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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Death investigation
5:06 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Woman Jumps From NIU Parking Garage

NIU police block access to the campus parking garage Friday afternoon after a young woman jumped to her death.
Credit Eric Hradecky / WNIJ

A young woman fell to her death Friday afternoon at Northern Illinois University. Police say the unidentified woman was in her late teens or early twenties and apparently killed herself by jumping from the campus parking deck .

The university says the person was not a student, nor was she an NIU employee.

The area around the parking garage was blocked off by NIU and DeKalb police this afternoon shortly after the incident. First responders tried to resuscitate the woman, who was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital where she died.

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Superintendents Summit at NIU
2:16 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Community Leaders: The Changing Role of School Superintendents

School Superintendents James Briscoe, Kathy Countryman, Brian Harris, and Ehren Jarrett ponder a question posed by NIU's Patrick Roberts.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The role of a school superintendent has changed a lot recently: four local district leaders proved that Thursday night during the Northern Illinois University Education Department’s Superintendents Summit.

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Message from State Board of Education
4:26 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Belts Getting Tighter For Illinois Schools

Credit Susan Stephens/Roberta F / Creative Commons

The Illinois State Board of Education is warning school districts to prepare to make due with less next fiscal year.

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Developing
1:44 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Water Main Break In Downtown Rockford

Credit Steve Johnson / Flickr/Creative Commons

A water main break in downtown Rockford is causing headaches for some businesses and drivers. 

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Announces several leadership changes
6:29 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

NIU's President Baker Shaking The Organizational Tree

Credit NIU

Northern Illinois University's new president is putting his mark on the school's organizational charts. President Doug Baker announced a number of leadership changes at the university today.

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Rita Crundwell Case
5:51 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Ideas Abound For Dixon's $40-Million

Dixon's Finance Director Paula Meyer and Police Chief Danny Langloss lead the town hall meeting.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

About 200 people showed up for a town hall meeting in Dixon last night to hear more about the financial state of their city…and offer suggestions on how to spend nearly 40-million dollars.

aired 10/11/13

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Rita Crundwell Case
4:45 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Dixon: How Would YOU Spend $40-million?

Dark clouds moving out of Dixon?
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The city of Dixon has an unusual problem: how to spend $40 million. Citizens get their say tonight.

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Same Sex Marriage
3:08 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Lawsuit Against Same Sex Marriage Ban Moves Forward

Same sex couples participated in civil union ceremonies on the courthouse lawn in Sycamore in 2011.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A judge today threw out a challenge to a lawsuit filed by supporters of same-sex marriage. 25 same-sex couples are suing the state because they were denied marriage licenses.  They’re challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.  

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Developing
2:21 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Lawmakers Will Get Paid: Governor Not Happy

A Cook County Judge ruled today that Illinois lawmakers will continue to receive paychecks while Governor Pat Quinn appeals a related ruling. 

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Rita Crundwell Case
3:12 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Dixon Takes $40-Million Settlement With Auditors And Bank

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Dixon City Council approved a $40-million settlement with auditors and Fifth Third Bank at a special meeting today. The out-of-court settlement was reached on Friday with the companies the city blames for allowing former comptroller Rita Crundwell to embezzle $54-million over twenty years. 

aired 9/26/13 WNIJ

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