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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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):

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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.

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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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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

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On April 19th, 1928, Charlie Birger is executed for his crimes, marking the last public hanging in Illinois. After his death, the trial of the accused murderers of Ethel Price begins.

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The FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman they say could have critical information in a child exploitation case.

SIU leaders say they'd like your help in building a new strategic plan for the university.

A system-wide committee has already been working to bring feedback on the biggest challenges and opportunities facing SIU, and President Dan Mahony says a new survey for the public will help bring in even more information as the system works to plan its next steps.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony. 

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Host Bruce Rushton of The Illinois Times joins guests Dave Dahl of WTAX and Raymon Troncoso of Capitol News Illinois to discuss the lame duck session, criminal justice reform legislation, the new Speaker Chris Welch, Senator Andy Manar's replacement, and an update on COVID-19 mitigations.

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Illinois Treasurer

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs about his office's Charitable Trust program, along with the state's Bright Start college savings plan and more.

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Until the day of his hanging is upon him, Charlie Birger spends the last months of his life behind bars.

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Host Hannah Meisel of NPR Illinois joins guests Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois and Kent Redfield, emeritus professor at University of Illinois Springfield to discuss Michael Madigan stepping aside as House Speaker and President Donald Trump's second impeachment.

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On October 21st, 1927—a year after the murder of Ward “Casey” Jones—Birger gangman Rado Millich mounts the gallows, reads aloud his final words, and is hanged.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Carbondale Chancellor Austin Lane.

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