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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Elkhart Community Schools is asking for the community’s help in writing lyrics for the new fight song for the combined high school that students will attend this fall.

Elkhart Memorial and Central High Schools will compete as one set of sports teams next school year. 

Because of the merger, there have been a lot of decisions to be made. Last spring the school choose the Lions as the new mascot. 

 

Community education advocates gathered Saturday to discuss the Purdue Polytechnic Charter High School coming to South Bend.

 

Purdue was granted a charter by the state to open a Purdue Polytechnic charter high school in South Bend. There are two Purdue Polytechnic High Schools operating in Indianapolis. 

What’s up for debate is whether or not Purdue will partner with South Bend Community Schools to make the charter an innovation school that would operate within Washington High School as a STEM focused program.

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A group of people is working to set up a Montessori high school in South Bend.

South Bend already has several options for Montessori schools for younger children, including one that’s part of the city’s public district. This new school would be only the fifth Montessori high school in the state. 

South Bend Montessori High School co-founder Eileen Mariani said high schools are rarer in part because the Montessori method is less fleshed out for older kids. She said the approach is not for every student.

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The Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend is using its first winter day opening to raise money for wildlife rehabilitation in Australia.

Raging bushfires across Australia are devastating human settlements and also impacting wildlife and their habitats. One Australian ecologist estimates nearly half a billion animals have died in the state of New South Wales alone. 

Potawatomi Zoo director Josh Sisk said the wildlife cost of the fires won’t be fully known for a while.

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The Indiana woman who killed three children after passing a stopped school bus in October 2018 has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Alyssa Shepherd drove past a stopped school bus in Rochester. She hit four children -- killing three siblings.

In addition to four years in prison, the judge sentenced Shepherd to three years home detention and three years probation. Her driver’s license will be suspended for ten years.

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Water levels in Lake Michigan are at near-record highs after hitting record lows nearly seven years ago. This rapid swing, coupled with increasing storm activity is eating away at the shoreline. 

On a sunny and cold Saturday in December volunteers flocked to Weko Beach in Bridgman to fill sandbags.

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Benton Harbor Area Schools chose Dr. Andrae Townsel as it's new superintendent Monday night

The two final candidates, Townsel and interim superintendent Patricia Robinson spent all day Monday meeting with students, teachers, administrators and community members. 

 

The city of Elkhart released the findings of an independent investigation into its police department Thursday morning.

 

In January 2018 two Elkhart Police officers were caught on video beating a suspect who was handcuffed to a chair. The video, and other instances of misconduct within the department were uncovered by a series of investigative reports done by the South Bend Tribune and ProPublica. 

The front door and facade to the Buchanan District Library. It's grey stone with glass doors, and a lit overhang.
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The Buchanan District Library has eliminated all fines. It’s following a national trend of libraries going fine-free. Chicago, Kalamazoo, Detroit and other libraries have jumped on board too.

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Some families in Michiana will soon have extra support thanks to a program through Goodwill Industries.

The Nurse-Family Partnership Program is specifically for low-income, first-time mothers in Elkhart, St. Joseph and LaPorte counties. Registered nurses with the program will do home visits throughout a pregnancy and until a child’s second birthday.

City of Elkhart logo on the sidewalk in front of city offices.
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The city of Elkhart is running a final training in a series on fair housing this week.

This training is specifically on discrimination within the lending process. It will cover an overview of fair housing laws and then dive in to the common forms of lending discrimination, redlining and the dangers of rent-to-own transactions. 

Abby Wiles is with the city. She said anyone is welcome, but they’re hoping to reach out to people who deal with housing transactions daily.

A toddler in gray winter coart traces the D in 'Howard' in white cut out letters as tall as he is stuck into mostly dead grass
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This time of year the main attraction at Howard Park is the skating pond and new ice trail. The city brought in a big name to inaugurate the ice during a re-opening event Friday.

Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Brian Boitano entertained visitors and created a new skating move for one well-known resident.

“Boot, edge, edge is a skating term. We have a boot and we have a blade with two edges on it. So I thought as a tribute to you we would make a move called the boot, edge, edge!”

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This spring the Elkhart and Goshen Libraries stopped charging fines on children and young adult materials. Since the change libraries are now seeing more use.

If you check out a children’s book or movie at any library in Elkhart or Goshen and then turn it in late, you won’t be charged a fine. It’s an initiative that the libraries began this spring. 

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The final touches are being put on the overhauled Howard Park. The city is throwing it a big ‘welcome back’ party on Friday with art, fireworks, food and celebrity guests. 

“It’s critical that cities have places like this where we can come together and celebrate milestones, celebrate large occasions," Aaron Perri, director of Venues, Parks and Arts for South Bend said. "A place to show off to visitors when they come to town and see what South Bend’s all about.” 

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Volunteers and city officials planted trees in Goshen Monday morning, it's the beginnings of the city’s new public orchard.

Tiny trees, little more than sticks, rise out of donuts of mulch at Abshire Park in Goshen. It’s the beginnings of an Orchard that will be tended, and harvested by the public. 

The project is the brainchild of Goshen resident Patrick Coonan. It’s funded by a $30,000 grant provided by Enterprise through the Arbor Day Foundation. 

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