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 she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND.  She has also had 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 do news on am 890 WLS.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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The "Making Lake Michigan Great" tour is underway, and the research vessel W.G. Jackson visited the Port of Indiana Burns Harbor. Dr. Janet Vail, Supervisor of the Education and Outreach program aboard the boat, says the tour started in 1998 and has visited 33 ports of call on Lake Michigan since it began.