Sharon Jackson

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Sharon Jackson is the Local Host of "Morning Edition" 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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HIGHLAND PARK, IL - Sammy Hagar and the Circle rocked the large crowd at Ravinia on Monday, June 19th.  

The band includes Michael Anthony on bass, Jason Bonham on drums and Vic Johnson on guitar.

The performers looked as it they were having a blast while they played Sammy's solo work, some Van Halen material from 5150 and OU812, some Led Zepplin covers, and Chickenfoot and Montrose covers.  

Fans were there to get the unique experience that only Ravina delivers with it's beautiful park and grounds and the overall good vibe that is ever-present at the venue. / NPR

HAMMOND - Local environmental organizations are partnering to protect the water quality and cleanliness of the lake.  Michael Spinar [spin-ARR], Lake Michigan Lakewide Action and Management Plan Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, says IDEM runs the program with a big-picture perspective in mind.

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HAMMOND - People were given the opportunity to learn about water quality in Lake Michigan on an educational boat tour Tuesday.  

The tour was aboard the W.G. Jackson Research Vessel, which is part of the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University in Muskegon, Michigan.  

Research Scientist Dr. Janet Vail said the guests would learn about water and would have an opportunity to take part in the day's study.

Indiana Public Media

GARY - State Representative Charlie Brown is working toward putting an end to food deserts in Indiana.

"I am in the process of writing a letter to Jewel/Osco that says 'why not Gary, Indiana?  I'm in the process of sending a letter to CVS saying 'fill that void being left by Walgreens.  You can make money off of the city of Gary by locating within the corporate limits of Gary.'"

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Saint Joseph's College has been closed for just under a month now.  But what was it like for the students who were there at the time the historic institution came to such an abrupt ending?  One of Lakeshore Public Radio's interns was a student at the time of the closing and she spoke with reporter Sharon Jackson.


INDIANA - Northwest Indiana is being featured as one stop in the Brand USA MegaFam tour.  Katie Holderby, Executive Vice President of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority says the trip is a familiarization tour of the Midwest.  

"So the tour is through Brand USA and its tour operators and travel agents from the UK and Ireland and they are starting in Pennsylvania then coming into Indiana doing several major attractions in Indianapolis and then traveling north, on route to Chicago they're stopping at Albanese Candy to tour that facility"  Holderby says.

INDIANA - Starting on May 12th Region residents, and anyone driving through Northwest Indiana had better be diligent about wearing their seat belt while driving, because anyone who doesn't could get a ticket.

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EAST CHICAGO -  Just over 100 East Chicago kids will be getting a job this year in the city's 2017 Summer Youth Employment Program. 

Malcolm Jones, Multi Media Associate for the city of East Chicago, says the program is conducted every year and the number of kids employed in it varies. "We have youth that works in various departments such as public works, the parks department, and just so many other departments where young people are able to get experience that they can definitely use in the future such as experience they can use in college" Jones said.

La Porte County Sheriff’s Office / La Porte County Sheriff’s Office

LA PORTE COUNTY - A car went off the road and crashed into a house at about 6 o'clock Friday morning. Captain Michael Kellems says it happened at 4058 N US 35, about two miles north of La Porte.  There were several people in the home at the time of the crash, including children; none of them were injured.  La Porte County Sheriff's deputies responded and found a gray 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer had left the roadway and struck the residence.

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Four years after a giant sand dune swallowed a 6-year-old Illinois boy, the beach at Mount Baldy will be reopening on a date still to be determined.  Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Public Information Officer Bruce Rowe says three and a half years ago Mount Baldy started developing holes that scientists didn't know about.

Rowe says two research projects have been conducted at Mount Baldy.  The first was by Indiana University Northwest.  The study indicated the holes are being formed by trees that rot away under the dune.   

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LOWELL - Governor Eric Holcomb is looking toward what we, collectively as a state, want Indiana to be in five to 20 years.  He spoke of the accomplishments of the 2017 Indiana Legislative session with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson and what he thinks will help get the state to where it needs to be.  

The Governor said the state needs to address the drug epidemic that's sweeping across the entire country.  

Holcomb is also looking toward protecting some important recognition that Indiana had recently received the top ranking for state government effectiveness.

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The I-65 Northwest Indiana Expansion Project is now officially underway.  It's part of the Major Moves 2020 Expansion Project.  Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, State Representative Ed Soliday and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness were all in attendance at a groundbreaking Friday at the I-65 southbound weigh station at mile marker 241.  At the event Holcomb said the I-65 expansion is important for the entire state.

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Now that the Kankakee River is a designated Water Trail, the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association is looking to continue to offer educational opportunities and to further brand the Kankakee River as a National Water Trail.   Dan Plath is the Chief of Resource Management for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the former President of the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association.  He says the National Water Trail designation could offer great benefits to the Region.

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March until June is nesting season for Canada geese, and that can become a problem for Hoosier property owners.  During nesting season these geese are especially aggressive, sometimes attacking and nipping at people to protect their nests.  But you can get a permit in Indiana to destroy their eggs, nests and even kill the adults.

Porter County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel

With the new challenges in the fight against drugs, brought on by the Opiod addiction epidemic, the operation of the undercover Porter County Drug Court is changing hands from the Porter County Prosecutors Office to the Sheriff's Department.  Porter County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel says since the Sheriff's Department has taken an expanded role in battling the drug problem in Porter County through the Heroin Overdose Response Team and through several federal initiatives, it was decided that now was an appropriate time to combine all the efforts within the Sheriff's department.  Gense

Lakeshore Public Media

For 31 years David Capp was the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, which covers Gary, Hammond, East Chicago, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Lafayette.  Now Capp is out of office.  The former United States Attorney was planning on retiring in June, but after the new Presidential administration took over, he ended up leaving earlier than he had planned.  He spoke with Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter Sharon Jackson.

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Vulnerable and economically disadvantaged Hoosiers are getting a tool to ensure they receive early warning of severe weather emergencies. Lakeshore Public Radio Reporter Sharon Jackson spoke with John Erickson, the Director of Public Affairs for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security about its initiative to distribute 22-hundred all-hazard weather radios to those in-need.

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There are jobs to be landed in Northwest Indiana.  That was proven recently at the Hammond Job Fair.  About one thousand prospective employees attended the event Thursday March 9th at the Hammond Civic Center.  Africa Tarver, Director of Economic Development with the city of Hammond says 84 companies were at the fair ready to talk to candidates.   She also says the event has experienced huge growth since Hammond's first job fair 14 years ago.  Tarver says she thinks the event is an important vehicle that addresses the hiring needs of Hammond and the surrounding communities and in that it g

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The political climate of late with the election of President Donald Trump is turbulent.

His Travel Ban, that targets predominately Muslim countries, the expanded field of undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation, Trump's repeated talk and promise of building a wall at the US/Mexico border and calling for 15-thousand more Border Patrol Agents and Immigration Customs Enforcement agents has sparked great anxiety among immigrants and those wanting to come to the United States.

Courtesy of Ken Page

Lakeshore Public Radio's series on Love and Finding Love continues, with author and psychotherapist Ken Page, author of the best-selling book "Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy."

Valentine's Day 2017.  Those who are in happy relationships may look forward to date night or getting that special Valentine's Day card from their significant other.  But what about those people who are concerned about their fears of getting close to others?  Page says Fear of Intimacy affects just about everyone--the key lies in what we do about it.

The Lake County Government Center is closed and all civilian personal have been evacuated until further notice as of Tuesday.  Mark Back, Director of Public Relations for the Lake County Sheriff's Department says that at about 12 p.m., Sheriff John Buncich was notified that the Lake County Prosecutor's Office received a phone call in which an unidentified person made a threat concerning the Lake County Government Center.

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It's early into 2017 and LaPorte Police have already responded to incidents in which a person overdosed on opiates, or was thought to have experienced a drug overdose.  LaPorte Police Department Captain Thomas Thate,  who is the Chief Detective of the Detective Bureau says the department had it's first-of-the-year Narcan deployment on January 28th.  Narcan is the antidote used for the treatment of an opiate emergency, such as an overdose.  The victim Thate says was a white male in his late thirties.  An ambulance responded and the emergency crew determined he had possibly overdosed on an op


It's that time of year again, the Super Bowl!  And to many Northwest Indiana Hoosiers it could be a big "who cares" because there's no Bears and no Colts in Super Bowl 51.  Who is in it are the New England Patriots, who have won four Super Bowls and all within recent history, in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015.  The Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons, who have never won a Super Bowl.  But they did make it to the big game in 1999.  Does the game hold any interest people in the Region?  The Lakeshore finds out.



Concerned Citizen and Hammond resident, Albertine Dent, is enjoying a feeling of satisfaction from having done her part in accomplishing a collective goal, to stand up for the rights and respect of women.  She rode a bus all night long Friday night to attend the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, January 21st.  

Dent said she talked to women from all over the country who had similar concerns as hers about where women stand with the current administration.  She said there were many things she will never forget.

The mood at the watch party on the Ivy Tech Community College Gary Campus for the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States is quieter than past inauguration parties, so says Campus President Marlon Mitchell.

Some students like Laiaja Donson  "looked like" they were attending the watch party but they were just lounging in the students' common area. Donson was waiting for her Psychology class to start.  

An old car wash at 169th and Kennedy in Hammond, that Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. referred to as an eyesore, is now leveled.

The structure was demolished sometime during the last two weeks of December. McDermott says it's not yet known what is going to go on the property.

McDermott says the demolition is great news for Hammond's Hessville section, as well as the businesses up and down Kennedy Ave. He says eliminating that eye sore was a long time coming and now finding a new use for the property will come with a small challenge. / Luers Tree Farm

Region residents who want a real Christmas Tree have an entire tree farm they can go to which is local and family-owned! Luers Tree Farm, at 6303 West 91st Avenue in Crown Point started in 1976 and is still in business.

Doug Luers is a second generation owner who took over the business from his father, Bud, who started the operation while Doug was still in High School.

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Lifelong Hammond resident, Darnell Jones has had his life impacted by some unfortunate occurrences.

But now Darnell is the recipient of a fortunate circumstance. He is a partner family and a recipient of a Habitat for Humanity home that is being designed specifically for him. He's 32-year's-old and has custody of his daughter and son who will also be living with him.

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The East Chicago Marina is getting an overhaul.  Boating enthusiasts have been upset over the conditions at the East Chicago Marina, but Mayor Anthony Copeland says starting with the upcoming boating season, there will be an improved facility.

The City of East Chicago is working with W.F. Baird & Associates of Madison, Wisconsin to develop a revised dockage layout that will replace about half the docks at the marina, providing approximately 150 slips.