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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Shady Rest is destroyed in an explosion and four bodies are found at the scene. Soon after, state highway patrolman Lory Price, who remarked that he had seen Charlie Birger, Art Newman, and Connie Ritter driving toward the scene that night, goes missing along with his pregnant wife Ethel. Charlie Birger testifies against the Sheltons in the trial for the Collinsville mail robbery.

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A former Illinois governor says the failure of the proposed graduated income tax leaves some incredibly difficult choices for state lawmakers.

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIUC is partnering with the University of Illinois Institute for Government and Public Affairs' Edgar Fellows program to highlight leaders in the state working for the greater good.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC's Director Admissions, John Frost, about recruiting during a pandemic, along with the university's "Getting to Know SIU" night - set for this Tuesday (11/17). 

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Host Bruce Rushton of The Illinois Times joins retired UIS Political Scientist Kent Redfield and Dave McKinney of Chicago Public Radio to discuss the cancellation of the state veto session--how do things on the National and Black Caucus agendas get done? What is going to happen to Speaker Michael Madigan? What will Gov. Pritzker do about Madigan - if anything? What happens to the fiscal plan now since the graduated income tax amendment did not pass?

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With the murder of Joe Adams and the theft of a local reverend’s brand new red Chevrolet, the Birger gang’s criminal disruptions have pushed the law to its limit, and authorities devise a plot to arrest Charlie for good.

Jenna Dooley and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Wednesday, November 11:

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The highest court in Illinois appointed a new member to its bench on Tuesday.

Justice Robert L. Carter, 74, will join the Illinois Supreme Court, effective Dec. 8, according to a news release from the Illinois Supreme Court.

Carter will take the seat of Justice Thomas Kilbride, who failed to win at least 60 percent of the vote in his retention election last week. Kilbride’s term is set to end on Dec. 6.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane, as students prepare to move to online classes for the remainder of Fall 2020, and look ahead to Spring 2021.

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Host Bernie Schoenburg of The State Journal-Register joins guests Charlie Wheeler, the retired Director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at UIS, and Dave Dahl of WTAX NewsRadio to discuss Election 2020 and more.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Friday, November 6:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIH CEO Rex Budde and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Marci Moore-Connelly about the latest COVID-19 numbers, and how the organization is moving into the cold and flu season with coronavirus surging. 

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A bank robbery, attacks on Shady Rest, home bombings, and even the murder of a mayor: the squabbles between Birger’s gang and his enemies grow increasingly violent as Birger’s notoriety spreads.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Wednesday, November 4:

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The Illinois Department of Public Health announced another 68 COVID-19-related deaths Tuesday, the highest one-day total since June 17 as hospitalizations once again pushed second-wave highs.

The state also reported 6,516 new cases of COVID-19 among 82,435 test results reported, making for a one-day positivity rate of 7.9 percent which drove the seven-day rolling average case positivity rate to 8.2 percent.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with John Jackson of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute about big issues facing voters for Election Day 2020:

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Host Bernie Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register joins guests Hannah Meisel of NPR Illinois and Peter Hancock of Capitol News Illinois to discuss COVID guidelines for high school winter sports, as well as other coronavirus mitigations, the latest on the election and mail-in ballots, and the Black Caucus in the legislature coming together after veto session with various policy proposals.

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When Birger and his gang have scores to settle, dressing in drag might be their best option to take care of their dirty business. Meanwhile, Birger resorts to threats of violence to keep the doings of his gang under wraps.

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Host Bruce Rushton of The Illinois Times joins guests Peter Hancock of Capitol News Illinois and Amanda Vinicky of WTTW Chicago Tonight to discuss the latest on the graduated income tax amendment, mail-in ballots, early voting, and the Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Rodney Davis race (IL 13th).

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Friday, October 23:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Land of Lincoln Legal Aid's Andrew Weaver and Nicholette Dolin about an upcoming virtual expungement clinic.

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The war between the Birger and Shelton gangs rages on, with Charlie Birger desperate to get his hands on the Sheltons’ prized tank. In October, the bodies of two gangsters are discovered, with no culprits in sight.

Another southern Illinois lawmaker says he has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a Facebook post, State Representative Dave Severin announced he and his wife started feeling sick on October 10, and have both tested positive for the coronavirus.

Republican Incumbent Mike Bost of Murphysboro is defending his seat against Democratic Challenger Ray Lenzi of Carbondale. WSIU partnered with The Southern Illinoisan to ask them these questions:

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Tuesday, October 20:

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Monday, October 19:

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Host Bernie Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register joins guests Kent Redfield  of the University of Illinois Springfield and Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois to discuss the progressive income tax, a court hearing involving the restrictions the governor has placed on the state, local elections, and mail-in ballots.

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Summer and fall of 1926 sees several attacks and murders in quick succession between the Birger and Shelton gangs. The Sheltons’ attack on their former friend Art Newman and his wife Bessie causes Newman to reconsider his allegiances.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane about how the campus is handling COVID-19, along with what he's working on to boost enrollment in the future.

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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