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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Host Bruce Rushton of The Illinois Times joins guests Sarah Mansur of Capitol News Illinois and Amanda Vinicky of WTTW-TV/Chicago Tonight discuss the events that took place in our nation's Capitol January 6, as well as what to expect during the lame duck session of the Illinois General Assembly.

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The testimony of Jesse Cremer, a witness to the murder of Joe Adams, results in the conviction of Harry Thomasson. In August 1927, Sheriff Coleman arrests Fred “Butch” Thomasson and Joe Booher for the murder of Lyle “Shag” Worsham. Meanwhile, Arlie Boswell is again fired upon by, he believes, members of the Birger gang.

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Republicans in the Illinois House said Tuesday that they hope to use legislation, instead of a constitutional amendment, to change the way state legislative and congressional district lines are redrawn every 10 years.

The so-called “fair maps” proposal would authorize the General Assembly to set up an independent, nonpartisan commission to redraw the lines, taking that highly political process out of the hands of legislators who currently are able to use that process to protect themselves politically, a process known as “gerrymandering.”

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Admissions Director John Frost and Alumni Association Executive Director Jeff Gleim about the new "Recruit A Saluki" program.

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A Winter Weather Advisory is posted for much of southern Illinois and southeast Missouri for New Year's Eve into New Year's Day, but that may not be the last of potentially dangerous weather.

The Clay County Public Health Department is offering expanded COVID-19 testing this weekend, after a large potential exposure to the virus on Christmas Eve.

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At trial, Art Newman’s schemes are expected to ensure convictions for Charlie Birger and Ray Hyland, leading the men’s attorneys to mount a weak defense. While Newman and Hyland receive life imprisonment, Birger’s hanging is scheduled for October 14th.

Statewide coronavirus numbers topped a grim new milestone on Monday, with the death toll surpassing 16-thousand.

With more than 4,400 new cases reported, Illinois' COVID-19 total now stands at more than 942,000. The positivity rate is 7.2%, and hospitalizations jumped by 150 patients to roughly 4,200 statewide.

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Charlie Birger’s trial unfolds, captivating the entire town, from reporters to small children. Witnesses to the gangsters’ crimes tell story after story of their harrowing ordeals.

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As more doses of COVID-19 become available, more people are being added to the groups eligible to receive the shot. 

SIH Chief Medical Officer Doctor Marci Moore Connelley says there are a of moving parts when it comes to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.

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Two lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow the General Assembly to meet and vote remotely during a pandemic or other emergency that makes in-person meetings dangerous.

Rep. Ann Williams and Sen. Robert Martwick, both Chicago Democrats, filed the legislation Monday, saying the current inability to conduct business remotely has hindered lawmakers’ ability to respond to the health crisis.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony as he closes out 2020 and prepares for 2021 as the system's CEO.

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In his final show, Host Bernie Schoenburg talks with guests Charlie Wheeler - the retired director of the Public Affairs Reporting program at UIS - and Chicag Public Radio's Dave McKinney about cuts to the state budget, a possible proposal for a tax increase, possible prison cuts and closures, the latest on the ComEd hearings, COVID-19 cases in the LaSalle Veterans home, the meeting of the Electoral College in the Springfield House Chamber.

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After a brief trial full of conflicting testimony, two Birger gang members, Eural Gowan and Rado Millich, are convicted of killing Ward “Casey” Jones.

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Five health care workers at a hospital in Peoria became the first people in Illinois to receive a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, marking what Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike called “the beginning of the end” of the pandemic.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Political Science Department Chair Tobin Grant about the 2020 Electoral College vote, and how it compares to previous elections.

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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 to discuss the fate of House Speaker Michael Madigan, the beginning of the new legislative session, a possible income tax hike, delays in issuing FOID cards and concealed weapons permits, and the COVID outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans home.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with author Laurent Pernot about his new book, "There and Here: Small Illinois Towns with Big Names."

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Birger and his gang members confess to numerous crimes and murders, including the gruesome killing of an innocent witness, Ethel Price. As the truth comes out, shaking Southern Illinois to its core, Birger attentively watches the trials’ outcomes, aware of his own precarious fate.

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A Marion woman faces multiple charges in the death of an 11-year old girl over the weekend.

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Southern Illinois Healthcare is joining the Siteman Cancer Network - a partnership that leaders hope will increase the effectiveness of cancer treatment in this region.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane. 

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The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced Monday that LaSalle Veterans’ Home Administrator Angela Mehlbrech has been fired after a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle facility has resulted in at least 32 resident deaths. 

IDVA also announced that the director of nursing at the LaSalle facility, Jackie Cook, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the acting inspector general of the Illinois Department of Human Services.

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Host Bernie Schoenburg joins guests Hannah Meisel of NPR Illinois and Raymon Troncoso of Capitol News Illinois discuss the latest on the ComEd indictment, will Mike Madigan remain Speaker of the Illinois House, the latest on COVID-19 mitigation, and a COVID outbreak in the LaSalle Veterans Home.

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The Thomasson brothers confess to the murder of Joe Adams and recount the details of the crime, revealing the roles of Charlie Birger and Art Newman.

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During the first three months of the pandemic, the number of U.S. adults dying increased compared to previous years, according to a recent study led by University of Illinois researchers involving data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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All three Shelton brothers are sentenced to 25 years in prison for the mail robbery in Collinsville; meanwhile, the body of patrolman Lory Price is found. Charlie Birger is arrested at his home, and Arlie Boswell is attacked and threatened by an anonymous letter.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with  Betsy de Parry and Joe Allen about the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980, and how lessons from that legislation could apply today.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony, as the system moves from a hybrid of online and in-person classes to a fully online plan for the rest of the semester.

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Host Bernie Schoenburg of The State Journal-Register meets guests Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois and Amanda Vinicky of WTTW/Chicago Tonight to discuss the indictments of Mike McClain, Anne Pramaggiore, John Hooker, and Jay Doherty, the future of speaker and Democratic Chairman Mike Madigan. They also talk about Illinois going back to stage 3 COVID mitigations, Gov.

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