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.

Ways to Connect

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with John Jackson of the SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Jackson remarks on President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, and looks ahead at the challenges in front of his administration.

Jackson County's health department is alerting some residents of a data breach.

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City of Carbondale

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with newly named Carbondale Police Chief Stan Reno.

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SIU

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Sheila Caldwell. Caldwell was named SIU's inaugural Vice President for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in April.

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SIU School of Law

SIU School of Law Dean Camille Davidson talks with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about Law Day 2021.

SIU's campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville will hold tuition and mandatory fees flat next year - as administrators say higher education shouldn't be out of reach because of cost.

As of Monday, April 12, anyone 16 and older is eligible for a COVID Vaccine in Illinois.

State and county health departments are partnering with health providers and pharmacies to help administer COVID-19 vaccine. Here is our list for the week of April 26:

Appointments also available through Illinois' COVID Vaccine Registration Page

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Southern Illinois University

SIU President Dan Mahony talks with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about his nomination for the inaugural SIU Vice President for Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion... along with expectations for the coming summer and fall semesters amid COVID-19.

Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow nurse anesthetists to do their work without a doctor having to be in the room, supervising.

The plan would bring the state in line with nearly every other state in the U.S., allowing the specialized nurses - who go through similar training as anesthesiologists - to handle procedures.

Advocates for people with disabilities are pushing Illinois lawmakers to do better when it comes to funding for caregivers across the state.

The Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, along with partner organizations, says a new study shows direct support providers need more financial support.

Carbondale Police are working with SIU's Department of Public Safety after shots were fired near campus Wednesday night.

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SIU

SIU President Dan Mahony has his selection for the system's first Vice President for Antiracism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer.

Mahony is recommending Sheila Caldwell for the new position. SIU Trustees will consider the hire at their meeting later this month.

**UPDATED to include information on postponed J&J Vaccine clinics**

As of Monday, April 12, anyone 16 and older is eligible for a COVID Vaccine in Illinois.

State and county health departments are partnering with health providers and pharmacies to help administer COVID-19 vaccine. Here is our list for the week of April 12-18:

Appointments also available through Illinois' COVID Vaccine Registration Page

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Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane, as the campus prepares for spring commencement, and looks ahead to the summer and fall semesters.

Marion Police are looking for suspects - and any information - after a home invasion earlier this month.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Thursday, April 8:

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Carbondale / Carbondale

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about this year's budget process, federal stimulus money, and more. 

State and county health departments are partnering with health providers and pharmacies to help administer COVID-19 vaccine. Here is our list for the week of April 4-12:

Appointments also available through Illinois' COVID Vaccine Registration Page

SIU School of Law

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Sensei Enterprises President Sharon Nelson and Vice President John Simek about their upcoming Beatty Law and Technology Lecture with the SIU School of Law.

State and county health departments are partnering with health providers and pharmacies to help administer COVID-19 vaccine. Here is our list for the week of March 29-April 3:

As more COVID vaccine doses are shipped across the country, our region is seeing an up-tick in clinics being scheduled.

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Illinois State Police

The Christian County Coroner's office is reporting the skeletal remains found Saturday in rural Pana are those of a missing Carterville man.

Coroner Amy Calvert Winans has identified the remains as those of 26-year-old Danny Crosby.

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Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about the challenges of providing high-quality higher education at affordable prices. 

Capitol View
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Host Bruce Rushton (Illinois Times) and guests Amanda Vinicky (WTTW) and Dave Dahl (WTAX) discuss redistricting, relaxing COVID-19 restrictions, the budget and decoupling, cannabis bill, and Republican candidate for governor Paul Schimpf.

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SIU School of Law

Ahead of his virtual lecture, Harvard Law Professor Glenn Cohen talks with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about the challenges of AI in medicine.

Cohen is the 2021 John and Marsha Ryan Bioethecist at the SIU School of Law.

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SIU School of Law

Lawmakers in Washington are joining President Joe Biden in calling for immigration reform. In this episode of InFocus, Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Law Professor Cindy Buys about the challenges in the immigration system, and what can be done.

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Illinois Treasurer

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, as his office crosses the $1 billion threshold for invsetments in the state.

Carbondale's LongbranchCafe and Bakery faces accusations of wage violations and more in a federal lawsuit filed earlier this year.

Capitol View
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Host Hannah Meisel (NPR Illinois) and guests Sarah Mansur (Capitol News Illinois) and Dave McKinney (WBEZ) discuss the American Rescue Plan, what effects the extra funds given to public health departments for vaccine distribution and testing for COVID-19 will have, what the top three ratings agencies say about Illinois' credit and what that means for its future, the senate back in session, Pritzker signing the Black Caucus Education Bill, ISBE releasing new school guidelines regarding COVID-19, and a federal lawsuit about FOID card backlogs.

A southern Illinois lawmaker is urging Governor JB Pritzker to drop coronavirus restrictions and reopen the state.

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