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WBOI Presents: August News Roundup

This week on WBOI Presents we offer a look back on the news and coverage from the month of August. We'll expand on some stories you heard here, and we'll offer a few stories that will be new to you.

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It has been a year since two newspaper boxes sat in front of the Fort Wayne Newspapers building. Now only one reporter remains at the storied News Sentinel's online-only publication.

First up, we take a look at the News-Sentinel, which is down to one remaining reporter/columnist in an online-only venture that's a shadow of the Pulitzer Prize winner's former self.

WBOI's News Director Rebecca Green, a former print reporter at the Journal Gazette, sat down with former News-Sentinel reporter and columnist Bob Caylor to talk about the changes in the local media landscape.

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The old GE buildings await the start of the Electric Works redevelopment project.

The Electric Works redevelopment project continues to occupy a lot of the attention of city officials and the journalists who cover Fort Wayne. WBOI's Zach Bernard and The Journal Gazette's Dave Gong spent some time in the studio updating listeners on the project.

Zach also updates us on the 3rd District Congressional Race and the scheduling of any potential debates.


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Former President Jimmy Carter and Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter show-off their handy work on the third day of the 2018 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Works Project in Mishawaka.

In late August, former President Jimmy Carter was in South Bend, along with his wife Rosalynn, for the Carter Works project.

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Barb Anguiano caught up with him to talk about his work and affordable housing.


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It's a new school year, and colleges and universities around the state are noticing changes in their international student enrollment numbers.

IPB's Lindsey Wright talked to schools elsewhere in Indiana, while WBOI's Ben Clemmer took a look at schools locally.

Here is a statement from Trine University:

"Overall, Trine University continues to enjoy record enrollment. Like institutions throughout the state and the nation, our international enrollment has been impacted, particularly the number of international students pursuing graduate degrees. Trine remains committed to serving international students, and to developing and building a diverse campus community. We hope that eventually our international enrollment will once again reflect the overall growth of our campus."


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Bishop Kevin Rhoades at a recent press conference.

A Pennsylvania Grand Jury released a report in mid-August, tackling allegations of sexual abuse throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese in the state. Bishop Kevin Rhoades, once the former bishop in the Diocese of Harrisburg, appeared in the documents in relationship to the investigation.

Days later, Rhoades called a press conference to expand on documents released by the grand jury, specifically how he responded to old allegations of abuse and to promise Catholics in northern Indiana that the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will be releasing the names of all priests credibly accused of abuse.


In our typical fashion, we reviseted a feature by WBOI's Julia Meek. Last month she sat down with Publisher John Dortch and Managing Editor Bryant Rozier, the engines behind Fort Wayne's Ink Spot newspaper. 

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The bi-monthly print paper covers Fort Wayne's black and minority communities.

Before she left for Side Effects Public Media, WBOI's Araceli Gomez-Aldana caught up with comedian Ronny Chieng. 

Ronny Chieng


The correspondant for the satirical news program "The Daily Show, Chieng also appeared in the summer's hit movie "Crazy Rich Asians." In town to perform his standup routine, Chieng talked with Gomez Aldana about his beginnings in comedy. 

The WBOI news team bids Araceli farewell and wishes her all the luck in her new position. Thank you for listening to WBOI Presents. Our theme music is by Mark Waldick.