Sharon Jackson

All Things Considered Host/Reporter

Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio.  She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009.  Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004.  In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND.  She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.

Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with an outside concentration in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, went to Las Vegas, Nevada for college then moved back to Chicago when she got the opportunity to be a news anchor on am 890 WLS.

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American Association of University Women (AAUW)

MERRILLVILLE - In spite of the awareness, the Gender Pay gap still exists everywhere and the state of Indiana, and Northwest Indiana specifically, is one of the worst offenders. Kim Churches, CEO of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in Washington D.C., spoke to Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter/Show Host Sharon Jackson about the problem and some solutions.-

Alexandra Marshall / American Licorice Company

GARY - Leading up to October’s National Bullying Prevention Month, American Licorice Company is partnering with Team U.S.A Track and Field athlete Norris Frederick and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana to spread a message of self-love and inspiration.  

They have embarked on the grassroots community effort to address the alarming suicide rates among youth in Indiana.  

Ravinia / Ravinia Festival

HIGHLAND PARK, IL - The 2018 concert season at Ravinia is underway and attendees are making the most of it.  Lakeshore Public Radio so-far has attended a handful of shows at the venue including Alan Cumming's "Legal Immigrant" show on Friday, July 13th.  This season is Ravinia's comedy debut as the venue is hosting stand-up comedian shows for the first time.

Sharon Jackson / Lakeshore Public Radio

CHICAGO - Sailing is now available to more socioeconomic classes than just the rich, thanks to a sharing business model.  Sailtime Chicago is a shared boat membership company.  Ryan Remsing is the Fleet Manager.

He says the way it works is people pay for a season of using a boat.  They have no ownership stake.  They just pay for their time.  They schedule time online, show up to the boat and it's like they own it.

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CEDAR LAKE - Early week storms knocked out the transmitter of Northwest Indiana’s local TV station, Lakeshore PBS, and the station is still working to return to normal operation.

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NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA - In the aftermath of families getting separated at the U.S. - Mexico border, Lakeshore Public Radio traveled to the U.S. - Canada border to see how the environment is there.  

It was in Niagara Falls Ontario, Canada where Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter Sharon Jackson talked to people about their experiences crossing the border from the U.S. into Canada and Canada in the U.S.

Jackson went to Canada with her friend and travel partner, Denise Dougherty.  

Yelp / Yelp

HIGHLAND - Dollar General now has a new location in Highland.  The grand opening of its newly-relocated store at 3325 45th Street is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, June 30th.

Public Relations Manager for Dollar General, Mary Kathryn Colbert says the company thought the town of Highland could be served better with a bigger store.

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - The winner of the Republican Party in the May primary for the Lake County Council Christian Jorgensen talked with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson after Friday's recount. Jorgensen is currently President of the St John Town Council and he is an attorney by trade.  Jorgensen ran against incumbent Eldon Strong for the 7th district seat.  When asked about his opponent's concession of the race he said that was a positive.
 

Click it or Ticket

GARY - The National "Click it or Ticket" campaign that the Gary Police Department participated in resulted in just over 270 citations.  Gary Police Department Public Information Officer Lieutenant Dawn Westerfield says the operation lasted from May 11th to June 3rd with the hopes of raising seatbelt compliance.

GARY - The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spent a good portion of Thursday afternoon on the scene of an apparent shooting of an ATF agent in Gary.

The ATF posted breaking news on its Twitter page at about 1 p.m. on Thursday that the ATF Chicago Field Division responded to an agent who had been shot during an operation in Gary.  

Reporter Michael Puente was there and spoke with Ben Miller, a resident who lives near Kentucky Street, after the shooting broke out at around noon.

http://afterwildfirenm.org

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Thirteen more Indiana counties are eligible for disaster assistance caused by the flooding that occurred between February 14th and March 4th of this year (2018).  Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesperson William Lindsey says FEMA has been in the area since that time.

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GARY - A new Goodwill Store, that is expected to be more like a campus, is coming to Gary.  Vice President of Mission Advancement Guy Fisher says it will be at the intersection of Ridge Road and Clark, across the street from Calumet High School.  (Not in wrap) The groundbreaking is Monday, June 4th at 1:00 p.m.

Tony Martin, Times Media / Provided by Heather Ennis, President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum

NORTHWEST INDIANA - The Northwest Indiana Forum, the seven-county economic development organization is taking part in creating a regional economic development strategic playbook.

The organization serves Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski and Starke Counties.  Heather Ennis, President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum, says the development of a regional economic development plan will work to serve all the partners in a more combined fashion.

Provided by Brian Kallies

NORTHWEST INDIANA/CHICAGO - A City at War: Chicago, a new documentary by Executive Producer, Writer, Director John Davies, and by Co-Executive Producer, Editor and Director of Photography, Brian Kallies and hosted by Bill Kurtis, makes it National Public Television premiere this Memorial Day weekend on more than 100 stations.  Lakeshore Public Radio spoke with Kallies, who back in 2005 was a production manager at Lakeshore Public Television.  He is now living in Los Angeles and making documentaries like, A City at War: Chicago," which will air on Lakeshore PBS on May 28th at 9:00pm.

Sharon Bohling, Crossroads YMCA / Griffith Police Department

GRIFFITH - Shortly after Greg Mance became Chief of the Griffith Police Department, he became aware of a big challenge of the job, getting female and minority applicants to apply. Then there was the even bigger challenge of getting them successfully through the application and testing process, to getting hired as an officer.  Mance enrolled other organizations to help solve that problem.

Sharon Bohling, Crossroads YMCA / Griffith Police Department

GRIFFITH - The Griffith Police Department has had a difficult time attracting female and minority applicants and is working to solve that.  Shortly after Greg Mance, became Chief of the department in 2013, he discovered how few minoriti es and females had an interest in applying for the police department. Many of those who did apply had a difficult time with the application process.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention / American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

KOUTS - People will once again remember victims and family and friends of those who have committed suicide during the Out of the Darkness Walk on Sunday, May 6th.

Cindy Perkins, who is a Middle School and High School Teacher at Kouts Middle High School and advisor for the school's Family Career and Community Leaders of America club says the FCCLA is organizing the walk at the school.  It will be held at the Kouts school track.

Chris Starnes / Trains Magazine

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY - An investigation is underway into a CSX train derailment in which two people were injured.  Captain Chris Mckeand, of the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department says it happened at 12:45 a.m. on Thursday near Nappanee in Kosciusko County. 

He says the injuries to the victims were minor and they were treated and released.  Mckeand spoke to Lakeshore Public Radio at about 1:30 in the afternoon on Thursday.  

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LAKE AND PORTER COUNTY - The negative effects of bad air quality on the health of Lake and Porter County residents is prominent.  Each year the American Lung Association releases a "State of the Air" report, which collects data from monitors operated by State Environmental Protection agencies in all states.  The organization evaluates the data to determine the air quality county by county. 

Angela Tin, Vice President of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association says just over 114,550 Lake County residents suffer from lung disease.

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LAKE AND PORTER COUNTY - Lake County's air quality grade for Ozone is at the bottom of the scale.  Angela Tin, Vice President of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association, says for the past 19 years the American Lung Association has put out a "State of the Air" report, which collects data from monitors operated by State Environmental Protection agencies in all states.  The American Lung Association evaluates the data to determine the air quality county by county.

Indiana Parenting Institute / Indiana Parenting Institute

GARY - April is Parenting Awareness Month Indiana and local organization, the Indiana Parenting Institute uses the occasion to help educate and support people in the critical task of parenting.  

Jena Bellezza, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Branding for the local chapter in Gary says Parenting Awareness Month is about drawing people's attention to parenting and the challenges that it presents.

American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation / American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation

NORTHWEST INDIANA - If you've ever been curious about what's outside your window on a South Shore train ride between Millenium Station in Chicago and South Bend, there is an organization with members that volunteer on the weekends in the summer to help educate and inform.  Robert Tabern, Executive Director of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation says there are a lot of places and things of interest between Northwest Indiana and Chicago.

GasBuddy / GasBuddy.com

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Gasoline prices are starting to shoot up in Northwest Indiana.  That's according to GasBuddy head of Petroleum Analysis P atrick DeHaan who spoke to Lakeshore Public Radio on Wednesday.  

"Gas prices across most of Northwest Indiana are going up to $2.89 a gallon whereas outside Northwest Indiana, the rest of the state is looking at an increase to $2.79," DeHaan says. "Of course this time of year Northwest Indiana makes the switch to reformulated gasoline whereas the rest of the state doesn't have to so."

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HIGHLAND - A Highland art teacher is one of the latest recipients of a grant from the Highland Education Foundation.  She was awarded for her idea that is changing the way STEM education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is viewed.  

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen just under 9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.66/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in the Region. This compares with the national average that has increased just over 4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.65/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, says this week is basically a continuation of the trend consumers have been seeing for the past couple of weeks.

Indiana Parenting Institute

NORTHWEST INDIANA - April is Parenting Awareness Month Indiana and the Indiana Parenting Institute is marking the occasion with it's annual annual Kickoff Breakfast.  It's from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30th at the IBEW 697 headquarters in Merrillville.  

Jena Bellezza, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Branding, says the guest speaker is Dr. Lori Desautels [DE saut-els], of Butler University, who will be speaking on Educational Neuroscience and its application when working with youth who have had, or are currently experiencing, adversity and trauma.

Adra Young

GARY - Seeing the impact bullying has on so many kids, Gary Author Adra Young, wrote a book of realistic fiction called "The Misfits."  Realistic fiction is a genre consisting of stories that could have actually occurred to people in a believable setting. The stories resemble real life, and fictional characters within these stories react similarly to real people.

Young says her latest book was released in March of 2017 and she has sold about one thousand copies of "The Misfits."  

NORTHWEST INDIANA- Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen almost 4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.57 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana.  This compares with the national average that has increased just under five cents per gallon in the last week to $2.60 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy said Monday that Northwest Indiana residents who are filling up their tank to make sure they shop around.

GasBuddy / GasBuddy.com

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Average retail gasoline prices in Northwest Indiana have risen just over five cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.51/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 314 gas outlets in Northwest Indiana. This compares with the national average that has increased almost 3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.54/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy says the price up-tick is pretty typical for this time of year.

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