Jennifer Weingart

Reporter/Host, All Things Considered

Jennifer Weingart is a reporter and All Things Considered host. She holds a degree in broadcasting and journalism from Central Michigan University, prior work experience from WCMU in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. and WDET in Detroit. She likes stories that involve passionate people doing awesome things. Her work is heard on WVPE, the Michigan Public Radio Network, Indiana's regional journalism cooperative and a few times on NPR.

Jennifer believes that Public Radio is where the best stories go to get told.

When she's not chasing a story she can be found listening to NPR podcasts while running, baking recipes off Pinterest, doing something marching band related, or reading anything that stands still long enough. She also enjoys cats, dresses with weird prints, camping and TV shows with quality character development. She is a fantastic whistler.

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American Airlines is returning to South Bend International Airport with non-stop flights to Dallas and Charlotte.

American Airlines left South Bend in 2003. The airline's return will connect South Bend to its two biggest hubs.

The move will bring 93 thousand seats on flights and an estimated 20 million dollars in revenue to the area.

Governor Eric Holcomb said the expansion in South Bend is part of a larger  trend. Indianapolis added it’s first non-stop route to Europe in September.


The Elkhart Civic Theatre is planning a renovation of the Bristol Opera House.

The 110 thousand dollar renovation will revamp the lobby area and overhaul the men’s restroom.

Dave DuFour is the Executive Director of Elkhart Civic Theatre. He said the renovation is for the patrons.


The Indiana Youth Institute is holding a lunch event in South Bend on Thursday to discuss youth human trafficking in Indiana.

The Youth Worker Café events are meant for people who work with youth like police officers and after-school program coordinators.

Participants will learn the signs of human trafficking, how to identify victims and more about the scope of the issue.  

Melanie Walker is the Northwest outreach manager for the Indiana Youth Institute:


The Indiana State Department of Health has denied an application for a license to open an abortion clinic in South Bend.


Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, a non-profit entity, applied in August to open an abortion clinic offering medication abortions, also known as the abortion pill. It was announced to the public in October.


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Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are working on a program with community college students found those who receive mentorship support had a greater chance of completing an associates degree than those who didn’t.

Sunburst Races


Michiana’s longrunning Sunburst races has dropped the marathon for the event this year.


Organizers say they plan to focus on the shorter races.

The marathon went from 800 finishers a few years ago to under 250 in 2017. That prompted organizers to cut it.

The race on June second will still have a half-marathon, 10-K and 5-K.

Travis Bladecki is the race director for Sunburst. He says with everything that goes into planning a marathon, it wasn’t worth it anymore.

South Bend Police Department


  Data from the South Bend Police Department show more shootings in 2017 but fewer use of force incidents, and other positives in the numbers.

There were 102 shootings in South Bend in 2017. That’s up from 81 in 2016.

Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski said they’re not happy with the numbers.

“Obviously we had an uptick from shootings in 2016 to 2017. None of us at this table, none of us not at this table, are happy with it at all. One is too many, period.”

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After a successful football season rescuing food from Notre Dame, non-profit Cultivate is rescuing food from basketball and hockey games as well.

Cultivate rescued more than 7 thousand pounds of unused food after Notre Dame football games this fall. Now they’re rescuing food after hockey and basketball games.

Cultivate partners with food banks and shelters around South Bend. The food is either donated directly or repackaged as meals and given to those in need.

Michigan State Police


Additional highway patrols will be out for New Years Eve to watch for drunk and dangerous drivers.

Every year on big celebratory holidays both the Michigan and Indiana State Police increase specialty highway patrols that look specifically for those driving under the influence.

New Years Eve is one of their big nights.

Spokesperson Melinda Logan is with the Michigan State Police post in Niles. She said there have made fewer drunk driving arrests than in the past.

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In the new year minors found in possession of alcohol will get a little more leniency under the law.

The consequences defined by Michigan’s minor is possession or MIP law are changing starting January first.

The first MIP offense will be a civil infraction, instead of a misdemeanor. A minor will have to pay a fine and could be sentenced to community service or to substance abuse classes. The civil infraction will appear on a person’s driving record.

Meijer has voluntarily recalled products containing sliced apples from a Detroit area produce company that may contain listeria.

The apple-products come from Fresh-Pak Inc. And are sold in Meijer stores in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.


Online holiday shopping boomed this year, up around 15 percent nationally. While the big rush happens before Christmas, there are still more packages that will be processed after as well.


As people return unwanted gifts or spend gift cards, more packages will go through the mail.

Jason Scholten is the postmaster of the Elkhart post office.  

“It’s not as heavy but as people use gift cards and return parcels we do see an uptick in deliveries and pickups.”

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The bike-share company LimeBike has released end-of-year data that show the company’s first six months in South Bend have been successful.

LimeBike is a dockless bike share that started operating in South Bend over the summer. In that time 27 thousand riders have covered 85 thousand miles on the green bikes.  

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Between space heaters, holiday lights and dry Christmas trees, this time of year has more than its fair share of fire hazards.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association nearly a thousand home and structure fires are started annually this time of year by decorations, trees, fireworks, candles and holiday cooking.

Benton Harbor Area Schools


After nine months of a partnership agreement between the State of Michigan and Benton Harbor Area Schools, the results are largely positive. Academic scores are mostly up, but some benchmarks are still falling short.