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 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The tree is made up of mostly outdated suggestion slips donated by Martin’s Supermarkets.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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Today Winnebago announced that it has completed its acquistion of Newmar Corporation. 

In a press release, Winnebago says, "Consideration paid included $270 million in cash plus two million shares of Winnebago common stock." 


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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The Humane Society of Elkhart County has a four-eared cat in it’s shelter.

Doppler is about a year old. She was a stray in Goshen that was brought to the Humane Society.

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As the demand for locally produced foods continues to grow, so too does the number of small local farms producing that food.

Chris DiCicco is the farmer at Sower’s Purse Microfarm. He’s in his second growing season on about a third of an acre on East Napier in Benton Harbor. He said they’re trying to get people more involved in their food.

City of Elkhart logo on the sidewalk in front of city offices.
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The Kiwanis Club of Elkhart is hosting a debate next week for the city’s mayoral candidates.

The two candidates, Republican Dave Miller and Democrat Rod Roberson, will face each other in a debate moderated by local journalist Marshall King.

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Benton Harbor parents now have a place to go to get help with their kids and be directed to other local, state and federal programs for services.

The Family Resource Center is a classroom at the high school. It’s walls are painted gray and covered in inspirational artwork. Donated furniture and computers, and parenting books fill the room. 

Traci Burton is Family and Community Coordinator at BHAS. She said the idea is to help parents help their kids.

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The Benton Harbor Area Schools board declined to vote Tuesday night to create an advisory committee for the district.

The advisory committee is a state plan, from the Michigan Department of Treasury. It would be made up of representatives from the state, the district and the community. 

They would be tasked with coming up with an operational plan that would pay down the district’s debt and get students back on track academically.

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Educators gathered in Elkhart Tuesday night for the third and final hearing on teacher pay in Indiana.

Teacher after teacher came out of the sea of red for ed t-shirts to the microphone at Concord Junior High to tell the state that teachers should be paid more.

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The South Bend Common Council voted against a rezoning petition that would have paved the way for a new apartment complex for chronically homeless people.

The South Bend Heritage Foundation was planning to develop the site on Washington Street. By 2021 it would have hosted a 20 unit permanent supportive housing apartment building. 

After hours of testimony and public comment the board ultimately decided not to rezone.

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Friday Night the Elkhart Central High School Blue Blazers won the final rivalry game against Elkhart Memorial for the coveted Mangy Lion trophy. 

The stadium at Elkhart Central High School was packed with spectators for the final game between the city’s rival football teams. Next year the high schools will merge.

For those who remember, the merger is really going back to the way things were nearly 50 years ago. 

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The final Elkhart Central/Memorial rivalry football game leaves Elkhart Central High School as the  keepers of the Mangy Lion trophy.

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The Benton Harbor Area School Board has put up an online survey for people to weigh in on a state plan that proposes major changes for the district.

The online survey asks parents, district staff and community members to voice their opinion on the Michigan Department of Treasury’s plan. 

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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 grow food. 



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.