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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Bethel College in Mishawaka will be called Bethel University after this school year.

The school has been Bethel College since its founding in 1947. School officials say changing to ‘university’ better reflects the course offerings and student body.

President Gregg Chenoweth said with more students enrolling online, more graduate programs, and a large body of international students it makes sense to change to a name that is better understood internationally.

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Tuesday a list of allegations against Catholic priests and deacons in the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese was released by Bishop Kevin Rhoades.

WVPE Jennifer Weingart spoke to Tim O’Malley, the director for education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame about the list, and about being a Catholic right now.



The Goshen board of works approved funding yesterday for design work on upgrades for the city’s wastewater plant.

The one point four million dollars to Donahue and Associates will be used to design the upgrades to the plant. They will then be submitted for approval to the state department of environmental management. Then a request for bids on the work will go out.


The Indiana Department of Health is reviewing a order from a judge that recommends a proposed abortion clinic in South Bend be licensed.


The clinic would offer medication abortions to women up to 10 weeks pregnant. Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, the company planning to open the clinic, applied for a license last October. They were denied by the state health department for not disclosing some information about the company’s other clinics.


An Indianapolis judge has issued a recommended order for a proposed abortion clinic in South Bend.

Whole Woman’s Health alliance is seeking to open a clinic that will offer medication abortions in the city.

The judges recommend order comes after the state health department had rejected Whole Woman’s Health Alliance’s license application.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades at a recent press conference in Fort Wayne regarding the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
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Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese has been cleared of sexual misconduct allegations by the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania district attorney.

Bishop Rhoades was accused of misconduct by the family of a man who died in 1996. The incident allegedly occurred while Rhoades was serving in the diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where numerous allegations of sexual abuse came out of a grand jury investigation last month.

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Seventeen years ago Tuesdsay, far from Michiana, four planes were used as weapons in the most deadly terror attacks in American history.

Those events touched many lives in the immediate aftermath and the years since. As they become more distant, the concern is raised on how September 11th will be remembered by a younger generation of Americans.

Most high school students in America today do not have a living memory of the September 11 attacks.

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Across the country this morning people are pausing to remember a morning 17 years ago when four high-jacked planes crashed in New York City, at the Pentagon and in a field in rural Pennsylvania.

A ceremony in St. Patrick’s park this morning sought to remember the one person from South Bend, Katie McCloskey, who died at the World Trade Center in 2001.

It was also a remembrance and appreciation for first responders and military service members.

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People across Michiana will remember September 11th in many different ways. Events are listed chronologically. ($ denotes the event has a cost for attendees)

8 a.m. Flags at Notre Dame

Young Americans for Freedom will hold its 9/11 Never Forget Project. They will plant 2,977 small flags, one for each 9/11 victim in the South Quad at the University.

9 a.m. Bell Ringing at St. Patrick’s Park

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The St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit swore in six student-investigators at it’s new space at the University of Notre Dame Friday.

The unit is made up of one director, three officers and the six students. Their work is to track digital evidence, investigate witness, victim or suspect statements and help to serve search warrants.

Christina Casino is one of the student-investigators. She’s a senior at Notre Dame and has been with the unit since the summer following her sophomore year.

Hall of Heroes Comic Con


This weekend Elkhart will host the second annual Hall of Heroes Comic Con. After a large turnout last year, the con has expanded.

Last year the Hall of Heroes Comic Con was just inside the Learner Theatre. This year it will also spread across four blocks of downtown Elkhart.

Allen Stewart is the founder of the Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum, and the comic con. He said they learned a lot from last year.

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The Goshen City Council passed a stricter non-smoking ordinance Tuesday night. It puts vaping on the same level as smoking and bans both in public parks.

Goshen’s new ordinance bans smoking inside all businesses except three bars that have traditionally been smoking, and vape shops.

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Elkhart is beginning to make plans to remodel the central plaza area in the city’s downtown.

The central plaza area--which is the Civic Plaza with the clock and Central Park behind it-- has played host to an increasing number of events in recent years, officials say it went from five to more than 50.

Elkhart mayor Tim Neese said as more people spend time downtown with events, the city needs an update.


UPDATE: The Michigan State Police have cancelled the AMBER alert. The suspect was apprehended and the children were found safe.



The Michigan and Indiana State Police have both issued Amber Alerts for three missing Sturgis Children.