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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Marion Police Department

Marion Police say one person is in custody, and another is on the run, after a shooting Saturday night.

Illinois continues to report new cases of COVID-19, but the number has remained under 1,000 for nearly a week as of June 10.

On Wednesday, 625 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. In addition, another 78 Illinoisans died.

The announcement brings the overall case count to 129,837 and the death toll to 6,095.

The state's positivity rate from June 3 through June 9 was 4%.

Illinois reported nearly 800 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, but leaders say the overall trend is still going down.

With an additional 797 cases, the state's total positive test count sits at 129,212.

Tuesday also saw 95 new deaths from COVID-19, pushing the death toll past 6,000 - to 6,018.

Overall, the positivity rate for Illinois from June 2 - June 8 is 4%.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn, as he prepares to retire at the end of June.

A smaller number of positive COVID-19 cases was recorded on Monday, marking at least three consecutive days where the new case total was less than 1,000.

The total new positive cases on June 8 is 658, and the state also added 23 new deaths.

The overall total infections for Illinois now stands at 128,415, and total deaths at 5,924.

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Host Bernard Schoenburg of The State Journal-Register talks with panelists Rebecca Anzel of Capitol News Illinois and Sam Dunklau of NPR Illinois about the week in state government and politics.

Illinois' tally of COVID-19 cases grew by another 867 on Sunday, bringing the total to 127,757 positive test results. 

The death count also grew - by 43 - to 5,904.

Another 975 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Illinois on Saturday, bringing the overall state total to 126,890.

In addition the state recorded an additional 72 deaths, pushing the death toll to 5,864.

Demonstrations against racism and police brutality continue in southern Illinois, and across the nation.

Illinois surpassed one million tests for COVID-19 on Friday, while also announcing an additional 1,156 new confirmed cases of the illness.

The state's total positive cases now stands at 125,915.

Another 59 deaths were also recorded - bringing the death toll to 5,795.

June 4 marked the second day that Illinois' positive COVID-19 tests totaled less than 1,000 - coming in at 929 new cases. The state recorded 116 additional deaths on Thursday.

Illinois' overall total COVID-19 cases is now 124,759, with 5,736 deaths.

Shay Miller

More than 150 people turned out for a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Carterville Wednesday evening.

Illinois logged another 982 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 97 additional deaths. 

Overall, Illinois' total positive COVID-19 tests now stand at 123,830. The death toll is 5,621.

More than 1,600 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday. The state's Department of Public Health confirms 1,614 new positive test results, bringing the overall total to 122,848.

In addition, another 113 people died due to COVID-19. The state's death toll is now 5,525.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry after a peaceful vigil in Carbondale calling for an end to racism and police brutality, along with burglaries of several businesses.


Illinois reported 974 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the first time the new case count dipped below 1,000 since early April. While one day's totals don't indicate a trend, health leaders say they're hopeful the numbers will continue to drop.

The state's total infections now tops 120,000 - at 121,234 positive cases. In addition, 23 new deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 5,412.

Seven Carbondale businesses were burglarized in the overnight hours between Sunday and Monday, and police say they're poring over evidence to find suspects in the cases.

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Southern Illinois University

On Friday, May 29, SIU Trustees approved Austin Lane to be Southern Illinois University Carbondale's new chancellor. Lane will be SIUC's first African American Chancellor. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller has more:

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Monica Tichenor

More than 100 people gathered at Carbondale's Turley Park on Sunday to protest the death of George Floyd, as well as racial injustice across the country.

  May came to a close with Illinois adding 1,343 new positive test results for COVID-19. The state's overall total now stands at 120,260.

Another 60 deaths were also recorded, bringing the death toll 5,390.

As Illinoisans navigate Phase 3 of the governor's "Reopen Illinois" plan, another 1,462 cases of COVID-19 were reported, and another 61 deaths.

State leaders say the numbers are still trending down, as more patients recover from the illness. Still, the overall total positive cases stands at 118,917 on Saturday, and 5,330 have died.

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Southern Illinois University

SIU Trustees approved Austin Lane as the new Carbondale campus chancellor on Friday - and Lane says he's ready to get started as a Saluki.

More than 1,600 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday, the same day the state moved to the next level in its reopening plan.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Doctor Ngoze Ezike says with the additional 1,622 new cases, the state's overall total now stands at 117,455 positive test results.

An additional 86 Illinoisans also died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 5,270.

The state's overall COVID-19 cases topped 115,000 on Thursday, as 1,527 new cases were reported.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Doctor Ngoze Ezike also reported an additional 104 deaths, bringing the overall death toll to 5,186.

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State of Illinois

Illinois added 1,111 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and recorded another 160 new deaths attributed to the disease.

The total COVID-19 infection number now stands at 114,306 - with more than 800,000 tests administered. The death toll is now 5,083.

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Southern Illinois University

SIU's Board of Trustees will meet in special session this week to consider President Dan Mahony's choice for a new SIU Carbondale Chancellor.

Illinois COVID-19 cases grew by another 11-hundred on Tuesday, with 39 deaths added.

Public Health Director Ngoze Ezike says 1,178 new COVID-19 positive test results were logged, bringing the state's overall total to 113,195. The deatl toll stands at 4,923.

IL Secretary of State

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has set a timetable for offices around the state to open, allowing people to take care of drivers licenses, vehicle registrations, and other services.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony, as he guides the system in its plans for Fall 2020 amid the COVID-19 crisis.

On Memorial Day, Illinois health officials reported 1,713 new COVID-19 cases, along with 31 deaths.

The state's total positive cases climbed to 112,017 over the holiday weekend, and its death toll reached 4,884.

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