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

Araceli Gomez-Aldana & Katy Anderson

Civic Engagement

 

In the first hour, we take a look at civic involvement in Indiana. What are organizations doing to engage citizens in public concerns, politics, and deliberation? Have we become less engaged over time? 

A panel of experts weigh in with moderator, Morning Edition host and reporter Zach Bernard. 

Panelists:

Andy Downs

Director, Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics

Rebecca Reeder

WBOI Presents brings you The Politics of Time.

Here is the conversation between Andrew Downs and James Toole, associate professors of political science at IPFW.

This event was sponsored by the IPFW Department of Political Science, the American Democracy Project, and the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. Audio was provided by College TV.

Music in tonight's episode was provided by Mark Waldick.

WBOI Presents: October News Roundup

Nov 1, 2017
LAVERGHETTA PHOTOGRAPHY & PORTRAITS, MOLLIE SHUTT & KATY ANDERSON

Every month, the news team at 89.1 WBOI covers events in northeast Indiana and around the state. After the positive response we got last month, we put together another news roundup for the month of October. Enjoy!

Show Intro

 

Part One

An Environmental Update (00:40), Katy Anderson interviews Shankar Vedantam (06:24), Ben Clemmer and Katy Anderson discuss updated weekend programming (11:28).

Part Two

WBOI Presents brings you a presentation called The Constitution: The Politics of Interpretation by Georgia Wralstad Ulmschneider (Associate Professor and Campus Pre-Law Advisor). There have been many cases argued over the years in America’s highest court and we’ll hear how many of the justices have left their mark on the bench in how they interpreted the law of the United States.

Audio provided by CollegeTV

Hope For Refugees

Oct 5, 2017
Jasmine Bejar

At the end of September, the Trump administration announced a proposal to lower the cap on the number of refugees allowed to come into the US. Fort Wayne is home to several communities of refugees as well as organizations that help to resettle them. I spoke with Sarah Colagrossi, a University of Saint Francis graduate from Elkhart, Indiana. She completed her senior project last fall, and it was a silent art auction called Hope For Syria. Proceeds from the auction went to organizations helping resettle refugees in the US.

WBOI Presents: September News Roundup

Oct 5, 2017
LAVERGHETTA PHOTOGRAPHY & PORTRAITS, MOLLIE SHUTT & KATY ANDERSON

Every month, the news team at 89.1 WBOI covers events in northeast Indiana and around the state. As part of the Fall Fund Drive, we put together a news roundup for the month of September. Enjoy!

Show Intro

Part One

The Local Impact of DACA (00:42), Hope for Refugees (05:12), City Government & Development (11:17)

Part Two

Middle Waves Success (00:32), What's New in Fort Wayne? (10:50)

Part Three

Environmental Update (00:26), USF Jesters Workshop with Second City (06:45), Sports! (13:10)

Danielle Doepke / Danielle Doepke Photography

Chicago Hip-Hip artist, R.O.E. came to Fort Wayne last Saturday for Middle Waves Music Festival. In a performance at east Headwaters Park, he gave his cell phone number to audience members and all they had to do was text him #middlewaves to receive three of his tracks for free.

WBOI’s Ben Clemmer called R.O.E. after his performance and spoke to him about his influences, the philosophy behind his work and performance, and when Fort Wayne audiences can expect see him again soon.

The Reality of Fake News: Russian Strategic Doctrine and the Western Democracy

WBOI Presents brings you a panel discussion recorded Wednesday, September 6th, at IPFW. Andy Downs moderated the conversation that looked at how fake news spreads, how it impacts public trust, and why it might benefit Vladimir Putin.

Panelists:

Lawrence Kuznar: Professor of Anthropology, IPFW

Anne Livschiz: Associate Professor of History, IPFW

James Toole: Associate Professor of Political Science, IPFW

Zack Kruse

Comic Conventions are a summer staple across the country. They’re an opportunity for creators, fans, and vendors to gather in one place to celebrate all things comics.  San Diego Comic Con receives the most attention, but you might not know Fort Wayne has its own comic culture. WBOI’s Ben Clemmer profiles a comic con that was held in Fort Wayne for a number of years and the community it helped build.

In 2009, Zack Kruse worked as the marketing director for a Fort Wayne comic shop called Discount Comic Book Service.

Indiana Michigan Power

Indiana Michigan Power recently announced plans for its third rate hike in 25 years. WBOI’s Ben Clemmer reports it’s part of I&M’s Building the Future proposal, which seeks to raise $263 million.

The proposed rate increase would cost consumers about $25 a month. I&M spokesperson Tracey Warner says the money would go towards infrastructure updates that are overdue.

“The energy grid is aging and I&M for example we have about 350,000 poles and about fifteen percent of those are 60 years or older.”

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