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WBOI Presents: 2021 News Roundup

2021 News Roundup
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Before we get much further into 2022, our news team is taking a listen back through some of our biggest stories and favorite conversations from 2021. You can listen to the podcast version of this show wherever you get your podcasts. You can find the original stories available individually at

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“Fort Wayne organizations help Afghan refugees settle in” from Ella Abbott

“Mayor Tom Henry reflects on COVID response, Red River while looking to 2022” from Zach Bernard

“Fort Wayne Zookeepers Take Lead in Species Survival” from Ella Abbott

“Lane Middle School rebuilds student Mariachi band following a pandemic” from Ella Abbott

“Harrison Hill hosts annual Gobble-Off ahead of Thanksgiving” from Ella Abbott

“WBOI staff, volunteers, and friends remember Stan Whippo” from Ben Clemmer and Julia Meek

“Cardinal Peter Turkson visits Fort Wayne” from Ben Clemmer

“2021: A year of artcentricity in review” from Julia Meek

Special thanks to the entire WBOI news team, our staff, interns, assistants, and volunteers for making this show possible. You can support our efforts online at, where you can also find more episodes of this program. Our music is by Mark Waldick, Noah Campodonico, Kurt Roembke, and Hope Arthur. Our web producer is Loyal Vandenburg. Our production assistants are Monica Blankenship, Meihkai Bowers, Steve Mullaney, Kyle Norbeck, Diahmynd Thomas, Mikaela Veltum, and Sydney Wagner.

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, WBOI Politics Podcast, 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, Heart of the Hustle, and & Good Company.