Ben Clemmer

Ben Clemmer is a Fort Wayne native and host & producer for 89.1 WBOI. He is the local host of All Things Considered and hosts and produces WBOI Presents. The show can be heard on Wednesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 7am. In addition to producing local programs like news roundups, panels, lectures, and storytelling showcases, he also lends his voice to underwriting, promos, and other projects at the station. Ben has also reported on a variety of topics and has written stories on energy, conspiracy theories, student movements, protests, elections, sports, arts, and entertainment. In February of 2019, Ben created and produced a series called WBOI Presents: In Session. The program showcases local educators speaking about topics within their expertise, and can be found on multiple podcast platforms. Additional podcasts Ben produces include WBOI Presents, WBOI's Behind The Mic, WBOI Artcentric, and Act of Listening. Ben is regularly on the lookout for podcast creators to partner with WBOI. In 2020, WBOI began partnerships with Women Are: Fort Wayne and Heart of the Hustle.

Before taking on his role as a host and producer, Ben joined 89.1 WBOI as a host and production assistant in 2017. After serving as an intern during his last semester at the University of Saint Francis, Ben graduated from USF with a bachelor's degree in music technology and a minor in communication. In the past, Ben has worked as the assistant speech team coach at Bishop Dwenger High School, where he coached radio broadcasting and discussion.

Ways to Connect


This week, we are bringing you a talk from CreativeMornings’ monthly breakfast series. We’ll hear from Theoplis Smith and his talk was called “A Pandemic, in a Pandemic, in a Load of Laundry.” He also worked on a painting while giving his talk.


This week, we are bringing you a talk from CreativeMornings’ monthly breakfast series, recorded via Zoom. We’ll hear from Ahmed Abdelmageed on the topic of Underdog.

Rebecca Green, Zach Bernard, Ella Abbott, WBOI News

Until this summer, it seemed unlikely that anything would overtake the coronavirus as the top story of any given day, week, or month. Issues of racial justice and discussions about the best ways to address police brutality remain in the conversation around the world and right here in northeast Indiana. AVOW assembled a panel for a nearly two hour conversation outside at Barr Street Market.


On this episode of WBOI Presents: In Session, we are joined by Felisa Cockrell, an English teacher and speech coach at Wayne High School, and Aliyah Armstrong, a 2020 graduate from Wayne. Our conversation focused on poetry. How can poetry change hearts and minds in conversations about racial justice? How does the genre speak to young people? What has the pandemic been like for teachers and 2020 graduates? That’s all on this episode of WBOI Presents: In Session.

Colette Feehan


On this episode of WBOI Presents: In Session, we are joined by Colette Feehan, a PhD candidate at Indiana University. Our conversation focused on voice acting. What separates professional voice actors from amateurs? What technology is necessary to see the differences? How can we detect some of these changes in our own voices? That’s all on this episode of WBOI Presents: In Session.


Protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis have brought attention to the spending priorities of municipalities, especially when it comes to police departments. What are the funding sources for Fort Wayne? What are police officers asked to do and why? What happens when funds are reprioritized?


Funding Public Safety is a discussion led by Andy Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. These conversations were recorded via Zoom.

Panelists include:

Barbara Belli de Oliveira

For our show this week, we are listening to a presentation from Brittiane Jones, Monique Moss, and Paul Porter. They spoke on the topic of Insecure at CreativeMornings on June 26.

Faith Van Gilder

The full title of this week’s episode of WBOI Presents is “An Uncomfortable Conversation with Sharon Tucker and Friends.”


Face coverings are one of the most effective ways to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

Indiana Center for Middle East Peace

For our show this week, we are hearing from Reverend Graylan Hagler, Pastor at Washington DC’s Plymouth Congregational Church.