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

Even during a time when the economy was notably strong, Illinois lost ground in ensuring children have access to health coverage. An annual report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families reveals in 2019, roughly 120,000 kids in Illinois were uninsured - a 46% increase from 2016.

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Host Bernie Schoenburg of The State Journal-Register talks with guests Dave McKinney of Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) and Charlie Wheeler of the University of Illinois Springfield about Rep. Chris Welch calling off hearings into House Speaker Michael Madigan until after the election, political ads, the latest on the graduated tax amendment, and the fight over Supreme Court Justice Tom Kilbride's retention.

Relations between Birger and the Sheltons break down, owing to a variety of circumstances, including Birger’s refusal to pay the Sheltons their cut of the proceeds from local slot machines. Tensions in Williamson County are nearing a breaking point.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with authors Cary O'Dell and Thad Heckman about their new book, "Bucky's Dome."

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Host Bruce Rushton of The Illinois Times joins guests Dave Dahl of WTAX NewsRadio and Peter Hancock of Capitol News Illinois discuss the latest on the ComEd/Madigan hearing, Gov. Pritzker in quarantine, Lieutenant Gov. Stratton's strategy on getting the graduated income tax passed, and what office seekers say in the wake of the first 2020 Presidential debate.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with southern Illinois Live 2 Lead Facilitator Russ Williams about this year's event, and the effects of COVID-19 on the annual series.

New Illinois Supreme Court rulings force Attorney Arlie Boswell to dismiss dozens of liquor cases. In 1926, a Herrin election sparks another battle between the Klan and bootleggers, which spells the ending of the Klan’s influence in Southern Illinois.

Capitol News Illinois

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker will update the state's reaction and mitigation measures for COVID-19.

The Women's Center

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Andrea Stephens, the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator for The Women's Center in Carbondale.

Todd Graham, SIU Debate Coach

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Director Todd Graham ahead of the first Presidential Debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about the university's response and plans surrounding COVID-19, and also recent "Conversations of Understanding" and initiatives combatting racism throughout the system.

Union County State's Attorney's Office

A warrant has been issued in Union County for a man accused of solicitation, grooming, and child pornography.

Dan Klefstad

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois News Anchor Dan Klefstad about his novel, Fiona's Guardians.

One of a string of burglaries south of Harrisburg in 1925 leads to the arrest and trial of one of Birger’s most notorious gangsters, a man known by the pseudonym “Steve George.” In 1926, Birger marries his new wife, Bernice.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talk with Dorcy Prosser of the Jackson County League of Women Voters about events and informational guides leading up to the November 2020 Election. 

Illinois State Police are investigating a helicopter crash in Randolph County.

A motorcycle crash on Route 13 in Perry County sent four people to the hospital - and one of them died.

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Host Bernie Schoenburg of The State Journal-Register joins guests Peter Hancock of Capitol News Illinois and Dave McKinney of Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) to discuss Illinois' financial state, the investigative committee on ComEd, Gov. Pritzker's stance on high school football, State Sen. Terry Link's resignation, and the accusation that President Trump is understating the seriousness of the pandemic. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with former Illinois Governor George Ryan about his decision to halt executions in Illinois, and push for an end to the death penalty. Ryan has written a book about his change of heart on capital punishment, "Until I Could Be Sure."

A shootout ensues when Earl Shelton’s bulldog kills Charlie Birger’s in a dogfight, one of the common forms of entertainment at the bootlegger’s hideout, Shady Rest.


Governor JB Pritzker will update the state's COVID response at noon on Wednesday, September 16.

You can watch the governor's update by clicking here.

SIUC's Chancellor says as more testing becomes available, the school may consider mandatory COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff.

WSIU News Updates

Claire Buchanan and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Monday, September 14:

Host Bruce Rushton of The Illinois Times joins guests Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois and Freelance Reporter Hannah Meisel to discuss the award of dispensary licenses to people who want to sell marijuana over the counter in Illinois, the House Investigative Committee on Mike Madigan, and the graduated income tax vs. flat income tax campaign.


Governor JB Pritzker updates the state's COVID-19 statistics and response.

You can watch the event by clicking here.

After escaping suspicion in the investigation of a bloody shootout, Charlie Birger serves a month in jail for possessing intoxicating liquor and then, a free man again, builds his most notorious entertainment complex, Shady Rest.


Gov. Pritzker discusses the impact of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and to announce the final round of funding. This event is scheduled for 2:00pm on Tuesday, September 8.

Click here to watch Gov. Pritzker.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane about Fall 2020 enrollment numbers, retention plans, COVID-19, and more. 

Capitol View
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Host Bruce Rushton  of the Illinois Times joins guests Raymon Troncoso of Capitol News Illinois, and Emeritus UIS Professor Kent Redfield to discuss the ongoing controversy surrounding ComEd and House Speaker Michael Madigan, plus the latest on COVID-19.

Fairfield High School will begin full remote learning as of Thursday afternoon.