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Jennifer White

Jennifer White

Anchor/Host

Jennifer White arrived in Chicago in 2016. She was previously local host of All Things Considered and community outreach manager at NPR member station Michigan Radio. Jenn has served as Executive Producer and host of the television program, "Out of the Blue: The Michigan Difference," on the Big Ten Network. She was also the host of the nationally distributed public radio documentary "Finding Our Bootstraps: Americans Deal With Recession," and has served as Executive Producer and host of the public television programs "Out of the Box" and "Edible Legacies." She has moderated several political forums, including gubernatorial and mayoral debates for both public radio and television.

A native of Detroit and graduate of the University of Michigan, she has worked in public media since 1999.

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Morning Shift

New Book Explores The American Culture Of Fear In Parenthood

What happens when parenting is ruled by fear?

Morning Shift

WBEZ Special Coverage: A Look At Rahm Emanuel's Record, And What's Next

On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that he would not be running for a third term as mayor, stunning the political establishment in Chicago and the 11 challengers lined up against him in the mayoral race. What does his decision mean for the city of Chicago when it comes to public safety, education, the economy...and the 2019 mayor’s race?

16 Shots

Ep 5: The Trial

The trial of Jason Van Dyke begins today. We profile the lawyers and the judge. Two Chicago legal veterans tell us the moves they expect each side to make. And we ask what this trial means for Chicago.

Making Obama

Preview: 16 Shots

Making Obama host Jenn White introduces a new podcast from WBEZ and The Chicago Tribune called 16 Shots. Almost four years ago, Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, was fatally shot by Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago Police officer. Police reported McDonald was attacking officers. A video from the scene told a different story. Trust in Chicago police and officials crumbled. Now Officer Van Dyke is awaiting trial for murder. wbez.org/16shots

16 Shots

Ep 3: The Fallout

Protesters take to the streets. Critics attack the mayor and police department. A federal probe finds a pattern of abuse by Chicago cops.

Morning Shift

WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: August 31, 2018

Host Jenn White breaks down the biggest local news stories of the week.

16 Shots

Ep 2: Pattern & Practice

The fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald aggravated longstanding tensions between Chicago police and the city’s black residents. We look at how a troubled police department spun a narrative of the shooting, how that narrative fell apart, and how the city reacted when it did.

16 Shots

Ep 1: The Night Of

The police shooting of Laquan McDonald forces Chicago to prepare for potential riots. We piece together details from McDonald’s too-short life and hear from Officer Jason Van Dyke in his first interview since the shooting.

16 Shots

Preview - 16 Shots: The Police Shooting of Laquan McDonald

Almost four years ago, Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, was fatally shot by Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago Police officer. Police reported McDonald was attacking officers. A video from the scene told a different story. Trust in Chicago police and officials crumbled. Now, Officer Van Dyke is awaiting trial for murder charges. WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune bring you the story of the shooting and the fallout. Then, stay tuned for ongoing coverage of the trial. Subscribe now so you don't miss a single episode.

Morning Shift

Digging Into Aretha Franklin’s Detroit Gospel Roots

Soul diva Aretha Franklin came up in the gospel tradition of 1950s Detroit.

Morning Shift

Chicago Musicians Remember Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin

Morning Shift honors soul icon Aretha Franklin with a special two-hour tribute celebrating her life, music and legacy.

Morning Shift

New Novel Explores The HIV/AIDS Epidemic In Chicago

Rebecca Makkai talks about The Great Believers, a novel about survivors of the 1980s AIDS crisis, and their lives in the years since.

Morning Shift Podcast

WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: July 20, 2018

A fatal shooting by Chicago police, legislation aimed at curbing gun violence in Illinois, and Chance the Rapper buys the website Chicagoist: those are just a few of the big stories Morning Shift covers in its weekly Friday New Roundup.

Morning Shift

WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: July 20, 2018

A fatal shooting by Chicago police, legislation aimed at curbing gun violence in Illinois, and Chance the Rapper buys website Chicagoist: those are just a few of the big stories 'Morning Shift' covers in its weekly Friday New Roundup.

Morning Shift

WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: June 29, 2018

Need a recap of week's news? The Morning Shift's Weekly News Roundup helps put it in perspective.

Morning Shift Podcast

How A Local Program Helps Young Addicts Recover

Marty Cook says the northwest suburbs saw an “avalanche” of young people seeking recovery programs a few years ago. So he helped create one.

Morning Shift

How A Local Program Helps Young Addicts Recover

Marty Cook says the northwest suburbs saw an “avalanche” of young people seeking recovery programs a few years ago. So he helped create one.

Morning Shift

Proposed Changes To Illinois’ Biometrics Laws Worry Advocates

Illinois has some of the strictest laws in the country regarding the collection and storage of biometric data. That could change.

Making Obama

Obama BONUS: The Decision

In 2007, Barack Obama announced his presidential run. Hear how he came to that decision in this ‘Making Obama’ extra.

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