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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Early and absentee voting is underway in Indiana.


As of Friday a total of just over a thousand people had voted absentee in Elkhart County. By comparison just over two thousand people voted absentee in 2014, the last primaries in a year without potential presidents on the ballot.

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A senior from South Bend Adams High School is competing today in the national Shakespeare competition in New York City.

A few days before competition Tiana Mudzimurema is still getting direction from her coach Christy Burgess.

“But imagine that you’re seeing that muse and like ‘come to me muse’ right?” “Oh I thought I was angry because it went away.” “Yeah but you’re saying…”


The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District has added a train tracker to the South Shore Line.

The train tracker shows in real time where South Shore Line trains are en route between South Bend and Chicago.

Nicole Barker is with the South Shore Line. She said the goal is to make sure people have more information.

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   The University of Notre Dame’s Idea Week festival kicks off Friday with events on campus including a talk by Patti LuPone.

The festival runs until Sunday April 29th with presentations, competitions and entertainment.

Nick Swisher is with the Idea Center at Notre Dame, the group that’s putting on the festival. He said he hopes the event can grow to be like a South by Southwest for innovation.

“We’re really trying to, I wouldn’t necessarily copy South by Southwest but honor what it’s done.”



St. Joseph County Indiana is short 300 poll workers for the upcoming primary elections.

St. Joseph County is looking for both Republicans and Democrats to work the polls for the primary election. Workers have to be evenly split between the parties to maintain fairness.

Workers will be trained for their  job and paid for the day.

Notre Dame women’s basketball player Arike Ogunbowale will appear on the next season of Dancing with the Stars.

Ogunbowale was named the MVP for the NCAA tournament this year which Notre Dame’s women won.

She is a junior at Notre Dame and a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has said she will return to Notre Dame for her senior year and hopes to repeat the NCAA tournament win.

The season of Dancing with the Stars Ogunbowale will appear in premieres on ABC on Monday April 30th at 8 p.m.


After two officer involved shootings in as many weeks South Bend police chief Scott Ruszkowski released a video comment Friday about the shootings and ongoing investigation.

In the video Ruskowski explained the review by the SBPD on its law policy, training.

He said the criminal investigation by the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is separate and happens any time someone is killed.


On Saturday scientists and science enthusiasts are gathering in South Bend for the 2018 March for Science.

Last year the March for Science in South Bend drew a crowd of more than a thousand. Far higher than the couple hundred organizers expected.

Robert Stanley is the chair of March for Science South Bend. He said they are expecting fewer people this year because the momentum is down with other protests and issues drawing people’s focus.

Stanley said science relates to a lot of those other issues.

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A semi truck struck an overhead guy wire at the intersection of Reedy Drive and Jeanwood Drive, just north of County Road six in Elkhart last night, knocking out power in the area.

The Elkhart Area Career Center and WVPE were impacted by the outage. WVPE lost power, satellite connection and audio for about 15 minutes starting at about 5:30 p.m. On-air audio was restored on generator power at about 5:45.

More Indiana voters are turning out for candidate debates this primary season.

After more than 450 people showed up for the  debate between the Democratic candidates for the second congressional district in South Bend, organizers moved the final debate from the IUSB Elkhart Center to the Lerner Theatre. More than 350 came to the debate in Elkhart.

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Spring weather in the midwest can mean tornadoes. Indiana did a statewide test of its sirens last month. Michigan is doing one Wednesday.

Tornado season typically runs from April to June in this area. On average since 2004, Michiana has gotten 11 tornadoes a year. Most of those are below an EF-3. That means the winds are less than 136 miles per hour.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Kyle Brown said that can make it more difficult for predictions.

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Elkhart’s Center for Community Justice has received a $100,000 grant from the county to support its work.

The Center for Community Justice runs a victim offender reconciliation program, a program to help those recently released from jail re-enter society, and educational programs on restorative justice for schools and workplaces.

The Center is supported mainly by grants. Over the last few years, funding has been down.


The Democratic candidates for Indiana’s second congressional district will debate for the second time tonight. They will be at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart.

The League of Women Voters and American Democracy project will host this final debate before the primaries. The three active candidates for the Democratic nomination; Mel Hall, Pat Hackett and Yatish Joshi will participate.

The debate was moved to the Lerner Theatre because more people have been coming to the debate events this year than have before.

Notre Dame is offering tours of its Nuclear Science Laboratory on Friday.

The tour is part of celebrations of the 80th birthday of the lab. It includes presentations on nuclear physics, and views of particle accelerators and reactors.

Tours run from 4:30 to 6. Participants must fill out a waiver and wear long pants and substantial close toed shoes.


The Friends of the St. Joseph River are holding a river cleanup event in South Bend this weekend.

The event is meant to help clear debris from the banks of the river. Cleanup will go from the Veterans Memorial Park boat launch to the IUSB footbridge on Northshore Boulevard.

It runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Trash bags will be provided but volunteers are asked to dress appropriately and wear work gloves.