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00000179-e1ff-d2b2-a3fb-ffffd77b0000It's time to talk about racism.WNIJ and the Rockford Register Star have committed to a year-long occasional project "Race in the Rock River Valley." We'll take a look at a wide variety of issues regarding race in our region, dig out and analyze statistics, talk to people who are affected, and most importantly, listen.

Race In The Rock River Valley: Time To Talk


This weekend, the Rockford Register Star -- in partnership with WNIJ News -- kicks off a year-long series on race in the Rock River Valley. 

WNIJ’s Susan Stephens spoke with Register Star Executive Editor Mark Baldwin about the reasons behind the project. The series kicks off in the newspaper Sunday, Nov. 13. Tuesday on WNIJ, we’ll hear from Rockford residents about their experiences with “microaggressions.”

The year-long occasional series will feature quarterly community dialogues where the public can come together to discuss specific aspects of race relations. The first of these roundtables, to be held at Midway Village and Museum Center in Rockford, is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Up to eight panelists and an audience of 75 will discuss their hopes and concerns about local race relations. Registration is required.

Mark Baldwin and Susan Stephens discuss diversity in newsrooms.

Susan is an award-winning reporter/writer at her favorite radio station. She's also WNIJ's Perspectives editor, Under Rocks contributor, and local host of All Things Considered.