"Reporters' Roundtable"

Northwest Indiana Times

Today:   "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the stories he's put out in print and online, including one about Southlake Mall in Hobart and another on the growing number of "dollar stores" in the Region.   Meals On Wheels NWI volunteer director Charlie Misovye talks about the organization and how you can get involved as a volunteer. It serves residents in Lake and Porter Counties, with the most urgent needs these days in Hammond, Gary, Miller, Hobart, Lake Station, Merrillville, Portage, and Lowell.

Post-Tribune/Chicago Tribune

Today:   "Post-Tribune" reporter Carrie Napoleon is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the stories about the city of Gary that she's posted online and print.  They include stories about the cleanup effort after the recent winter storms.  "Inside Indiana Business" host Gerry Dick spoke recently on his program with Gary Mayor Jerome Prince about his city's economic development successes and we have that conversation.  It includes the recent  announcements about Ackyumen Industries and the Hard Rock casino along I-80-94.  And Veterans Health Administration executive Dr. Patricia Hastings talks about the new Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pits Registry that Hoosier veterans -- especially Gulf War veterans -- should sign up to be included. It could offer them some medical assistance, if they show any symptoms of any health problems associated with their overseas duty.

Associated Press

Today:  On this "Reporters Roundtable Thursday," we speak with Meredith Colias-Pete with the "Post-Tribune" about her stories related to COVID-19 vaccinations in Lake County.  She also reviews her story on a bill in the General Assembly that, if it becomes law, would affect protecting wetlands in Indiana.  "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson talks about her recent stories from the city of Gary, including the Gary Community Schools.  And we bring back a conversation with Lake County Democratic Party chief Jim Weiser, about this weekend's North Township caucus in Hammond.  It will be held with all health and safety precautions in mind because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Today:   "Regionally Speaking's" Reporters' Roundtable includes "Post-Tribune" reporter Amy Lavalley's conversation with "Off Mic" host Michael Puente, on her story on Hammond resident and conservative influencer Kash Lee Kelly's arrest following the U.S. Capitol building assault earlier this month.  "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete also talks about his recent stories in print and online.  And Indiana Youth Instiute president-CEO Tami Silverman talks about her latest column, written and released in observance of Mentor Month. She speaks in particular about the I.Y.I. initiative MENTOR Indiana.

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Today:  On this "Reporters Roundtable" program, Indiana Public Broadcastng's Katy Anderson talks with political analyst Andy Downs about Wednesday's chaos on Capitol Hill and the impact that it may have on American politics.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson has a report on the upcoming Bishop Noll Institute entrance exam, scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd at the Catholic-affiliated high school in Hammond. And Inside Indiana Business reporter Mary-Rachel Redman visited the city of Gary and spokes to city officials and residents about "Dear Ole Roosevelt" -- Gary Roosevelt High School, one of three high schools in the state that was built for Black childrens' education.  The school is now on Indiana Landmarks' latest list of Most Endangered Buildings.

Post-Tribune/Chicago Tribune

Today:  For this "Reporters' Roundtable" program, we talk with "Times" chief political reporter Dan Carden about the stories he's put out in print and online.  They include the latest in the dispute between the Lake County Commissioners and County Council over who has jurisdiction over purchasing matters, and a look at how state legislators from northwest Indiana will play a role in shaping state policy when the General Assembly session begins next month.  "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete talks about his stories, including his comprehensive look at changes in the local steelmaking industry with a new player: Cleveland-Cliffs, and one about a gain in northwest Indiana population despite the early-2020 job losses.  And Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. joins us for a lively city-wide update.   

Lt Governor's Office/WKVI Radio website

Today:  "Times" reporters Mary Freda and Carley Lanich are with us to talk about the stories they posted on the newspaper's website and in print editions this week, including the latest on COVID pandemic-related issues with regional schools, a court decision that affects the former owner of the Crown Theatre in downtown Crown Point, packages being stolen off residents' porches and plans for major expansion projects in the Crown Point Community Schools. There is now a third round of COVID-19 response grants available for communities to help those impacted by the pandemic. Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs are working with and overseeing the program. Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson spoke with the Lieutenant Governor about the next round of grants. And we bring back our conversation with Edgewater Health executive Dr. Danita Johnson-Hughes about this evening's virtual fundraiser.

CDC.gov

Today:  On this "Reporters Roundtable" Thursday, Meredith Colias-Pete with the "Post-Tribune" reviews for us her stories related to the coronavirus pandemic, and "Inside Indiana Business" host Gerry Dick talks to an Indianapolis-based standup comedian on how he had to shift from stage performances to virtual performances on Zoom.   Edgewater Health president and CEO Danita Johnson-Hughes gives us a preview of the organization's virtual fundraisier coming on December 19th.

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Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday, we have Lakeshore Public Radio reporter Sharon Jackson's conversation with Crown Point Mayor David Uran, who is convalescing at home after having tested positive for COVID-19 about 18 days ago.  He is doing well, and he shared his experiences with Sharon.  "Post-Tribune" reporter Hannah Reed and "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete are talking about the stories they wrote and posted online and in the print editions.  Hannah's stories are pandemic-related, about school districts changing their students' instruction modes, and Joseph's stories run the gamut, from business layoff-related (BP in Chicago and Whiting) to the downtown Gary demolition projects to the passing of Gary teenaged chef Ben Watkins.

Kyle Telechan / Post-Tribune

Today:   "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson talks about the stories that she put out in print and online -- including the Gary Community Schools referendum vote results and the demolition of several vacant and blighted buildings on Broadway in downtown Gary.  (See the photo of an abandoned bank with a wall that once housed a mural of the Jackson 5.)  Burgess Peoples with the city of Gary Faith Leaders and Community Partnerships organization reviews the latest of the series of virtual panel discussions with law enforcement, elected officials, ministers and community members about important local topics. Jesse Kharbanda with the Hoosier Environmental Council has more about their participation in a federal lawsuit against the EPA and "Greening the Statehouse 2020" going virtual this year.  And Jena Bellazza with the Indiana Parenting Institute tells us about two major events, one of them an annual conference coming up.

Indiana Public Radio, Muncie

Today:  Jena Bellezza, the COO of the Indiana Parenting Institute, is with us to talk about the two recent online public forums dealing with issues like implicit bias, racism, child abuse and neglect that were part of the series that took the place of an Indiana University Northwest Annual Forum -- that would have been presented in April, had it not been cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic.  Side Effects Public Media's Jake Harper has a report on the staffing problems at the Miami Correctional Facility.    We bring back our  conversation with Gary Community Schools manager Paige McNulty on the tax referendum that is on the Nov. 3rd election ballot, and "Post-Tribune" reporter Carrie Napoleon talks about the stories she put out in print and online.  They include this week's announcement of the Akyumen Industries' plans to move its headquarters to the Midwest and open a big manufacturing facility in Gary.

South Shore CVA

Today:  "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Andrew Steele and Joseph Pete talk about the stories they wrote for print and online, including updates on the South Shore Line expansion projects, the impending sale of ArcelorMittal USA to Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. for $1.4 billion, and a way to deal with a food desert in Gary with creation of a food truck park.  Indiana Public Broadcasting Statehouse reporter Brandon Smith interviewed the three candidates for Governor in the November 3rd general election -- incumbent Republican Eric Holcomb, Democrat Woody Myers and Liberterian Donald Rainwater.  We bring you all three conversations. 

Indiana Public Media

Today:   "Reporters Roundtable" guests today are "Post-Tribune" reporters Hannah Reed and Carole Carlson.  They talk about the stories they put out in print and online, and all involve public school districts.  Hannah's stories are about local schools either returning to in-person classes and the number of COVID-19 cases found during the first month of in-person classes.   Carole will talk about Portage Township Schools students returning to in-person classes next month, and about the Gary Common Council endorsement of the upcoming Gary Community Schools referendum vote.  The Council heard Manager Paige McNulty explain, before their vote, the eight-year $71.2 million referendum that would support the school district's operating costs. 

Lakeshore Public Radio

Today:  We chat with "Times" chief political reporter Dan Carden and business reporter Joseph Pete about the stories they've written and put out in print and online.  Dan's stories focused on different aspects of the upcoming general election: about the judicial retention questions that voters will be asked on both local and state judges, as well as the recent federal court decisions concerning laws that impeded voter registration.  Joseph's stories include a comprehensive look at northwest Indiana labor unions as their members return to work in the pandemic, amid reduced union membership, and a look at the newspaper's "Enterprise of the Year," Cimcor, based in Merrillville.  We end the program with our conversation with Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District's Ron Taylor and Valparaiso University environmental chemistry professor Julie Peller, about professor Peller's work earlier this year with her students into the extent of the problem of local plastics pollution.

USGS

Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable" program we have "Times" reporters Lauren Cross and Mary Freda and "Post-Tribune" reporter Carrie Napoleon talking about the stories they put out in print and online.  Lauren's stories on Gary city government included one on the federal fraud charges against former city official Mary Cossey and of more grand jury subopoenas served at Gary City Hall for information in undisclosed investigations.  Mary talks about stories that include one on a new hospital proposed for Crown Point and discussions in Winfield about flooding.  And Carrie's stories include the city of Gary's community benefits agreement and a grant headed to Cedar Lake to help the community's historical association.

Emmis Communications

Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable," we talk to "Times" chief political reporter Dan Carden and to business reporter Joseph Pete about the stories they put out in print and online.  Dan Carden's stories include updates on financial assistance to arts and tourism groups hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and the state schools superintendent's support for vote-by-mail in November because of the pandemic.  Joseph Pete's stories focus on assistance from the CARES Act to NIRPC, the pandemic's impact on BP and on Lear Corporation that have important local repercussions, and a very quiet act of kindness by a television chef toward a Region teenager who is battling a very rare form of cancer.  Also on the program today -- Politicking App co-founder and Gary native Jordan Wilson talks about a virtual civic mixer this weekend in collaboration with two local organizations.

Indiana Public Media

Today:  On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we focus on education stories put out by local reporters in print and online.  "Times" education reporter Carley Lanich first brings us up to date about some school districts which reported their reopening plans, including School City of Hammond and School Town of Highland. Next, "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson talks about her stories on the Gary Community Schools referendum  -- a request on the November general election ballot to voters in the city to approve a multi-year tax increase for operating expenses.  The referendum's goal is, among other things, to get the school district out of state takeover status. Finally,  "Post-Tribune" freelance education reporter Hannah Reed tells us about her conversations with several area parents who have their concerns about their children and themselves, when schools reopen for the new year and students start to mingle.

Jeanie Lindsay/IPB News

Today:  On this Reporters' Roundtable, we talk to Indiana Public Broadcasting reporters Eric Weddle and Jill Sheridan and "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete about the stories and interviews they've posted online and, for Meredith, her stories in print.    Most deal with reopening public schools locally and around the state and about the coronavirus pandemic.  Meredith tells us about her story on contract tracing in northwest Indiana and of two stories dealing with toxic waste cleanup. Jill's interview is with a central Indiana official about how the pandemic is creating additional challenges for those going through reentry.

Post-Tribune

Today:  On this Reporters' Roundtable, "Times" chief political reporter Dan Carden reviews his stories in print and online this week, including one about Lake County health officer Dr. Chandana Vivilala's visit to the County Council seeking funding for more help during the pandemic. He also talks about the Indiana GOP attorney general nomination.  "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete covers stories like one on re-purposing a vacant Target store in Calmuet City and on the 100th anniversary of a Gary institution: Koney King.  Ivy Tech Community College Indiana president Dr. Sue Ellspermann and the chancellor of the Lake County Ivy Tech campuses, Louie Gonzalez, join us live to talk about the reopening plans for campuses in August and of Dr. Ellspermann's visit to the White House.

Indiana Economic Digest

Today:  On this "Reporters Roundtable," we talk to "Times" reporter Mary Freda about the protest-related stories she's written for print and online -- including one that has the views of Region officials and residents as to what comes after the protests.  "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson just finished her attendance at today's virtual meeting of the DUAB, and has the latest on the state board and its contract with MGT Consulting, the firm that is emergency manager for the Gary Community Schools.  "Off Mic" host Michael Puente has a feature on the calls for policing reform and how they pertain to the city of Gary.

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The latest topics surrounding COVID-19 dominate this "Reporters' Roundtable."

Lauren Chapman, IPB News

Today:  The latest topics surrounding COVID-19 dominate this "Reporters' Roundtable." 

The Associated Press

Today:  We begin with "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete's stories she put in print and online, including the news that Indiana Medicaid must reimburse the federal government about $1.1 million for payments made to Medicaid patients who reportedly died but not cleared from the payment system.   Meredith also reported the news of a legal disciplinary hearing officer's report on Indiana Attorney General  Curtis Hill,  Lakeshore Public Radio's Dee Dotson talked with the founder of an organization that focuses on inspiring and empowering the next generation of entertainers -- and we revisit Sharon Jackson's conversation with an American Lung Association board member about the ALA's request to the FDA to crack down on vaping product makers who claim they are in the "quitting smoking" business.   We also revisit our conversations with immigration attorney Alfredo Estrada and Northwest Indiana Forum chief executive Heather Ennis.

Chicago Crusader website

Today:  For this "Reporters'  Roundtable" program we ask "Times" reporters Dan Carden and Joseph Pete and "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson to talk about their latest stories in print and online.  Carole has the latest (as of Thursday morning) on the Gary Roosevelt building situation, as decided by the Distressed Unit Appeals Board.  Dan reviews local politics, including Lake County Recorder Michael B. Brown and candidates who've withdrawn from the May 5th primary election ballot, as well as stories from the Statehouse.  Joe Pete has business news for us, including another hazardous waste investigation in East Chicago, and an interesting story about his brother Tom.  Chuck Garber with Valparaiso University also joins us with details on Saturday's annual "Polar Plunge" benefit for Special Olympics Indiana, happening on campus.

WTIU public television

Today:  We ask "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete about the stories she's worked on --including two from the 2020 General Assembly session.  One of them is about Rep. Ed Soliday's bill that could give utility regulators the ability to give their approval before utilities can close coal-fired power plants.   She also has a northwest Indiana update on a state report on infant mortalities.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson has her conversation with Gary city spokesman Michael Gonzalez on the next phase of dealing with the issue of closed and abandoned Gary public school buildings.  Gary Mayor Jerome Prince is attending a U.S. Conference of Mayors workshop for new mayors, and we learn more about it from the mayor himself.  And we bring back our conversation with northwest Indiana immigration attorney Alfredo Estrada.

WNIN Public Radio

Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday we talk to Dan Carden, who covers Lake County and state government stories for the "Times," about what he put out in print and online and to "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson.  Dan's stories were on the first days of the 2020 General Assembly session and the announcement from State Senator Eddie Melton of Gary that he was discontinuing his gubernatorial campaign.  Carole talked at length with outgoing Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson on her accomplishments as she was leaving office -- and Karen's regrets on things she worked on while Mayor that she had to leave to her successor Jerome Prince.  Carole also talks about the new Lake Station Mayor, Bill Carroll, and about the Gary gun violence rally and vigil  held on Wednesday afternoon. 

Dan Carden, "Times"

Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable," we talk to Dan Carden and Bill Dolan of the "Times" and Carole Carlson with the "Post-Tribune" about the stories they put out in print and online.  Dan's stories include updates from the most recent Lake County Council meeting and Gov. Eric Holcomb's 2020 legislative agenda.  Carole covered stories from Gary Common Council and Airport Authority board meetings that include Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson.  Bill Dolan covered the East Chicago City Counncil meeting where firefighters' work schedules were the big topic of debate -- and of a proposed ordinance that the Mayor may veto, if it passes. Bill also has an update on former Portage Mayor James Snyder's new federal court trial.

National Park Service

Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable," we talk with Meredith Colias-Pete of the "Post-Tribune" about her story on the concerns over the growing erosion on Portage's Lakefront and Riverwalk and the impact on the Pavilion.  "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete is with us to cover the stories he's put out in print and online, including the flooding at the U. S. Steel Gary Works and a year-in-review review of Region retail businesses. It covers those businesses which opened and closed in 2019.  Michael Puente also offers his "Off Mic" conversation with documentary filmmaker Paul Nelson on his latest project, covering Octave Chanute.

Getty Images

Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday we turn to Dan Carden of the "Times" and "Post-Tribune" reporter Michael Gonzalez to talk about the stories they posted online and had in the print editions this week.  Dan covered the announcement from U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky that he would not seek re-election in 2020, and of two people who already are interested in seeking the longtime Congressman's seat -- Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. and North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan.  Dan also has the story about the Schererville town election where Councilman Michael Troxell won the Clerk-Treasurer's race.    Michael was in Portage on Election Night to watch how mayoral candidate John Cannon (who is serving out ex-Mayor James Snyder's term of office) and Sue Lynch did at the polls.  His story in the "Post-Tribune" detailed Lynch's election victory and post-election comments from Cannon.

Think Progress website

Today:  On this "Reporters' Roundtable," we ask "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete and "Times" business reporter Joseph Pete to talk about the stories they put forth in print and online in their respective media.  Meredith's stories include one of a lawsuit filed by the EPA as it investigates the lead-and-arsenic contamination issue in East Chicago, and Joe Pete covers a lot of news-related ground about U.S. Steel and on the ceremony for Midland Metal Products' moving from Chicago into the old Lear Corp. plant in Hammond.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson has her conversation with an author about the Maharishi Yogi's influence on the Beatles and their music. Ahd we add to the mix, our conversation with officials with the Hoosier Environmental Council on the agency's bringing "Improving Kids' Environment" into the HEC organization.

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