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.
This month, Indiana's first hate crime law in more than 40 years goes into effect. The first-ever hate crime law in the state went into effect in 1947, a story that has been largely lost to history.
On the campaign trail he talks a lot about how being mayor since 2012 of the once-industrial city in northern Indiana has prepared him to be president of the United States.
As the mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg says he can bridge the divide between progressives and "red state" voters. He is expected to announce he's running for president this weekend.
Under the streets of South Bend, Ind., a high tech experiment is underway. This sewer system is smart. The infrastructure can sense flow and divert water to prevent flooding. It's part of a growing trend of cities across the U.S. connecting infrastructure to the internet of things.
A few determined people are doing their best to keep letters arriving in U.S. mailboxes. One Michigan woman writes up to 60 letters a week — some of them to the students she's met in 50 years of teaching. Some young people are getting into the act, too — including a group at Central Michigan University.