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Jennifer White

Jennifer White


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.

Recent Stories

Morning Shift

Journalist Paul Tough On His New Book ‘How College Makes Or Breaks Us’

Paul Tough spent six years studying higher education and the barriers faced by minority, low-income students as they pursue a college career.

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Chicago Is Blocking Rideshare Drivers From Working Due To Unpaid Tickets

Chicago can block your ability to drive for rideshare companies if you owe the city fees for anything from parking tickets to uncut weeds.

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A Roundup Of ChicagoTransportation News

Morning Shift checks in with the Chicago Tribune's Mary Wisniewski for the latest transportation news.

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A Tour Of Black Women's Stories On Chicago’s South Side

Mariame Kaba talks about her book "Lifting As They Climbed: Mapping A History Of Black Women On Chicago’s South Side."

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Why Chicago Teens Congregate Downtown In Huge Crowds

We discuss the “trends” or meetups organized on social media that lead to large gatherings of teens in downtown Chicago.

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Project Lifeline Helps Youth Go From Juvenile Court to College

For the past 28 years, in partnership with the Juvenile Court of Cook County, Project Lifeline has worked to provide financial assistance, mentorship, and other support services for young people who have had interactions with the juvenile justice system. The goal of the program is to help these young people earn college degrees or professional certifications that can help them establish a more promising future. Tom Schneider is the volunteer director of Project Lifeline.

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Former Detroit Planner To Lead Chicago's Planning Department

Morning Shift checks in with a reporter in Detroit to learn a little more about Maurice Cox, Chicago's new city planner.

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CPS Faces Massive Teacher Shortage With First Day Of School Just Weeks Away

As Chicago Public Schools gears up for the first day of classes in a few weeks, the district is facing a significant teacher shortage.

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Anti-Violence Leader Wants Justice For Two South Side Moms Shot Dead

Chantell Grant and Andrea Stoudemire were shot dead Friday on the block they worked to protect for years.

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Activist Diane Latiker Won’t Stop Fighting For Chicago’s Kids

Latiker is busy as ever with a school supply drive, 24-hour Peace Jam and a job training center. Her life story is also becoming a biopic.

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A Roundup Of Chicagoland Transportation News

Morning Shift examines the state of Illinois's new ad campaign to make drivers more aware behind the wheel as well as other transportation news.

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A Look At E-Scooters And How Trump's Tariffs May Impact The CTA

Morning Shift breaks down the latest transportation news with the Chicago Tribune's Mary Wisniewski.

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Magical Realist Nnedi Okorafor Discusses Her Creative Awakening

Writer Nnedi Okorafor woke up from a routine spinal surgery unable to move her legs. Her recovery led to her own creative awakening.

Morning Shift Podcast

Friday News Roundup for July 12, 2019

There’s an alligator living in the Humboldt Park Lagoon. While you were on #GatorWatch2019, what news did you miss this week? Morning Shift breaks down the biggest local news stories of the week in our Friday News Roundup with Jenn White.

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WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: July 12, 2019

Morning Shift breaks down the biggest local news stories of the week in our Friday News Roundup.

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Low-Income Kids In Illinois Get Access To Vaccines

A policy change from the Pritzker administration will affect some 130,000 Illinois kids in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

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WBEZ Reporter Tells The Story Of Deported U.S. Veterans

You can serve in the United States military, be honorably discharged, but still be deported.

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Chicago Beyond Creates Toolkit To Address Research Bias

Chicago Beyond says their new guidebook may shape the future of urban research.

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R. Kelly Reporter Jim DeRogatis: 'I Often Wonder If I Did Enough'

"Every system in this city failed those young black women," Jim DeRogatis said on the Morning Shift.

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Acting Locally In The Age Of Rising Populism

During a live broadcast from the Pritzker Forum On Global Cities—one of the premiere events held each year by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs—Morning Shift checks in with some of presenters. The forum is a three-day symposium where top urban thinkers and civic leaders convene to discuss city-based solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems—like climate change, affordable housing and migration.In this segment, we talk to Bruce Katz, co-founder of the New Localism Advisors, about the importance of acting locally in this age of rising populism, and what makes a city strong. 

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