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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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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MERRILLVILLE -  His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia and his wife, Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia visited Northwest Indiana to carry-on their humanitarian work for the Princess' charity organization, Lifeline Chicago.

The Region leg of their tour included a stop at at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, where church leaders and Reverend Father Parish Priest Marko Matic welcomed them.

MERRILLVILLE - Whether it's Valentine's Day or any other day of the year, no matter if we're single, in a relationship or looking for our soulmate, many of us reflect on our love-life. Lakeshore Public Radio is bringing you a series on Love and finding love, and for this presentation we've talked with three top love and relationship experts about what their advice would be to someone looking for love, for someone in a relationship and someone going through a breakup.

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GARY  -  Gary native and self-published author Crystal O'Brien is now a happy, at-peace person, but that was not always the case.  There was a time when no matter what she did, she just couldn't get happy and it all stemmed back to her tumultuous upbringing.

O'Brien was the victim of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her own father.  It went on for several years from the time she was 12 until she was 15 years-old.

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UNDATED - Valentine's Day 2016 just passed and it's a time many of us reflect on our love-life and maybe even on the topic of love in-general.

Lakeshore Public Radio is bringing you this series on Love and finding love, with Ken Page, author the best selling book "Deeper Dating: How to drop the Games Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy."

Valentines Day is not just about romantic love. It's about all kinds of love. After all, the search for love is really an intimacy journey.

(LAKE COUNTY, IN)  - Three out-of-state companies, which may or may not be real, have used the complexities of a tax sale to cheat Lake County residents out of surplus money they were entitled to from the sale of their property.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the three companies and their owners for allegedly working in concert to perpetrate the scheme.

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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.

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