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 University of Notre Dame has released this year’s study on its economic impact on the area. For the first time it looks beyond South Bend.

The numbers come from 2017. They track impact made by the university’s operational and capital investments, research spending, spending by students, visitors and event attendees, and increased wages earned by graduates. It comes out to $2.46 billion annually.

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More than 1,500 showed up at Four Winds Field Wednesday morning to learn CPR.


Despite the rain the students showed up and got the chance to learn basic CPR. Instead of being out on the baseball field, they crammed into the stadium concourse.

“They’re gonna learn some information today that could potentially save someone’s life," said Austin Szalai, a science teacher at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy. "Someone’s mother, brother, sister, know, you never know.”


The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend announced additions to its list of priests and deacons with credible allegations of abuse against them.

Michael Paquet, who served mainly in Fort Wayne, and Bruce Schutt, who served in Mishawaka, Fort Wayne and the military, have been added to the list. There are three allegations between them.

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The University of Notre Dame announced two task forces Tuesday that will address the Catholic Church’s Abuse crisis.

One task force will be on campus engagement, to facilitate dialogue and gather suggestions and comment on the crisis from students and faculty. The other is meant to rally the university’s community of researchers to address the history of the crisis and steps that may be helpful moving forward.


The Upper Room Recovery Community in South Bend is getting started with renovation work for a new women’s community.

The Upper Room has operated a men’s recovery community in South Bend since the early 80s. It’s a sober living community that partners with other agencies to provide counseling, job training, and other services to those recovering from addiction.

The new women’s community is expected to open in January.

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Most grapes in Michigan are off the vine already, but growers are in the midst of harvesting apples and cranberries.

With no spring frost and a warm summer growers are expecting pretty good crops this year.

Mark Longstroth is a small fruit extension educator with Michigan State University. He said the cool wet fall might be a problem for grapes

“We might have some disease problems later in the harvest if it stays wet but if it warms back up and drys off they should be able to get a good, high quality harvest.”

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A group is drumming up support for a plan that would increase and connect bus service in Berrien County.


The prevailing plan would consolidate the four existing public transportation systems, add new routes--including one to South Bend and one to Michigan City-- and connect smaller rural communities that currently don’t have public transit services.

It would create a public transit route between the north county urban areas of Benton Harbor and St. Joe and the south county urban area around Niles.

  The Boy Scouts of America has issued a recall for neckerchief slides that contain levels of lead that exceed federal limits.

Colored enamel on the Wolf, Bear, Lion and Webelos slides contains lead, which is toxic if ingested by children.

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  Three ministry-based early educations programs in Northern Indiana have received grants from Early Learning Indiana to help them improve in their Paths to QUALITY ratings.

The grants are funded through the Lilly Endowment and can be used for things like teacher training, facilities improvements, equipment or materials.

The idea is to help programs move to level three of the state’s Paths to QUALITY ratings so it can be considered  high quality.

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 A date has been set for the first debate between incumbent Republican Jackie Walorski and Democratic challenger Mel Hall. And it’s the same day and a senatorial debate between Joe Donnelly and Mike Braun.

The Walorski-Hall debate will be at 7 p.m. on October 8 on WSBT moderated by Bob Montgomery.

Hall’s campaign manager has said WSBT suggested the time for the debate.

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New data from the Census Bureau shows localized life expectancy data, a closer look than what was provided before. It’s allowing local health departments to concentrate efforts in struggling places.

Before these data some life expectancy information was available separated into zip codes, but those data were not available for every zip code. These new numbers are by census tract, a geographic area with roughly four thousand people.


The state of Indiana and NIPSCO have come to an agreement on a rate hike for natural gas customers.

NIPSCO gas customers will see monthly rates go up by about $8. In addition the base rate will go up $3. So consumers should expect to pay about $11 more a month on their bills.

The money will be spent upgrading natural gas infrastructure.

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor Spokesperson Anthony Swinger said the agreement is a good compromise.

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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.