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

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Carbondale Police

Carbondale Police say they're looking for three people in connection to a retail theft back in January.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams. 

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Thousands of children across Illinois missed out on outdoor opportunities through summer camp last year, when COVID-19 caused the cancellation of hundreds of camps and activities in 2020.

This year, camp directors say they're determined to get kids back outside.

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Carbondale Police

Three people face charges in connection to a shooting incident in Carbondale Thursday evening.

WSIU Radio is experiencing a temporary reduction in the quality of the audio for some of our NPR programs.  We are working to resolve the issue.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Author Gary DeNeal reveals his inspiration for writing A Knight of Another Sort—in particular, the way in which his family’s personal connection to the Birger gang sparked a lifelong fascination with southern Illinois’ history.

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After spending much of last year clashing with Gov. JB Pritzker on COVID-19 guidelines, a southern Illinois lawmaker now says he wants to run against him.

Republican Darren Bailey announced his candidacy for governor Monday night in Effingham. He says the Democratic Party has had its turn in power.

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Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about his reaction to Gov. JB Pritzker's budget proposal, along with plans for next year's tuition and fee rates across the SIU system.

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Host Bruce Rushton of The Illinois Times joins guests Amanda Vinicky of WTTW-TV/Chicago Tonight and Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois to discuss Michael Madigan's resignation from the Illinois House.

Author Gary DeNeal reveals his inspiration for writing A Knight of Another Sort—in particular, the way in which his family’s personal connection to the Birger gang sparked a lifelong fascination with southern Illinois’ history.

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Blueroomstream.com

Governor JB Pritzker delivered his FY2022 Budget Address and annual State of the State on Wednesday. Because of COVID restrictions, the address is virtual this year.

CLOSINGS/CANCELLATIONS - FEBRUARY 17th, 2021 (Update 6am 2/17):

CLOSINGS & CANCELLATIONS - FEBRUARY 15, 2021

ALL Illinois Department of Public Health Mobile COVID-19 Testing Sites - CLOSED

Arrowleaf - All Offices Closed

Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Virtual Learning Day, Offices Closed
Southeast Missouri State University - Virtual Learning Day where possible, Offices Closed

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Host Hannah Meisel of NPR Illinois joins guests Peter Hancock and Sarah Mansur, both of Capitol News Illinois, to discuss the Illinois House's one day session to adopt new rules, what's going on with the Illinois Republican Party, the latest on the budget and COVID-19 vaccines.

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House Republican lawmakers criticized Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday ahead of his budget address next week, calling on the governor to reinstate busines tax incentives he froze last month.

SIU leaders say the intend to hold the line on tuition and fees in the coming academic year.

At their regular board meeting Thursday, trustees heard from leadership in Carbondale and Edwardsville, along with the School of Medicine in Springfield.

Illinois Department of Employment Security

New claims for unemployment benefits continued to fall last week while overall unemployment remained at historically high levels.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that 34,259 Illinois workers filed first-time unemployment claims during the week that ended Saturday, Feb. 6. That was down from 40,008 the previous week, but a 250 percent increase over the number recorded during the same week a year ago.

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SIU School of Law

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Prof. John Brittain about his lecture, "Awakening, Reckoning, and Mindfulness in 2020."

Slippery roads and the threat of more wintry weather are shifting plans for many schools in the region. Here is the list we have so far  (Updated 7:00am 2/11):

The stories of Charlie Birger, the Sheltons, their men, and their adversaries don’t end after the trials, the sentences, or even the hangings. Several men outlast their years in prison. Some fall to enemy bullets. Some vanish into obscurity or old age. But a few—like Charlie Birger—leave us with a legacy that has survived a hundred years and may well survive a hundred more. 

SIU Foundation

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Foundation CEO Matt Kupec about Day of Giving 2021, and how it's changed given the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane about his plans for Spring 2021 and beyond.


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Host Bruce Rushton of The Illinois Times joins and guests Dave McKinney of WBEZ and Kent Redfield, retired University of Illinois-Springfield Professor, to discuss the indictment of former State Senator Sam McCann and some constitutional changes put forth by Republicans.

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SIU Carbondale leaders say Spring 2021 enrollment trends mirror what the school reported in the fall.

The murder trial of Ethel Price concludes, Arlie O. Boswell and other prominent officials stand trial for violating the Volstead Act, and members of the Birger gang set the record straight who was responsible for the destruction of Shady Rest.

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute's John Jackson about an unprecedented second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump, COVID-19 relief, the political divide in Washington, and more.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks wtih Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry.

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Host Hannah Meisel of NPR Illinois joins and guests Charlie Wheeler, Director Emeritus of the UIS PAR Program, and Peter Hancock of Capitol News Illinois to discuss the latest in Illinois' fight against COVID-19, changes in the Illinois House meeting schedule, and two prominent Democrats leaving their seats for other opportunities.

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Justin Maze is the new Williamson County Circuit Clerk.

Williamson County's Board of Commissioners appointed Maze to the position on Thursday.

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