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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Most people are spending the majority of their time at home right now. But not everyone has a safe home. Local organizations and mental health services are using a variety of methods to provide support for victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

In the last week the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s office has seen a slight uptick in calls for family disputes and disturbances. 

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ Alissa Eckert, MS


Mishawaka High School is teaming up with a local company to train temporary helpers for the health care industry.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb granted a temporary waiver that allows for people with basic training to help medical personnel with simple tasks like dressing, feeding and taking temperatures. 

These new medical workers are called Personal Care Attendants, or PCAs. 

Monica Caponigro / Robinson Shakespeare Company


The Robinson Shakespeare Company at the University of Notre Dame is usually an after school drama program for kids. Because of the coronavirus those kids are out of school, and performances are cancelled. The company has turned to using Shakespeare to promote proper handwashing.

Twenty second songs, like ‘My Country Tis of Thee,’ or ‘Happy Birthday,’ (twice) are the usual recommended methods for timing your handwashing. But students at the Robinson Company are using Shakespeare. 

Map by: South Bend Community School Corporation


For the last week or more schools across the country have been closed. Many students have been taking their classes online, including some students in South Bend who get the internet for those classes from a school bus.

South Bend Community Schools got some of their buses outfitted as WiFi hotspots so they could be deployed during snow day elearning this school year. When school was closed for the coronavirus, the buses were ready to roll.

Barbara Brosher, WFIU/WTIU News

  Among businesses still open under statewide stay at home orders are animal shelters. If you’re looking to adopt a pet as an isolation buddy, most shelters in the area are asking that you call first and make an appointment. 

Janet Graham at the Elkhart County Humane Society said the organization is letting just a few people in at a time and are stepping up their already rigorous cleaning and disinfection schedules.


Barbara Brosher


Health Departments across the country are working hard to get information about the coronavirus out to people to help slow the spread of the disease. But what if all the modern methods of communication, from the internet down to phone and radio aren’t an option?

There’s a sizable community of Amish people in Elkhart County. The County Health Department does have ways to communicate with them even during normal times. 

Curtesy Photo: Potawatomi Zoo


Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend announced Tuesday that it will not open for the season as planned on April third because of the coronavirus crisis. A postponed opening date has not been set.


With the Zoo largely closed to the public in the winter, there haven’t been any big changes yet. But with opening day coming up, Zoo officials decided to postpone it for now.

Five South Bend firefighters are in self-quarantine after interacting with a patient last week who has since tested positive for COVID-19.

Curtesy Photo: Centier Bank


  As efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus continue to shut down businesses, banks remain open. But, most banks have all but closed down their lobbies, leaving drive thru windows as the way to do business. They’re also doing a lot more cleaning and disinfecting.

Len Amat is Senior Vice President for Centier Bank. He said their lobby is still open by appointment only and they're working to keep customers informed.

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ Alissa Eckert, MS

  Berrien County Michigan is reporting an additional three cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total to five. 

Only one of the three newly reported cases is related to the March 8th concert at Andrews University. That case is a man over 60 who did not go to the concert, his wife did. She is one of the original two cases reported Saturday. The couple is recovering at home.

The other two cases are also men over age 60. One is self-isolating at home, the other is being treated at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joe.

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ Alissa Eckert, MS


On the afternoon of Sunday, March 22, the Indiana State Dept. of Health announced two more coronavirus deaths in the state.

The Goshen News is reporting that Goshen Health has 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Saturday Elkhart County announced its first case of the disease. Indiana State Health Dept. data so far does not reflect the additional cases in Elkhart County.

Meantime, St. Joseph County Sheriff William Redman announced on social media Sunday that, "My department is complying with Governor Eric J. Holcomb's Executive Order suspending all eviction and residential foreclosure proceedings during this state of emergency." 

Indiana Public Broadcasting has learned that a press briefing has been scheduled by the Indiana Governor's Office for Monday at noon.  The Governor's briefing will be about 15 minutes in length and will emanate from a location in front of his office doors.


Today Nick Simons posted to Facebook that the COVID-19 test results he and his wife had been waiting for finally came back.

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ Alissa Eckert, MS


Thursday Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced remote services for mental health, addiction services and prescribing would be expanded statewide. In the midst of a pandemic, those services are critical.

Being away from work, having kids at home, worrying about the coronavirus; all these things are realities right now, but are not so great for our mental health.

Lake Michigan Vintners tasting room
Jennifer Weingart / WVPE


  With coronavirus closures Michigan’s only degree earning wine and viticulture program is facing the challenges of colleges and wineries.

Wineries across Michigan are closed as part of the restaurant and bar closure instituted by the Governor to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Lake Michigan College has a Wine and Viticulture program where students also work in a college owned vineyard, winery and tasting room.

The University of Notre Dame
Jennifer Weingart

  The University of Notre Dame has extended its suspension of in person classes through the end of the spring semester. 

In a letter to the campus community university President Father John Jenkins says the move stems from recommendations by the CDC. 

The university has not yet decided if graduation ceremonies will continue as planned. Jenkins says they may elect to postpone graduation to sometime in the summer.