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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A church group from Goshen is among those stranded in Haiti amid violent demonstrations.

The group from River Oaks Community Church is safe. Thirteen high schoolers and five adult chaperones are at a nonprofit compound about an hour and a half north of Port-au-Prince.


Summertime in Michigan often means a trip to ‘the Lake’ usually meaning one of the Great Lakes.

There have been 37 drownings so far this year in the Great Lakes. But most people don’t know what drowning actually looks like.

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  There are rip current and swim safety warnings around a big chunk of the Great Lakes Friday, including the southern shore of Lake Michigan from Allegan County, Michigan around to Lake County, Illinois.

WVPE’s Jennifer Weingart spoke with Jamie Racklyeft the founder of the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium about safe swimming in the great lakes and his remarkable personal story.



A group of Notre Dame astronomers will be up on the roof of the Jordan Science Building Friday for a stargazing event.


There will be multiple telescopes as well as astronomers and physicists at Jordan Hall to teach participants about the stars, planets and other matter that make up our solar system.

Jonathan Crass is with the physics department at Notre Dame. He said the goal of the event is to get people to look up.


Michigan voters have just under a week to get registered before the deadline for the August primary.


The deadline to register to vote in the primary in Michigan is July 9th. And with the holiday this week, and many clerks offices closed on Wednesday, that’s even less time to get registered.

Berrien County Clerk Sharon Tyler said this will be a busy election season for those in Southwest Michigan.

Funeral services for the Goshen Police Chief that died this week will be held Saturday.

Wade K Branson died on Monday from cancer. He was 61.

Branson was a 35 year veteran of the department. He had served as chief since 2009.

Funeral services will be held at Grace Community Church at 11 a.m. A processional through Goshen will follow the services.


 After all the drama on the Democratic side of the St. Joseph County sheriff race last week, Republican candidate Paul Jonas held a press conference Thursday to defend his qualifications.

When Chuck Hurley announced that he was going to run as an independent in the St. Joseph County Sheriff race he said that he had a conversation with the current sheriff and that they had agreed that neither of the current candidates were sufficiently qualified for the position.


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  The University of Notre Dame has been sued over its plans to drop copay free birth control options starting July first. The student group is also suing the Trump Administration.


Notre Dame’s birth control coverage has changed several times since the Affordable Care Act mandated it.

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Three recent high school graduates from Notre Dame’s QuarkNet program are headed to France on Friday to present at the International Planetarium Society Conference.

QuarkNet is a program for science teachers and students to learn new ways to teach particle physics.

In France students Julianna Meyer, Fiona Hughes and Rose Kelly are presenting a planetarium show they’ve created on particle physics.


The South Bend Civic Theatre broke ground on a new outdoor performance space. The goal is a space that can be used for the Civic and other art in South Bend.

Foegley Plaza will be a patio that terraces upwards into seating. It’s a small space, about 60 feet square, that would seat about 70 people.

It was partially funded with a $50,000 grant from the Visit South Bend Mishawaka tourism capital development fund. Other funding comes from private donors.

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A group of organizations filed suit against the Trump Administration and the University of Notre Dame over changes to birth control coverage for students and employees.

A group of students and staff called Irish 4 Reproductive Health are suing because the University will stop offering co-pay free birth control starting July first.

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After a week of back and forth, the St. Joseph County Democrats and the campaign to elect Bill Redman for Sheriff held a press conference Monday to provide a united front for the November general election.

Bill Redman will be the fully supported democratic candidate for St. Joseph County Sheriff. That was the message from the party.

Chairman of the St. Joseph County Democrats, Jason Critchlow, says the party is united behind the choice of the voters.

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The eaglets at Notre Dame’s LEEF facility have started to leave the nest.

It won’t be until October when the eaglets will leave for good. Right now they’re learning how to hunt and exploring their territory.

Brett Peters is the Assistant Director of LEEF.

“They’ll be in this area, generally we’re able to see them here at ND-LEEF or St. Patrick’s Park through most of the summer and a lot of the fall.”


St. Joseph County Sheriff Mike Grzegorek reacted to a South Bend Tribune editorial at a press conference Thursday night.

Grzegorek called the press conference to state he hadn’t asked Chuck Hurley to run. He said he has supported Democratic candidate Bill Redman over the years and went on to say that since being promoted to lieutenant, Redman has become ‘obstinate and uncooperative.’

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A new Indiana law that goes into effect July 1st will have home builders report the use of certain materials to fire departments. It’s meant to help save firefighters’ lives.

Home builders would have to report the use of engineered wood. Which is lightweight and cheap. It also burns faster.