Guest Speaker: Jenniffer Weigel
March 14, 2009
Author of "Stay Tuned: Conversations with Dad from the Other Side," Broadcast Journalist, Actress.
Jenniffer Weigel is an Emmy Award winning Broadcaster from Chicago. She currently runs JCW Productions, creating entertainment programs and stories for television as well as her website staytunedwithjen.com. She is the host and Executive Producer for the food and lifestyle show TASTE, which airs on NBC in Chicago. Jenniffer\'s broadcasting career started in radio, where she was teamed
up as a sidekick for radio personalities such as Jonathan Brandmeier,
Danny Bonaduce, Steve Cochran, and movie critic Richard Roeper. She then
moved into television, reviewing movies and filing entertainment reports
for superstation WGN for three years before moving over to CBS news. She
spent three years at CBS affiliate WBBM-TV in Chicago as an anchor and
reporter, where she was honored with an Emmy Award in 2000 for her
on-camera reporting. Jenniffer co-hosted a weekly talk show on WLS-AM
radio for 2 years before moving over to WGN-AM.
She travels the country speaking to women\'s groups, schools, and the
media about ethics in journalism, and encouraging people to follow their
dreams. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago
Sun Times, as well as Today\'s Chicago Woman, where she was an
entertainment columnist for two years.
She is an accomplished singer, and performed the National Anthem at both
Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park.
Jenniffer helped to establish the Tim Weigel Scholarship Fund in honor
of her late father to raise money for broadcast journalism students in
financial need. With the help of colleagues Bob Costas, Greg Gumbel, and
Brent Musburger, the fund is now part of an annual event that has gained
national attention. She plans to donate a portion of the sales from this
book to the Tim Weigel Scholarship Fund.
In her 2007 book, *Stay Tuned*, Weigel was on a mission to find an
answer to one of these burning questions: What happens when we die? Her
humorous and irreverent exploration of the topic continues in her
one-woman play, \"I\'m Spiritual, Dammit! (Climbing the Mountain of
Enlightenment With a Martini in One Hand and My Pumps in the Other
...),\" which is mostly based on her book and is currently showing at
the Viaduct Theater in Chicago.
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