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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B-17 At Rockford Airport
6:21 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Warbirds Coming Soon To An Airport Near You

B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" at RFD
Doug Connell Engine Studio

Rockford Airfest is canceled this year, but there are still plenty of opportunities for area fans to experience vintage aircraft up close over the next few weeks. 

The sounds of the B-17 in Rockford, plus a WWII vet and crew. 7/18/13

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Non-Profit Advisory Council Meets Wednesday
10:04 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Comptroller Topinka: Bill Backlog Will Mushroom, Non-Profits Can Help

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at Rockford University.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Expect the state to be nine billion dollars behind in paying its bills by the end of the year. That was the grim message State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka had for a gathering of not-for-profit agencies Monday at Rockford University. She’s enlisting their help to find ways to ease the financial pressure on groups that depend on state money to serve their clients. 

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Attorney General cites father in decision
5:26 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Lisa Madigan Will Not Run For Governor

Credit lisamadigan.org

Lisa Madigan will NOT run for Illinois governor next year. The state’s Attorney General announced today she has been considering a run for governor for months, but decided to stick with her current job.

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Abortion ruling
3:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Parental Notification Law Upheld By Illinois' Highest Court

Young women in Illinois will need to notify their parents before getting an abortion. The state’s parental notification law was upheld today by the Illinois Supreme Court.

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Concealed Carry
3:12 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Illinois Lawmakers Override Governor: Concealed Carry Now Law In All 50 States

Credit WNIJ

Concealed carry is now law in Illinois. State lawmakers today overrode Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed changes to gun legislation, just meeting a federal appeals court’s deadline to legalize concealed carry.

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Federal corruption sentence is served
5:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Former Governor Ryan Is Free

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan, in 2007
Credit spsarge / Flickr

George Ryan is a free man today. The former Illinois governor was released from federal custody after spending five years in prison for corruption and another six months under home confinement.

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Rockford College Name Change
2:08 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Are You Ready For Rockford University?

Rockford University President Robert Head speaks Monday at the announcement of the name change from Rockford College.
Chelsey Fulbright WNIJ

Hundreds of alumni and supporters gathered on a sunny lawn in Rockford this morning for the official unveiling of Rockford University, formerly known as Rockford College.

Susan Stephens' story about Rockford University's dedication ceremonies, as aired on WNIJ 7/1/13

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New committee with big responsibilty
12:57 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Ten Tasked With Illinois Pension Reform

Illinois lawmakers have created a committee to address the state's 97-billion-dollar pension problem. The House and Senate agreed to form a bipartisan conference committee to tackle the nation’s largest state pension shortfall. 

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Nation's toughest?
6:26 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Fracking Standards Now Law In Illinois

Credit epa.gov

Governor Pat Quinn says he has signed into law the nation's toughest regulations on "fracking" – while unlocking the potential for thousands of jobs. 

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Blaming sequestration cuts
4:38 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

No Rockford AirFest This Year

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford AirFest is cancelled, and organizers are blaming the federal government.

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