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Local
2:39 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

UPDATE: Arrest in NIU shooting

A nineteen-year-old man from Markham, Illinois has been arrested in this morning's shooting death of a Northern Illinois University student. Chaz Thrailkill was arrested late this morning in DeKalb, more than eight hours after the shooting near campus. Thrailkill is charged with first degree murder and is being held on three million dollars bond in the DeKalb County Jail.

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Sheley sentenced to life in prison
4:08 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Sterling man gets life in first of eight murder trials

A Sterling man accused of killing eight people in two states in 2008 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.  Nicholas Sheley was sentenced today for the murder of 65-year-old Ronald Randall of Galesburg.

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Local
1:59 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Dee Palmer's last song: remembering DeKalb's iconic band conductor

The DeKalb area lost one of its most celebrated residents this weekend.  Dee Palmer died in his home Saturday, just a few months after wrapping up his 63rd season as conductor of the DeKalb Municipal Band.  He was 97.

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