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.
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.
Northern Indiana has an unemployment rate of about 2 percent, making it difficult for employers to find workers. This has led to creative solutions like recruiting kids in eighth grade and a re-entry program for ex-inmates.