"Reporters' Roundtable"

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.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

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.

United Bridge Partners

Today:  "Times" reporters Dan Carden and Olivia Heersink are in this program's "Reporters' Roundtable" segment talking about stories they wrote for print and in the online newspaper  and website.  Dan covers stories in Lake County and state government, and Olivia is the morning police and breaking-news reporter.  They cover topics ranging from Lake County Recorder Michael B. Brown -- to new political candidate announcements -- to innovative ways that Griffith Police are taking advantage of a staffer who is trained in social work. The police department is one of only two Indiana police departments with a full-time social worker.  Terry Velligan and Laura Weber with the local United Bridge Partners staff also talk about the new Cline Avenue bridge that is under construction in East Chicago -- in the footprint of the bridge that was torn down because of structural corrosion.

Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune/Chicago Tribune

Today:  On  this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we talk with Carole Carlson with the "Post-Tribune" about her recent stories in print and online. They include comments from the president of Gary Common Council about incidents involging a stolen vehicle (his), some teenagers and an East Chicago police investigation.  Carole also has details on the state Board of Education visit on Wednesday to Gary and some passionately angry Gary residents voicing their conerns about the consdition of public school buildings in the city. Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talks with a recipient of a "Woman of the Year in STEM" award.

WNDU-TV file photo

Today: On "Reporters' Roundtable,"  we talk to "Post-Tribune" reporter Grant Morgan about his stories posted online and in print -- including his story on news conferences held by Will County authorities and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill about the fetal remains found in a Crete Twp. garage owned by the late Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. The investigation continues into the remains from Dr. Klopfer's womens'  clinics in northern Indiana.  Grant also has the latest on the Elkhart woman facing trial in U.S. District Court in Hammond for allegedly aiding ISIS.  A judge gave Samantha ElHassani's lawyers permission to seek depositions from three people in Iraq about her case.

GPTC

Today:  On this "Reporters Roundtable" Thursday we talk to "Times" business reporter Josaeph Pete and "Post-Tribune" education correspondent Hannah Reed about the stories they covered and wrote for print and on-line editions.   Sandwiched in between their remarks, we have a conversation with David Wright with Gary Public Transportation Corp. about the upgrades in public transit and what will be discussed at the Legacy Foundation's next "On The Table" discussion on Sept. 23rd at the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center.  It's an opportunity to speak out about public transportation needs and how they affect issues like "food deserts" and food insecurity.

Post-Tribune/Chicago Tribune

Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable" edition, we have "Post-Tribune" reporter Grant Morgan and "Times" reporters Carley Lanich and Andrew Steele on the program to talk about the stories they posted online and had in print.

bizjournals.com

Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable." we ask the "Times'" Dan Carden to talk about his stories from the Indiana Gaming Commission on the Gary casino and sports wagering that take effect this weekend.  We also talked with "Post-Tribune" writer Carole Carlson about her stories on the latest Gary Police Department officer shooting and discussion at the Common Council and the vote on the city and Spectacle Entertainment vote on the casino. "Post-Tribune" sunmer interm Hannah Reed talked about her story on northwest Indiana birth rates and Laheshore Public Radio's Sharon Jsckson had her story about the Ravinia summer concerts. 

The Diabetic Journey/You Tube

Today:  On this Reporters' Roundtable edition, we bring you "Times" reporters Kale Wilk and Olivia Heersink with a "Byline" podcast about Larry Eyler, and Giles Bruce on the first of a multi-part series of articles -- in print and online -- on healthcare issues.

NBC-TV Today show

Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable," we talk with "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete about the stories she wrote for the print and online editions of the newspaper, including her examination into the costs of bringing so many high-profile speakers into the Region for the Purdue University Northwest's Sinai Forum series this fall.  We also welcome "Post-Tribune" intern journalist Hannah Reed onto the program, to talk about her story on the decline of birth rates in northwest Indiana over the past decade and the factors behind the decline.

Indiana Public Radio

Today:   Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith is the host and moderator of "Indiana Week In Review," a discussion of the issues in Hoosier business and politics with his guests, and we bring you this week's "IWIR."  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson talks with Munster Police DARE officer James Ghrist about next week's "National Night Out," a program that the town police force has been supporting for the past 24 years.  And "Times of Northwest Indiana" business reporter Joseph Pete joins us to talk about his stories this week -- which include one about tonight's rally in Michig

Post-Tribune

Today:   On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday, we talk to Meredith Colias-Pete and Carole Carlson of the "Post-Tribune" and Joseph Pete of the "Times" about the stories they put in print editions and posted online.  They include education news from Crown Point, from Gary and an education-related story from the courts as well as updates on the costs of child care, economic development in Gary's Miller neighborhood -- a business and environment story -- and the latest on the impending arrival of another pizza joint in northwest Indiana. 

Fireworks Supermarket website

Today:    We begin with an in-studio conversation with Carolyn Saxton of the Legacy Foundation about the organization's Endowment Building Challenge, a year-long effort to help some of the nonprofits assisted by the Foundation to build financial sustainability.  Lakeshore Public Media is one of them, and a special social media campaign that ends on Friday, June 7th, at noon.  More information is on the Legacy Foundation website.   We also have Carole Carlson of the "Post-Tribune" and Joseph Pete with the "Times" with us to talk about the stories they put out in print and online.  They incl

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