Julia Meek

Host, Folktales & Meet the Music

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for over thirty years. She is currently co-producer and host of Folktales, co-coordinator and host of Meet the Music.


After more than a year of Covid-related delays, postponements and reschedules Fort Wayne Youtheatre's production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is finally set to open on Saturday, May 1st, on the stage of the Embassy Theatre.

Courtesy/Fort Wayne Sister Cities International

Thanks to Suzi Hanzel and Dorothy Kittaka, foodies everywhere will be able to enjoy a world of good recipes thanks to the brand new Taste of Sister Cities Cookbook.

Courtesy/Junior Kennedy

Junior Kennedy, a senior at Wayne High School, spent the first seven years of his life in a Thai refugee camp before settling with his family in Fort Wayne. 

Courtesy/Minnick Services

The Mark Minnick family's group of local businesses, ranging from death-care supply to precast concrete manufacturing, was deemed essential by the CDC throughout the pandemic.

Courtesy/Forward Indiana

After Forward Indiana co-founders Sarah Thompson and Carlos Marcano spent their Sundays throughout the spring and summer months serving up free meals in the park to the city's hungry, they have developed a Community Pantry initiative to better address the problem.

Courtesy/Keyboards for Kids

Thanks to Fort Wayne musician and educator, Kyle Haller, young folks wanting the chance to play music are being matched up with otherwise-forgotten insruments in a new project he calls Keyboards for Kids.


Fort Wayne creative DJ E-Clyps has gained national attention for his photo documentation of the local George Floyd protests last summer, which is currently on display at Artlink.

Courtesy/Embassy Theatre

This Saturday evening Fort Wayne’s Embassy Theatre is celebrating its return to live concerts and the city’s rich musical culture with Down the Line 15: Soul Legends by Locals.

Courtesy/Dee McKinley

Delois "Dee" McKinley, host of WBOI's Sunday Morning Gospel Flight, is a civil rights activist known for her life of community involvement through a number of local platforms, including Fort Wayne's Urban League, Metropolitan Human Relations Commission and Public School System.

Courtesy/Arts United

In May of 2020 Arts United and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne joined forces to create the city's first ever Artist Relief Fund, designed to combat the financial pressures on independent artists & creatives suddenly without income because of shutdowns and closures caused by the corona virus pandemic.

With COVID restrictions still hindering many from returning to work, a second phase has been launched.