Chris Nolte

Regionally Speaking Host; Interim Morning Edition Host

 

Chris Nolte produces and hosts “Regionally Speaking” aired  weekdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. He's also the temporary local "Morning Edition" host.

He has more than three decades of radio news and public affairs program experience, working at some of the top stations in the state including WASK-AM in Lafayette and WIBC-AM and Network Indiana in Indianapolis. Nolte’s public radio experience includes WFYI-FM in Indianapolis and WFIU-FM in Bloomington.

Before joining Lakeshore Public Radio he was the morning host at WKBV-AM in Richmond, Indiana.

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Today:    We invited Jena Balezza and Kendra Johnson with the Indiana Parenting Institute and Fred Jackson with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education's 21st Century Scholars Program into the studio to talk about the August 18th Northwest Indiana "Parent Celebration and Education Expo," to be held at Indiana University Northwest's Arts and Sciences Building in Gary.  It's an opportunity for parents to learn how the educational system works, the options it provides to families and how to access its benefits.  There are a lot of events and topics they'll discuss that will be featured th

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She's been the home of many Lake County documents, as well as the place for many minor and major  court cases to be heard.  She's also witnessed lots of weddings (especially some celebrity nuptials in the early 20th Century) -- and the "Grand Old Lady," as the Lake County Courthouse is called, is still standing.  But -- she needs a lot of attention to keep her standing tall and proud. 

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Today:   We talk with Andy Downs, of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne, about the impact of precinct consolidation on Hoosier counties -- and Lake County, in particular.  The Indiana Secretary of State resented a precinct consolidation plan, following up on a state legislative mandate to bring all precincts  to a minimum of 600 active voters.   How many counties in the state have gone through the procedure in the past?  Andy looks at the implications on political party activities.

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Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we turn to Brandon Smith -- the Statehouse and state politics reporter for Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations -- along with Carmen McCollum of the "Times of Northwest Indiana" for a look at the stories they posted online and in their respective media.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also has a look at a regional warm-weather pasttime that, for some, has become more affordable than in the past. 

South Shore Clean Cities

Today:    We revsit our conversation with state Senator Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) on her recent trip to Canada for a meeting where trade between the U.S. and Canada was discussed.  Indiana's one of the major Midwest trade states with our neighbors to the North. 

We also have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," supported by South Shore Clean Cities, with Carl Lisek and the manager for business development at NIPSCO.

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Today:   A conversation with Ken Davidson, of the "Northwest Indiana Gazette" blog, about his complaint filed in a Lake County court about decisions made by local organizations that do not, in his view, allow for more consistent public comment.  His request for judicial review focuses on the decisions made by the Regional Development Authority (RDA) and Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) boards on the South Shore Line expansion projects, and the West Lake Extension in particular.   The project is currently under review by federal transportation agencies.

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Today:   we begin with a conversation with Anne Massie, the president of the Northwest Indiana Food Council, about this year's 2nd annual "Farm Hop" series of tours of unique places where local food is being grown.  The first of two weekend of tours begins on August 11th with two sets of tours, and continues on September 22nd with three separate tours.  Information and how to sign up for the tours is on the NWI Food Council website.

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Today:    On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we bring in Carole Carlson and Greg Tejeda from the "Post-Tribune" and "Times of Notthwest Indiana" business reporter Joseph Pete to talk about their latest stories offered for readers in print and online.  Carole and Greg focus on news from the city of Gary and Joseph has updates on, among other topics, the United Steelworkers' Union negotiations with U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal.

Indiana Senate Democrats

Today:  Northwest Indiana state Senator Karen Tallian (D) is in the studio to talk about her recent trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba to participate in the annual Midwestern Legislative Conference of both U.S. and Canadian lawmakers.  The group discusses key topics on both sides of the border -- including trade and NAFTA.  Karen also talks about her meeting with Canada's national minister for natural resources, on what Canada's been doing to research and promote the industrial hemp economy.

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Today:   A conversation with Ed Feigenbaum, editor of "Indiana Gaming Insight" and "Indiana Legislative Insight" newsletters, on the latest news from the gaming industry in the Hoosier State, including the northwest Indiana casinos for the first half of 2018, and some updates on Hoosier politics.

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Today:   Dr. Maria Carrillo and Dr. Heather Snyder join us from the 2018 Alzheimer's Association International Conference, to tell us about new research revealed at the event in Chicago that offers more hope for those suffering from Alzheimers' and related dementia -- and their families.

Tribune Live website

Today:    It's "Reporters' Roundtable Thursday," and we have both Bill Dolan and Giles Bruce from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" with us to review the stories they prepared for print and the Internet.  From Bill, it includes news on local property assessment notices sent out, and the latest in the Northwest Indiana precinct size reduction issue.  Giles talks about the recent drownings and near-drownings in Lake Michigan and offers up some updates on the medical scene in the Region.

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Today:    Valparaiso attorney Jim Harper is running on the Democratic Party ticket for Indiana Secretary of State.  He is making a multi-day-long media tour around the Hoosier State these days, and he talked with us while on the road about his concerns about the need for a general election that is free from outside interference, and other planks of his campaign.

Today:   The Center for American Progress just completed a study of voter turnout, based on individual states' efforts in 2016 and projected the opportunities for more people to get to the polls in this mid-term election -- and beyond.  Danielle Root of the CAP joins us to talk about the report, and how thousands more Hoosiers could vote, with just a few changes to voter registration, same-day registration and no-excuse absentee voting. 

Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we bring in Dan Carden, the Statehouse reporter from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" and Meredith Colias-Pete, who covers education topics for the "Post-Tribune," to review the stories they had in print and online.  Dan's offered details into his exclusive coverage of the Indiana Attorney General's own legal problems -- and Meredith attended the first state-mandated public forum for the Gary Community Schools that was run by the emergency management team.  And we have comments from U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky (D-1). 

Calumet Artist Residency

Today:    Sam Love, the president of the Calumet Artist Residency, joins us to talk about the projects underway by the Gary-based group this summer:  their new campaign #publicart219  entitled "Gary Is," a poetry wall that comes from last year's Gary Poetry Project -- the Gary Nature Project that is being held in cooperation with the city  of Gary -- and a July 28th program that includes food, music and the Gary debut of "Ecopolis South Shore."   Sam explains in detail what that is.  It will be held at Progressive Community Church in the city's Emerson neighborhood.

Indiana Economic Digest

Today:   Indiana University Northwest economics professor Micah Pollak talks about the impact that the Trump administration's "tariff war" is beginning to have on industries and jobs in northwest Indiana and the rest of the Hoosier State -- including agriculture.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is reporting that 812,600 Indiana jobs are supported by global trade.

Inside Indiana Business

Today:   Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talked to the President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum, Heather Ennis, about the region-wide plan that the agency is working on -- an economic develoipment "playbook," of sorts. 

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Today:    on this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we begin with an update on the issues surrounding Indiana and national politics.  Brian Howey, creator and editor of the online "Howey Politics Indiana" newsletter, joins us from Indianapolis to talk about the controversy involving Indiana Attorney General Cirtis Hill, the U.S.

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Today:   an extended coversation with Speros Batistatos of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, who attended a briefing on the feasibility study for a new convention center in Lake County.  The consultant hired by the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, at the request of county government, met with Batistatos and several local officials before the study was officially released this week.  He talks about potential sites, potential ways to pay for it, and the local cooperation that will be needed to make it a successful project.

Gary Sanitary District

Today: we talk with Tammi Davis, the director of compliance and project engagement for the Gary Sanitary District Storm Water Management District. The GSD has a few projects underway and are looking for Gary-based residents, contractors and suppliers to work on projects in the city. Visit www.garysanitary.com to learn more.  

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Today:   we bring you a "best of Reporters' Roundtable."   "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Bill Dolan, Carmen McCollum and Doug Ross along with "Chicago Reporter" reporter Kayln Belsha.  They talk about the stories they covered recently during our Thursday programs. 

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Today:   the Superintendent of the Lake County Fairgrounds, Paul Carlson, joins us in the studio to talk about the facility in Crown Point that is in use year-round -- and is getting ready this month for the two weeks in the summer when it becomes the home of the Lake County Fair.

We have another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.   The Welcome Project collects first-person stories and pairs these with intentional conversation to help forge stronger ties within and across our communities.  

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Steven Henshaw is CEO of EnviroForensics of Indianapolis, an environmental engineering, consulting and design remediation firm that just opened a branch office in northwest Indiana.  He joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about the business and how it's already made inroads into tackling the Region's environmental problems.   It's been asked to look into several local projects.   Here's the conversation.

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Today:    We begin with a conversation with Lauren Radusin and Ellen Kapitan, members of the South Shore Roller Girls roller derby team.  The team is approaching its 5th birthday and will observe it with a Birthday Bout and doubleheader in Hammond on July 14th.  But first, the Roller Girls are inviting everyone to an open call-out on July 8th in Portage -- and you don't have to know how to skate to participate.

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Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday edition, we asked Michigan City "News-Dispatch" reporter Kelley Smith to join "Post-Tribune" reporter Carrie Napoleon and "Inside Indiana Business" senior writer-reporter Dan McGowan to talk about the stories they posted online and -- in Carrie's and Kelley's case,also put out in print for their newspapers.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also joins us today we well. 

Today:   We have two conversations regarding the grassroots campaign to encourage town and city councils across the state to get their legislators to support redistricting reform.  First, we bring back the discussion between Leigh Morris, a veteran northwest Indiana government and community official and Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura in the studio -- along with Susan Duncan of the League of Women Voters Calumet Area -- which we aired earlier.  Leter,  Julia Vaughn of Common Cause Indiana joins us to give us a legal update on the redistricting reform effort.

Today:  Michigan City Area Schools' Krueger Middle School is set up to study environmenntal sciences, and students there have already made inroads in recycling and composting.  We talk with enviromental sciences teacher Daisy Lee about the spring semester programs that will continue on into the next school year. 

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Today:   A conversation with Holly Passi, the licensed clinical psychologist at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center  in Chicago, about post traumatic distress disorder (which is now being known sinply as PTS).  Passi wjoins other health care professionals at the facility in helping veterans and their families deal with their trauma. This month is national PTSD Awareness Month.

Today:    On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we bring on "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Bill Dolan and Joseph Pete, to talk about the stories they worked on and presented in print and online for the newspaper.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also joins us with her conversation with Christian Jorgensen, the Republican Party candidate who won the 7th District County Council nomination after a recount of votes. 

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