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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With more funding from state sources the city of South Bend is no longer planning to open a gateway center for people who are homeless. The city is now planning for more permanent supportive housing.

The gateway center was going to be a triage for those experiencing homelessness. It would house people temporarily and transition them into more stable situations. But the city only had the funding for 18 units of permanent supportive housing.

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The city of South Bend and the University of Notre Dame broke ground Monday on a joint project in Seitz Park.

For the city, the groundbreaking is about the next phase in the My South Bend Parks and Trails project. For the University, it’s about what’s underground.

 

A 2.5 megawatt hydroelectric plant, powered by the St. Joe River, will be installed under Seitz Park. Once finished, the plant will provide 7 percent of Notre Dame’s power.  

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  In an upstairs apartment on a quiet residential street in Goshen is a room full of worms. They belong to AJ Delgadillo. He estimates his 14 worm boxes hold about 17,000 worms. “I knew that I just was not going to become zero waste. That wasn’t possible for my life, but if someone can be zero waste, I can be better.”

 

Delgadillo recently passed a milestone of diverting half a ton of waste from landfills.

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Thursday is the first day back to school for students in Elkhart. This is the last year high schoolers will belong to different schools. 

 

Next year, students coming back will go to either the Memorial or Central campus of Elkhart High School. Sports teams and music ensembles will be unified. The class of 2021 will hold Elkhart High School diplomas.

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A group protested against a mega-industrial development west of South Bend at the City-County building and the County Council meeting last night.

The Indiana Enterprise Center would redevelop a large area between South Bend and New Carlisle. Twenty-two thousand acres that is now mostly farms.

Protestors from the Open Spaces and Agricultural Alliance of St. Joseph County say the land has already been developed...to grow food. 

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The St. Joseph County Redevelopment Commission approved a bond resolution on Tuesday to fund the county’s portion of the South Shore doubletracking project.

The redevelopment commission approved 21 million dollars in bonds that would be the county’s commitment to the doubletracking project. It’s also being funding by Lake, LaPorte and Porter Counties, the state and through federal grants.

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The Elkhart Education Foundation opened its schoolhouse supply store Monday. It's full of school supplies and hygeine items that teachers and school staff can take for students.

It’s no secret that most teachers spend a good chunk of their own money on supplies for their classrooms every school year. 

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Some communities in Michigan recently shot down attempts to allow recreational marijuana businesses.

MichMash’s Cheyna Roth and Co-Host Jake Neher break down whether the move signals a problem for the legal marijuana business in Michigan, or if it’s just regular growing pains for a new industry.

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Some Michigan residents will vote Tuesday in primary elections. Many ballots will have bond proposals for schools and municipalities. 

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Communities across Michigan head to the polls on Tuesday. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about how national politics are dragging attention away from these important elections.

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Breastfeeding mothers are gathering on the bluff in St. Joe Michigan on Saturday for an event that is both local and global.

Breastfeeding on the Bluff is an annual event put on by the Berrien County Health Department and the Berrien County Breastfeeding Coalition. The first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week.

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Here is a summary by topic of some of the points Pete Buttigieg made during the Democratic debate in Detroit Tuesday night:

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South Bend City Clerk Kareemah Fowler recently resigned her post to be CFO of South Bend Community Schools. That leaves a vacancy to be filled by a unique election.

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The lines, they are a changing. At least when it comes to Michigan’s political district lines. The Secretary of State’s office is working hard to implement a new citizen led, independent redistricting commission.

Co-Host Jake Neher of WDET is out on paternity leave. So MichMash host Cheyna Roth brought in special guests Lauren Gibbons and Emily Lawler of MLive. They discuss the importance of the new system…and things to look for in the future.

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The Benton Harbor School board is sending a draft plan to the state that includes efforts to boost student outcomes and pay down the districts debt without closing any schools.

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