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

State of Illinois

Illinois added 2,122 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and logging 176 deaths in the same 24-hour period.

State of Illinois

The state of Illinois showed an increase in its COVID-19 cases on Monday, with a jump of 2,341 new patients. Forty-six people died in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 2,662.

The Department of Public Health says there have been 63,840 cases of COVID-19 in Illinois. Ninety-seven of the state's 102 counties have reported at least one case of COVID-19.

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State of Illinois

Illinois' Department of Public Health announced 2,994 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, on a day when a record number of tests were also performed.

State of Illinois

The state's total number of infections tops 58,500, and the death toll is more than 2,500.

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for Friday, May 1, 2020:

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City of Marion

The City of Marion won't be enforcing Governor JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order extension, which takes effect Friday.

SIU Trustees and administrators say they're doing the best they can to respond to COVID-19's effects on the university, as well as plan for numerous future scenarios.

Richland County authorities are contacting people who may have come in contact with a person infected with COVID-19, who went shopping earlier this week after her diagnosis.

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for Thursday, April 30:

After nearly six weeks, Southern Illinois Healthcare says it's working on a plan to resume elective surgeries in the region.

SIH halted the surgeries due to the COVID-19 crisis, and furloughed employees because of the cutback in activity.

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Illinois Treasurer

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs about the state's Bridge Loan program for businesses, and Charitable Trust program for non-profits.

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for Wednesday, April 29:

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for Tuesday, April 28:

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Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Linda Renee Baker of SIU's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Baker has worked with the Simon Institute and SIU School of Medicine to address disparities in healthcare that fall along racial and socioeconomic lines.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony.

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for Monday, April 27:

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In southern Illinois, several counties are reporting new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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In Jackson County, nine new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Saturday.

Southern Illinois University

SIU President Dan Mahony says he's putting together a system-wide task force to prepare for a multitude of scenarios heading into the next fiscal year, which starts July first, and the next academic year.

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for Friday, April 24:

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Southern Illinois University

The third and final candidate for SIUC Chancellor says he would use his expertise in data analytics to help students succeed if he's selected for the job.


Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for Thursday, April 23:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Solarize Southern Illinois' Beau Henson and Straight Up Solar's Brent Ritzel about their new group buy project.

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Southern Illinois University

A second candidate for SIU Carbondale's top job says he has big goals for the university.

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for Tuesday, April 21:

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Southern Illinois University

The first of three finalists for SIUC Chancellor met virtually with campus and community members Friday.

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for Friday, April 17:

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As people venture out for groceries and other necessities, many are questioning just what they need to stay safe. A local expert says when it comes to masks - yes. But gloves? No.

Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report the morning's news for Thursday, April 16:

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