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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The end of July brought another day with an increase in the number of new COVID-19 infections in Illinois. The state reported 1,941 new cases on Friday, along with 21 deaths connected to the coronavirus.

Overall, Illinois has recorded 178,837 cases of COVID-19, and 7,495 deaths.

With cases continuing to rise, the overall statewide positivity grew a tenth of a percent - to 3.9% for the week ending July 30. Health officials report 1,369 people were hospitalized across Illinois with COVID-19. Of those, 346 were in the ICU, and 148 were on ventilators.

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Masks are now required in Carbondale - in all public places where distancing isn't possible.

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The state has put 11 counties in "warning" status because of their COVID-19 metrics - and seven of those counties are in southern Illinois.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Friday, July 31:

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Illinois COVID-19 report showed nearly 1,800 new infections on Thursday, as Governor JB Pritzker warned several parts of the state are "moving in the wrong direction" when it comes to positivity rates and other metrics.

With 1,773 new positive cases reported, Illinois' overall COVID-19 total is now 176,896. Further, another 18 people died from complications associated with the coronavirus. That pushes the death toll to 7,478.

The overall statewide positivity remained at 3.8% for the week ending July 29, and health officials report 1,452 people were hospitalized across Illinois with COVID-19. Of those, 353 were in the ICU, and 149 were on ventilators.

After Charlie Birger establishes the profitable “Near Bar” in town, Beatrice recalls her husband’s ability to “operate with minimum of interference” due to his weekly payoffs of certain local law enforcement.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Thursday, July 30.

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Wednesday brought another 1,393 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, along with 18 more deaths attributed to the coronavirus. Those new infections pushed the overall case total to 175,124, and the death toll climbed to 7,462.

Meanwhile, the overall statewide positivity rate held steady at 3.8% for the week ending July 28, and health officials report 1,491 people were hospitalized across Illinois with COVID-19. Of those, 355 were in the ICU, and 152 were on ventilators.

Dan Klefstad and Jennifer Fuller report the morning's news for Wednesday, July 29:

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Illinois recorded 1,076 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, lifting the overall case count to 173,731. The day's data also showed 30 more deaths attributed to the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 7,446.

The overall positivity rate held stead at 3.8% for the week ending July 27, and health officials report 1,383 people were hospitalized across Illinois with COVID-19. Of those, 329 were in the ICU, and 128 were on ventilators.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about how the university system is preparing for students to return amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Illinois' COVID-19 cases rose by 1,231 on Monday, and another 18 deaths were recorded.

The new totals bring Illinois' overall COVID-19 case count to 172,655 and the overall death toll to 7,416.

The overall positivity ticked up a tenth of a point to 3.8% for the week ending July 26, and health officials report 1,417 people were hospitalized across Illinois with COVID-19. Of those, 350 were in the ICU, and 124 were on ventilators.

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The Jackson County Public Health Department has issued an alert, after dozens of new COVID-19 cases were recorded over the past week.

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Illinois' COVID-19 cases grew by 1,532 on Friday, as the state put four counties on a warning list because of their infection rates and other statistics. Another 19 deaths were recorded, as well.

The new totals bring Illinois' overall COVID-19 case count to 168,457 and the overall death toll to 7,385.

The overall positivity rate held steady at 3.4% for the week ending July 24, and health officials report 1,471 people were hospitalized across Illinois with COVID-19. Of those, 325 were in the ICU, and 115 were on ventilators.

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Host Bernie Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register joins guests Charlie Wheeler of the University of Illinois- Springfield and Rebecca Anzel of Capitol News Illinois to talk about the week's news in capitol politics.

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Illinois reported 1,624 new cases of COVID-19  on Thursday - pushing the overall total for infections to 166,925. In addition, the state logged 20 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, raising the death toll to 7,367.

The overall positivity rate bumped up two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.4% for the week ending July 22. Health officials report 1,473 people were hospitalized across Illinois with COVID-19. Of those, 309 were in the ICU, and 135 were on ventilators.

In this episode of Inside the Blanket Fort, learn more about upcoming projects for Blanket Fort Radio Theater - and meet the students behind those projects.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller caught up with SIH CEO Rex Budde about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in his oranization's service area, along with what he expects for the next several weeks and months.

In the summer of 1919, Charlie Birger meets and marries 18-year-old Beatrice Bainbridge in Harrisburg, much to the dismay of her parents. Beatrice becomes the reluctant stepmother of Charlie’s daughter Minnie, and the three of them take up residence in Harrisburg.

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The state's COVID-19 totals rose again on Wednesday, with 1,598 new cases reported. Additionally, another 23 deaths attributed to the disease were recorded.

Overall, Illinois' total infections now stand at 165,301, with 7,347 deaths.

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Illinois' COVID-19 cases rose by 955 Tuesday, and the state added 23 more deaths attributed to the coronavirus.

Overall, Illinois' total infections now stand at 163,703, with 7,324 deaths.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with 40 Below Joe creator Curt Jones about his new endeavor, along with ties to Southern Illinois University and plans for the future.

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Illinois' COVID-19 cases grew by another 1,173 on Monday, pushing the overall total to 162,748. In addition, six more deaths were attributed to the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 7,301.

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Host Bruce Rushton of the Illinois Times joins guests Charlie Wheeler of the Univeristy of Illinois- Springfield and Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois to talk about the week's news in capitol politics.

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Another 1,384 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Illinois on Friday, along with 22 new deaths attributed to the disease.

The new totals bring the state's overall case count to 159,334, with 7,272 deaths.

Southern Illinois Republicans say Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan needs to step down, after news he was implicated in a bribery scheme involving utility giant ComEd.

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An additional 1,257 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Illinois on Thursday, and the state added 25 more deaths from COVID-19.

The new totals bring the state's overall case count to 157,950, with 7,251 deaths.

When police raid a local saloon, Charlie Birger uses it as an opportunity to take down one of his competitors in the liquor business, but not everything goes to plan.

In this episode of Inside the Blanket Fort, meet some of the students behind Blanket Fort Radio Theater, and learn how their project evolved amid a global pandemic.

Governor JB Pritzker says expanding the number of regions for tracking COVID-19 will allow the state to take a more "surgical approach" when responding to outbreaks.

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