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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The Benton Harbor Area School Board has voted to create an advisory committee with the state. The committee will create and operating plan for the struggling district. 

In May the state of Michigan suggested closing Benton Harbor High School as a way to pay down the districts debt and focus on academics for kindergarten through 8th grade students. After staunch resistance, the plan was dropped.

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It’s likely going to be a few more weeks before it gets cold enough in Michiana to kill all the mosquitoes. That’s more important this fall with the cases of a deadly mosquito-borne virus. 

Health officials and residents are waiting for the temperature to drop low enough to kill mosquitoes that could be carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

City of Elkhart logo on the sidewalk in front of city offices.
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The Elkhart Police and Fire Department and the dispatch center will be moving to the old Bayer site.

 

The council allocated $3.4 million Monday Night to purchase the Bayer site and adapt it to the needs of fire, police and dispatch. 

Elkhart Police Chief Chris Snyder said they’ve outgrown their space. “We’ve done everything we can to adapt this building to what our needs have been during that time. Our needs now just exceed what the four walls here give us.”

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UPDATED: Activists are again calling for greater transparency over the Indiana Enterprise Center (IEC) after they received stacks of emails through a public records request. 

The IEC is a proposed industrial park development on land between South Bend and New Carlisle. The Open Spaces and Agricultural Alliance (OSAA) says the plan for the Center has been made behind closed doors. They say it threatens the drinking water in the area and will turn rich farmland into brownfields. 

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The city of South Bend cut the ribbon on the new Leeper Park playground on Monday.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was in town this morning to help some fourth graders from Madison STEAM Academy cut the ribbon on the new playground. Buttigieg said now it’s up to the next generation.

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The fetal remains found in a late abortion provider’s Illinois garage have been moved to St. Joseph County, Indiana. 

After doctor Ulrich Klopfer died in early September more than 2,200 medically preserved fetal remains were found stored in his garage. 

Curtesy Photo: Bob Feferman, Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley

The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley had a visitor from the Israeli Consulate to the Midwest last week. WVPE’s Jennifer Weingart sat down with her to talk about her job, the similarities between the US and Israel and representing her country as a Jewish woman of color.

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No additional fetal remains have been found after a search of two St. Joseph County properties.

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies are searching the two properties in St. Joseph County in the Ulrich Klopfer investigation. The doctor performed abortions in Indiana before his license was suspended in 2016.

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The Fine Arts Club at IU South Bend has created a 14 foot tall paper mache giving tree for a food drive Thursday.

The tree is made up of mostly outdated suggestion slips donated by Martin’s Supermarkets. 

Since February, when Martin’s approached them with the idea, 12 members of the club put about 120 hours into the tree. It took 60 gallons of wheat paste, all those suggestion slips, and a bit of newspaper to build the structure. 

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 Monday morning Winnebago Industries announced it would acquire Newmar Corporation.

Newmar makes luxury motorhomes. It’s based in Nappanee. Winnebago is headquartered in Iowa. Winnebago will pay about $344 million for Newmar; some paid in cash and the rest in Winnebago stock.

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The first home football game for the Fighting Irish is happening today at Notre Dame. A delegation from Ireland will be in attendance and they plan a home opener for the Irish in 2020 that will be thousands of miles away from Notre Dame Stadium. 

 

K21 Health Foundation of Kosciusko County has announced grants for an ice rink and for some smaller communities in the county.

K21 Health Foundation was created in 1999 with money from the sale of a public hospital to a corporation. 

The grants are a little unusual. They are not yet granted to anyone. The foundation announced that it will award a million dollars to construct an ice rink and pavilion somewhere in the county. The foundation doesn’t know the location or organizations that will build and run the facility.

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Four Winds Casino South Bend broke ground today on a 23 story, 317 room hotel. It's is a major expansion on the property. It will have conference and event spaces, a ballroom, a new restaurant and a day spa to the east of the casino. 

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Wednesday marks 18 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. That means most high school students weren’t alive when the attacks happened.

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The Benton Harbor School Board voted last night to create an advisory board that would make plans to turn the district around.

The board voted unanimously to create the committee. The Michigan Department of Treasury presented the idea at a meeting on August 16th. This is the plan proposed by the state after its initial plan to close the district’s high school met with staunch opposition in the community.

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