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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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.


Berrien County is six weeks into a year-long pilot program to test impaired drivers for marijuana usage.

Seven police officers in Berrien County are trained to administer tests that check for traces of marijuana, a component called Delta-9 Tetrahydro Cannabinoid, in a driver’s saliva.

Trooper Jim Janes is a Drug Recognition Expert with the Michigan State Police in Niles. He says drivers must first be pulled over for erratic driving or another offense before the test is administered.

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Cold weather and holiday decorations mean higher energy bills this time of year. But there are ways to help lower them, and help the planet.

Christmas lights, inflatables and other holiday decorations increase energy usage. And if you use electric heating, your power bills are probably pretty steep.

Indiana Michigan Power spokesperson Tracy Warner says one easy switch is different Christmas lights.

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The last of the letters Santa will be able to reply to are arriving at the North Pole Friday.


Letters to Santa can be dropped off in special boxes at most post offices in the U.S. A lot of those letters make their way to Anchorage, Alaska where the postmaster collects them, and sends replies back from the North Pole.

The letters have to make to Alaska by Friday, December 15 in order for Santa to reply.


Ski Hills around Michiana are looking forward to higher amounts of snow this year after two years of low snowfall.

The last two years have been rough for ski hills. Snowfall amounts have been low, and temps have been higher, making it difficult to make snow.

Jamie Stafne is the spokesperson for Swiss Valley Ski Area in Jones, Michigan. She said the cold snowy weather right now is ideal for their snow-making equipment.



Holiday postal and shipping deadlines are coming up this week and next.

Different types of mail have different shipping deadlines with the U.S. postal service, but in general, if you try to send it after December 20th, it’s not going to make it for Christmas.

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Unsafe sleep habits, cigarette smoke and maternal health are the leading causes of death for infants in St. Joseph county according to case studies by the county’s health department. The studies are part of an effort to address and lower infant death rates.

The Fetal-Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is part of a nation-wide effort to review and address the causes of infant deaths.

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As Michiana starts to prepare for winter weather, road crews have been working to get plows, salt and drivers ready to roll.

Hiring, ordering salt and plow repairs are just a few things that local highway departments do to get ready for snow and winter weather.

Jeff Taylor is the manager of the Elkhart County Highway Department. He said one of the challenges this year was low unemployment in the county.


Community centers, libraries and schools across the country are reading one book Thursday, in an effort to raise awareness and education around transgender children.


The book is ‘I Am Jazz” written by reality TV star and transgender child activist Jazz Jennings.


Michiana is likely to see a lot of precipitation this winter, but whether it’s in the form of rain or snow is still up in the air.

Forecasts are calling for snow showers Wednesday and Thursday. Meteorologist says this could be the first snowfall of a snowy winter but if the winds change the season could be rainy instead.

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Officers at the Elkhart Police Department are back to well shaven after a month of growing beards and collecting food for the Salvation Army.

For the month of November Elkhart police officers could forgo shaving and bring in a non-perishable food item each day to wear a beard.

Officers are allowed to have a mustache under their dress code, but no other facial hair.

Department spokesperson Chris Snyder says it was fun seeing all the different types of facial hair.


Indiana’s high school graduation rate is expected to drop significantly when new federal guidelines take effect at the end of this school year. But some education experts say that’s not as bad as it sounds.

The Every Student Succeeds Act changes the requirements for getting a high school diploma.

Under the federal law, thousands of general diplomas would no longer count. General diplomas require fewer math, social studies and science credits – and less testing.

The change could decrease the state’s graduation rate by as much as 12 percent.


The mannequins in some St. Joseph, Michigan store windows will be real people for an event Friday evening.

The Living Mannequins displays have been part of St. Joe’s light up the bluff holiday event for six years now.

Displays follow a theme and must incorporate the goods or services of the business in whose window they appear. They compete for judged awards and people’s choice awards.

This year the theme is literature, and will include Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Where’s Waldo, among others.

Joe Doran died Wednesday. Doran was a politician and community leader in South Bend and St. Joseph County.


Joe Doran grew up in South Bend and graduated from Central High School then went to serve in World War II. When he returned he became the Assistant Chief of the South Bend Fire Department.

He retired from the fire department after 22 years, then went into politics. He served at the County Democratic Chair, the County Clerk and Treasurer for St. Joseph County.


Garrison Keillor will not perform at Goshen College in May following allegations of inappropriate behavior against the popular public radio personality.

Goshen College says it is cancelling the performance scheduled for May 6th as part of Goshen College Music Center’s performing arts series.

Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media severed ties from Keillor after allegation surfaced of inappropriate behavior during his time as the producer of ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’