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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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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Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngoze Ezike reported 1,187 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, along with eight new deaths attributed to the disease.

The new totals bring the state's overall coronavirus case count to 156,693, with 7,226 deaths.

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The state added 707 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with 25 new deaths attributed to the disease.

The new totals bring Illinois' overall coronavirus case count to 155,506, with 7,218 deaths.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane, as the campus prepares to welcome back students, faculty, and staff for the Fall 2020 semester.

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Illinois health officials say another 883 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Monday. The report brings the state's overall total of positive test results to 154,799 since the pandemic began.

In addition, another 6 people died from the coronavirus. The death toll for Illinois is now 7,193.

The state has now crossed the two-million mark for the number of tests administered - and the positivity rate for the past week (July 6-12) is 3%.

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Host Bernie Schoenburg of The State Journal-Register talks with Dave Dahl of WTAX-Radio and Peter Hancock of Capitol News Illinois about the latest happenings in Springfield.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with former State Representative Roger Eddy, who has written about his time in the Illinois legislature and during the impeachment of Rod Blagojevich in his new book, "A Front Row Seat."

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Illinois reported 954 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the state's new total of positive test results to 153,916. Another 19 deaths were also recorded, pushing the overall death toll to 7,187.

The state’s seven-day (July 3-11) average rate of positive tests out of all performed is 3%. More than 1.98 million tests have been administered since the start of the pandemic.

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State health officials say nearly 1,200 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health said 1,195 cases have been added to statewide testing results, bringing the total number since the start of the pandemic to 152,962.

Saturday marks the third consecutive day that reported cases in the state topped 1,000. Daily updates to confirmed cases had not been that high since June 5.

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Illinois' new COVID-19 cases grew again on Friday - with 1,317 new positive test results. The addition brings the state's overall cases to 151,767.

In addition, another 25 deaths were recorded - pushing the death toll to 7,144 overall.

Over the previous week (July 3-July 9), the positivity rate - a percentage of positive results compared to overall tests - rose three tenths of a point to 2.9%. As of Thursday, Illinois had processed 1.91 million tests since the outbreak began.

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The number of new COVID-19 cases in Illinois crept over 1,000 for the first time in several weeks on Thursday, and total cases since the pandemic began now top 150,000 statewide.

IDPH confirms 1,018 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the overall total to 150,450. In addition, another 20 people died from the coronavirus, pushing the state's death toll to 7,119.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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