Jennifer Fuller

WSIU's award winning reporter bringing you the morning news, local political talk and market forecasts.

Jennifer Fuller joined the WSIU family at a very young age- as both a viewer and a listener! Growing up in Carterville, Jennifer enjoyed WSIU's PBS programming as a child and young adult, and then became even more involved when she attended SIUC and worked for both the radio and TV stations as a student.

Jennifer's love for news and public affairs led her to Springfield after college, where she earned her Master's Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield, and interned with the Illinois Radio Network. After that, she was an award-winning anchor and reporter for WTAX-AM in Springfield, covering education, medicine and political issues for the capitol city.

Following her time in Springfield, Jennifer returned home to southern Illinois, where she rejoined WSIU as a News Producer and Morning Anchor. She expanded and continued the Morning Conversation program, interviewing leaders in politics, education, medicine, arts and many other areas from all over the region and all over the world. You can hear her interviews each Tuesday morning at 8:30am.

Jennifer is heavily involved in many organizations, including the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, where she currently serves as President. She is also a local Girl Scout leader, and volunteers her time at her church and in other community groups and events.

Just days after Moody's warned of a potential credit downgrade for Illinois' public universities, Standard & Poor's took action to lower the credit of a couple - and placed three on a negative watch list.

SIU Trustees are discussing what to do about the cash crunch on the Carbondale campus as they meet this week.

SIU Trustees are discussing what to do about the cash crunch on the Carbondale campus as they meet this week.

In their working session today, President Randy Dunn laid out the proposal he announced last week – one that includes $30 million in cuts to SIUC and borrowing from SIU Edwardsville.

Dunn says the state’s budget crisis is negatively affecting the Carbondale campus, but it also has problems of its own.

SIU President Randy Dunn says Governor Rauner's Budget Address gives him hope that a compromise may be on the horizon when it comes to a state spending plan.

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Illinois' Senior U.S. Senator continues his fight against the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary today. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin took to his chamber’s floor this morning to voice his opposition to President Trump’s pick for Education Secretary.


A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale finds Hillary Clinton and Tammy Duckworth leading their respective races.

Governor Bruce Rauner says there are still serious issues facing the state, and he hopes a compromise can be reached so that Illinois can move forward soon.

A retired Carbondale Police Sergeant says Sunday night's shooting of a CPD officer spurred him to action - organizing a show of support for law enforcement Monday afternoon.

SIU students say they want a seat at the table when it comes to crafting a diversity plan for the Carbondale campus, and more input on other matters, too.

Carbondale Police are investigating another shooting.

Investigators say the victim showed up in the emergency room at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Saturday night, needing treatment for a gunshot wound.

Southern Illinois University is out with its list of potential cuts, if Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget is passed - and if the budget impasse continues, it could be even worse.

Williamson County is suing the state Comptroller, and the Department of Revenue. The suit seeks funding for the salaries of the State's Attorney, Lead Public Defender, and Supervisor of Assessments. 

A small plane had to make an emergency landing in Perry County Wednesday.

Former Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon says she wants to go back to Springfield - but this time as a State Senator.

Business leaders in Charleston and Coles County say cutbacks at Eastern Illinois University aren't unexpected - but that doesn't make them any easier to absorb.

President Obama's new Clean Power Plan could mean good things for Illinois - both environmentally and economically.

Southern Illinois University could soon be launching a national search for two separate campus chancellors, after the resignation from Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe Monday.

SIU Administrators say a delay in reporting to the U.S. Department of Education has landed them on a financial warning list, but they’re hopeful they’ll be off that list soon.   

The full Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board has unanimously agreed with an Administrative Law Judge that SIU-Carbondale administrators bargained in bad faith during contract negotiations with the school's unions in 2011.

  Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to the late Paul Sarvela Thursday night.

Southern Illinois University’s President says a report from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill highlighting sexual assaults on college campuses is prompting additional conversations throughout the SIU system. IPR's Jennifer Fuller reports:

SIU President Randy Dunn says there are mixed messages on how to handle sexual assaults on campus. He says law enforcement agencies have set procedures and policies for investigating, while the U.S. Department of Education has issued a separate guidance letter that schools are expected to follow.

SIU Carbondale will go back to the drawing board when it comes to marketing, recruitment, and retention, as school trustees voted against an extension of a contract with a Chicago firm.  

Two student fees at SIU Carbondale will be added to bills, after all.  University Trustees last month voted to table a proposed increase in the athletic fee, as well as a new fee to support the Daily Egyptian student newspaper.  

Southern Illinois University's Trustees may again take up a proposal for a $9.00 per semester fee to support SIU Carbondale's student newspaper.

New students at Southern Illinois University won’t see a tuition increase this fall. SIU Trustees made the decision at their meeting in Carbondale Thursday, saying the rising price of higher education must be balanced with students’ ability to pay.

Southern Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart is blasting House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget plan.