Jennifer Fuller

Associate Director for News & Public Affairs, Morning Edition Host

WSIU's award winning reporter bringing you the morning news, local political talk and market forecasts.

Jennifer Fuller joined the WSIU family at a very young age- as both a viewer and a listener! Growing up in Carterville, Jennifer enjoyed WSIU's PBS programming as a child and young adult, and then became even more involved when she attended SIUC and worked for both the radio and TV stations as a student.

Jennifer's love for news and public affairs led her to Springfield after college, where she earned her Master's Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield, and interned with the Illinois Radio Network. After that, she was an award-winning anchor and reporter for WTAX-AM in Springfield, covering education, medicine and political issues for the capitol city.

Following her time in Springfield, Jennifer returned home to southern Illinois, where she rejoined WSIU as a News Producer and Morning Anchor. She expanded and continued the Morning Conversation program, interviewing leaders in politics, education, medicine, arts and many other areas from all over the region and all over the world.

Jennifer is heavily involved in many organizations, including the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, where she currently serves as Past President. She also volunteers her time at her church and in other community groups and events.

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WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the latest local and state news, plus weather information to start your day.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.


Governor Pat Quinn's proposed budget could mean good things for education, even as massive cuts in other areas have community leaders and lawmakers scrambling for compromise.

Centralia leaders are still working to understand just what's on the table after a pair of announcements this week regarding hundreds of potential job cuts there.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Glenn Poshard about his reactions to Gov. Pat Quinn's Budget Address this week in Springfield.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news and weather.

A southern Illinois lawmaker is hopeful that Governor Pat Quinn's calls for facility closures doesn't pass legislative muster.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon about Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed FY 2013 budget. 

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has reports and reactions from Governor Pat Quinn's Budget Address, plus other local stories and regional weather information.

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WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Carbondale Archeologist Mark Wagner about his work to uncover the history surrounding the Hickory Hill Historic site in Gallatin County -- commonly known as the "Old Slave House" for this edition of Morning Conversation.   Mark Wagner will speak as part of this week's Science Cafe on Thursday at the Science Center of Southern Illinois in Carbondale.

From: USGS

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook parts of southeast Missouri Tuesday morning.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the latest news for Tuesday morning, February 21.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller continues her special Heart Month series Keep the Beat with some tips for healthy eating that mean good things for your heart.

Jennifer Fuller

A fixture in southern Illinois basketball will soon be back on the court as Rich Herrin has been named Morthland College’s first-ever men’s basketball coach.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has budget previews and other local news for this Monday morning, Presidents Day 2012.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's news. A Freezing Fog Advisory this morning, potential cuts coming in Gov. Pat Quinn's Budget Address, local schools getting long-promised construction funding, and early childhood care providers are touting their benefits to the economy...

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news and weather.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the latest local and state news... along with weather information to start your day.

A film festival in southern Illinois next week features a documentary about the Illinois town of Cairo.

The Big Muddy Film Festival runs Feb. 21-26 at locations in Carbondale and Murphysboro. The documentary "Between Two Rivers" will be screened Friday at 1 p.m. at the University Museum in Carbondale. The film compares Cairo's troubled past with the challenges the town faced during the record-breaking 2011 floods.

Governor Pat Quinn wants more money for the Monetary Award Program, and while SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng says that's a good thing, she also thinks there's more to do.

From MAP Grants to Graduation, Polar Bear to COLA renaming, SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng talks about what's going on at SIUC right now. Join Morning Conversation Host Jennifer Fuller for this week's interview.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the morning's local and state news... along with weather and other information to start your day.

February is Heart Month. As Americans continue to learn more about how to prevent heart attacks and stroke, doctors are focusing not just on prevention, but also after care for those who've suffered a cardiac event.  WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller reports on one local cardiac rehab program.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the latest on a Winter Weather Advisory for the region, as well as state and local news from the weekend and into your work week.

The Illinois Primary Election is March 20, and election authorities and voter advocates are working to get everyone ready. Some boundaries have changed, and voters need to be aware of a few changes in some cases. WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jackson County Clerk Larry Reinhardt and Jackson County League of Women Voters President Maggie Flanagan about the primary, and how they're gearing up.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller has the mornings news and weather.

A statewide children's advocacy group says Illinois continues to struggle when it comes to providing services and opportunities for young people.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with two founding members of the Carbondale Stage Company on it's 30th Anniversary Season.

The group "Voices for Illinois Children" is about to roll out its annual report, and leaders say some of the details are grim.

Voices for Illinois Children President Kathy Ryg, whose "Kids Count" report comes out Thursday, says too many Illinois kids are in need. Ryg says lawmakers must find some "political will," which, she says, comes from the people.

Among the report's findings: one in five Illinois children lives in poverty, and one in four lives in a one-parent household.   Local advocates will unveil The 2012 Illinois Kids Count report Thursday morning in Carbondale.

A two-year study will look for the reason the treatment of lung cancer is lagging in southern Illinois.