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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Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Monday, May 20:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Gene Basanta and Michele Mekel of SIU's School of Law about their upcoming Health Policy Institute.

The union representing faculty, graduate assistants, and civil service employees is asking SIU's Board of Trustees to take control of the controversial reorganization plan on the Carbondale campus.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Wednesday, May 15:

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn. In this episode, Dunn details 2019 Graduation, SIUC's graduation rates, retention, reorganization, and more.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Tuesday, May 14:

The committee that'll help decide SIU's next president met for its first official meeting Monday -- and left with guidelines and timelines for what comes next.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Monday, May 13:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor. In this week's episode, lawmakers grapple with a potential constitutional amendment that would change Illinois' tax structure, along with ways to pay for needed infrastructure upgrades and more.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Friday, May 10:

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Thursday, May 9:

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Kevin Boucher talks with artist Chris Vallillo about his upcoming performance of "Oh Freedom!" at John A Logan College in Carterville.

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Ten years after the devastating May 8, 2009 Super Derecho, utility companies in this region say they're working from lessons learned. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Saluki Success Program Coordinator Nick Weshinskey, Assistant Lecturer Laura Borger, and Student Austin Barron. The program is slated for change, as the university continues reorganization efforts.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Wednesday, May 8:

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams. In this segment, discussion of traffic and other upgrades in neighborhoods across the city, along with a new plan to fix problems in how the city billed SIUC for water and sewer services.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Tuesday, May 7:

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Monday, May 6:

Two icons of Southern Illinois University and of the region have died.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor. In this week's episode, budget negotiations, a graduated income tax proposal, and marijuana legalization plan.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller reports the morning's news for Thursday, May 2:

Southern Illinois Healthcare's Community Health Needs Assessment shows the region still exceeds national averages in cancer, chronic disease, and poverty.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Wednesday, May 1:

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Monday, April 29:

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Friday, April 26:

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Wednesday, April 24:

One of the people named in a published report about improper hiring by former SIU President Randy Dunn is leaving the university's system office.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Tuesday, April 23:

Retired Marion Mayor Bob Butler Dies

Apr 22, 2019

Former Marion Mayor Bob Butler died Monday, April 22, 2019.

Butler, who served as Mayor of Marion for more than 50 years, retired in 2018 for health reasons. The city announced his death Monday morning.

“Anyone who met Bob knows what a great and caring man he was, and words cannot begin to express what a loss this is for our community. He was a good friend of mine, who served as a mentor during my career. I will miss him deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this sad time," State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) said.

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