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Issues & Ales

Issues & Ales

WBOI's Issues & Ales is an award-winning panel discussion event focused on issues important to the community.

We take your questions (in-person, through email or via social media), and our panelists work on the answers while you relax with a bite to eat or a drink.

It's free and completely open to the public.
Our next event is coming up at 7 p.m. on May 4, 2022 at Coyote Creek Golf Club, 4935 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne.

Our featured discussions will include:

  • Education in Indiana: what's next after COVID and the 2022 legislative session
  • The Fort Wayne Media Collaborative: a group of local media outlets including WBOI are looking to tackle the issue of Affordable Housing in the area, and possible solutions to the problem.

We hope to see you there!

Meet our team:

Katy AndersonProgram Director/Operations Manager

Rebecca Green, News Director

Zach BernardReporter/Host

Ben Clemmer, Producer/Host

Julia Meek, Program Host/Producer

Ella Abbott, Reporter/Host

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Issues & Ales has been recognized by the Associated Press, and won the Indiana Broadcasters Association's Cardinal Award for Community Service in 2017.

Past discussion topics included: 

  • Higher Education and the Jobs Outlook in Northeast Indiana
  • Greener Urban Growth
  • The Craft Beer Revolution
  • The working poor; “Working Hard, Falling Short”
  • Homelessness in Northeast Indiana
  • Immigration Issues in Northeast Indiana
  • Northeast Indiana’s Civic Health
  • Riverfront Development
  • Single County Executive Proposal
  • The Arts Community and Influence in Northeast Indiana
  • Civic Involvement in Indiana
  • Combatting Opioid Abuse in Fort Wayne
  • Single County Executive Proposal
  • The Arts Community and Influence in Northeast Indiana
  • Downtown Development and Downtown Living
  • Fort Wayne's Sports Identity
  • Future of Fort Wayne Transportation
  • Election Analysis
  • Healthcare Access in Rural Communities
  • Indiana labor unions
  • Religion in Fort Wayne