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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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.

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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
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  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.


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  Two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been found in St. Joseph County. 

Health Department officials say neither person has been hospitalized. Both are in self-isolation and recovering. 

These cases bring the total in St. Joseph County to three confirmed cases. More tests are pending.


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  A singer who performed at Andrews University in Berrien Springs in early March has tested positive for COVID-19.

Singer Sandi Patty performed on March 8th. She also held an in-person experience after the concert. Patty announced she has tested positive for COVID-19 on her Facebook page yesterday (Wed).

The Berrien County Health Department and Spectrum Health Lakeland are working to get tests for anyone who had contact with Patty and are showing symptoms.

Notre Dame's golden dome
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A University of Notre Dame student has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The student was in self-quarantine after returning from a London study abroad. They did not return to the University’s South Bend campus. 

The student is at home and receiving medical care. They are not from Indiana.

 A release from the University says the students local health department has been authorized to trace the students recent contact and will be notifying those individuals.

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The alcohol industry is taking a hit with all bars and restaurants in Indiana and Michigan ordered closed to dine-in patrons amid coronavirus spread. 

Governors across the US have ordered dine-in restaurants and bars closed in a social-distancing effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan has closed down almost entirely. Owner Bill Welter said they’re still distilling, but all their restaurant, bar, and event space business is shut down.



Kids across Indiana and Michigan are home from school and encouraged to stay away from older relatives to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But, how do you explain to your children all these unprecedented changes? 

WVPE’s Jennifer Weingart spoke to Darcia Narvaez, a psychologist from the University of Notre Dame, about how to talk to kids about coronavirus.


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All K-12 Schools in Michigan are closed Monday. It’s the first day in an extended closure meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 outbreaks. 

For some Michigan kids, the meals they get at school are the only guaranteed food they get in a day. During the closure, the state has told districts to go to a model that resembles summer feeding programs.

University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins released a video statement to the campus community overnight on Sunday. 


The University is closed this week. The extension of spring break was made to allow professors time to move classes online. Those courses will begin Monday, March 23rd.

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 Four Winds four casinos in Michiana will remain open for the time being amid Coronavirus outbreaks. 

The Indiana Gaming Commission announced Saturday that all state licensed casinos will be closed for two weeks beginning Monday. 

Four Winds casinos are under tribal government jurisdiction and are not subject to that closure. 

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi website shows the tribe has postponed all tribal events and activities. 

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio


Schools across Michigan are working to implement plans for coronavirus closures they hoped they wouldn’t have to use.

Health officials in Michigan say 13 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus, more than doubling the number of cases to 25. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Friday the new cases are adults.

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The state of Michigan has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in Metro Detroit. Michiana organizations are continuing to prepare for the possibility of a local outbreak.

No major closures have happened in Southwest Michigan yet. But health officials are saying local businesses are restricting non-essential international and domestic travel. The health department says individuals should do the same.