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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 Oct. 7 at the Botanical Conservatory as part of Botanical Brews.

Our featured discussion will include will look at what to expect in the upcoming midterm elections, with local political experts.

Panelists are:

  • Fred McKissick, Editorial Page Editor at The Journal Gazette
  • Mike Wolf, Professor and Chair of Political Science at Purdue Fort Wayne
  • Gayla Sorenson, Vice President of the League of Women Voters in Fort Wayne

We hope to see you there!

Meet our team:

Rebecca Green, News Director

Zach BernardContent & Programming Director

Julia Meek, Program Host/Producer

Ella Abbott, Multimedia Reporter

Tony Sandleben, 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.

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