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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SIU leaders say they're working with others in higher education to get a new rule from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement changed before the fall semester starts next month.

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As Blanket Fort Radio Theater premiers, join Amy Etcheson of the SIU Press and Pinckney Benedict of SIU's Creative Writing Department as they take a look at how A Knight of Another Sort came together.

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In 1913, southern Illinois bootlegger and former cowboy Charlie Birger moves to the small mining community of Ledford, where he quickly ingratiates himself by selling liquor to the locals and providing them with employment.

However, not all the locals are fond of his breaking the law.

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Charles Birger has gone down in southern Illinois history as a bootlegger, enemy of the Ku Klux Klan, and even as the reigning "kingpin of the Saline County underworld" during the Prohibition Era.

In this episode, we meet Charlie as he emigrates from Russia to America, escapes a murder conviction, and settles in southern Illinois, his home for the rest of his life.

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Wednesday's COVID-19 report from Illinois' Department of Public Health shows nearly 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus.

The number of confirmed cases jumped by 980 people, along with 36 new deaths.

Overall, the state's positive test count is now 149,432, with 7,099 deaths - cases logged in all of Illinois' 102 counties.

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Illinois logged an additional 587 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and 37 new deaths linked to the disease.

Overall, the state's positive test count is now 148,452, with 7,063 deaths - cases now have been logged in all of Illinois' 102 counties.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams. Communities across the region have lost revenue due to the COVID-19 restrictions, and leaders say they're hopeful as people get back out, there will be a positive economic impact.

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SIU Carbondale's new chancellor officially began his tenure Monday, and he says he's building the list of things he wants to accomplish.

Coming to town amid a global pandemic adds to the challenge of the new job. But Austin Lane says he's equal to the task. He says getting students back on campus is his main focus right now, balancing the financial needs of the university with making sure everyone is safe.

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After a holiday weekend, Illinois leaders say an additional 614 coronavirus cases were recorded - as well as six more deaths.

The new statewide total for positive cases sits at 147,865, with 7,026 deaths linked to COVID-19.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Press Interim Co-Director Amy Etcheson and SIU Senior Fiction Writer Pinckney Benedict about the new Blanket Fort Radio Theater - a new podcast collaboration between WSIU, SIU Press, and SIUC's Creative Writing Program.

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Host Bernie Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register talks with Kent Redfield and Charlie Wheeler, both of the University of Illinois-Springfield.

In this episode, how Illinois' transition into a new phase of reopening is going, what the prospects look like for candidates in November, and more.

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A day before the Independence Day holiday, state leaders urged Illinoisans to use caution when celebrating this weekend.

State offices were closed Friday, so new COVID-19 statistics were not released. But Governor JB Pritzker and Public Health Director Dr. Ngoze Ezeke warned the virus remains in the community, and is growing rapidly in other states.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Friday, July 3:

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Illinois confirmed an additional 869 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, along with 36 more deaths.

The daily announcement brings the overall number of positive tests in the state to 144,882, with 6,987 deaths.

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As a part of the "Understanding Our New World" series, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Executive Director John Shaw spoke with former White House Chief of Staff, CIA Director, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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As the calendar turned to July, Illinois' total COVID-19 cases grew to 144,013, and its death toll rose to 6,951.

The new totals included 828 new cases Wednesday, and 30 new deaths from the virus.

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A local music shop says two guitars were stolen yesterday - and they're looking for help recovering them.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with The Poynter Institute's MediaWise Editorial Director Kristyn Wellesley about the project, its origins, and where they're taking it in 2020.

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The last day of June saw 724 new cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, and an additional 23 deaths..

The state's overall COVID-19 total is now 143,185, and its death toll 6,923.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports on SIU's Conversation of Understanding, the first in a series of town hall-style events to address racism and other issues across the system. 


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Host Bruce Rushton of the Illinois Times talks with Sarah Mansur of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Charlie Wheeler of the University of Illinois - Springfield.

In this episode, Illinois prepares to move to Phase 4 of the governor's Reopen Illinois plan, plus all the week's news from the state capitol.

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Illinois reported 738 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, along with 14 additional deaths.

Monday's report bring's the state's overal COVID-19 total to 142,461, and its death toll to 6,902.

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Southern Illinois University will host the first in what leaders hope is a series of conversations Monday night, aimed at addressing racism within the system.

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On the first day of Phase 4 for Illinois' reopening plan, the state confirmed another 857 new cases of COVID-19, and 39 additional deaths.

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The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Illinois grew again on Thursday, the day before the state is slated to enter Phase 4 of Governor JB Pritzker's Reopening Plan.

More than 31,000 tests were logged from June 24-25, and 894 came back positive. An additional 41 people died, as well.

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Governor JB Pritzker holds a press briefing on the state’s current response and action plan for managing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Illinois.

Click here to access the video stream. The live stream will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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Another 715 positive COVID-19 tests were recorded on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 138,540. In addition, Illinois added 64 deaths - the death toll in the state from COVID-19 is 6,770.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count -  bumped up to 3% for June 17-23. Illinois has processed 1.43 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

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Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngoze Ezike says "now is the time to catch up" when it comes to routine wellness checks and immunizations, as the state prepares to move to Phase 4 of reopening at the end of the week.

Another 601 positive tests were recorded on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 137,825. In addition, Illinois added 38 deaths - the death toll in the state from COVID-19 is 6,707.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count -  2% for June 16-22. Illinois has processed nearly 1.4 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Tuesday, June 23.

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Days ahead of Illinois' next reopening phase, the number of new cases grew by less than 500. IDPH reports 462 new cases of COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon, bringing the statewide total to 137,224 overall positive test results.

Another 26 people died from the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 6,671.

The state's positivity rate - a number comparing positive tests with the overall test count -  2% for June 15-21. Illinois has processed more than 1.3 million tests since the pandemic arrived.

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