"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  Dan reviews local politics, including Lake County Recorder Michael B. Brown and candidates who've withdrawn from the May 5th primary election ballot, as well as stories from the Statehouse.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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

IPB News - Brandon Smith

Today:  For this "Reporters' Roundtable" edition, we ask "Post-Tribune" education reporter Meredith Colias-Pete, "Times" Statehouse reporter Dan Carden and "Post-Tribune" Gary city government reporter Greg Tejeda to talk about the stories they wrote and had in print and online.  They included news from School City of Hammond of impending school closings and staff cuts, a new Holcomb administration staffer who is a Region native, the signing of the gaming omnibus bill into law and the latest from the Gary Common Council.

Meredith Colias-Pete, Post-Tribune

Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable, we get education news updates from Meredith Colias-Pete with the "Post-Tribune," including the latest on the Lake Ridge New Tech Schools' financial problems and the just-completed General Assembly session.  Carole Carlson of the "Post-Tribune" tells us about an unexplained personnel issue in town government in New Chicago and the Lake Station Democratic Party mayoral candidates' forum.  And Dr Indira Frank of the Hoosier Environmental Council talks about a short-staffed IDEM office that needs to be fully-staffed and -funded, but probably was not, in

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Today:    On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday we bring in "Post-Tribune" Gary city reporter Greg Tejeda, and from the "Times" -- for their inaugural conversations on the program -- Lake County government reporter Will Racke and education reporter Carley Lanich, as they all talk about the stories in print and posted online.  They include news from Gary Common Council, a long-time political figure working for Calumet Township, the visit of an East Chicago native who's a federal court judge, and the School City of Hammond's next superintendent.

Harrell and Associates website

Today:  On this Reporters' Roundtable Thursday, we turn to "Post-Tribune" education reporter Meredith Colias-Pete to talk about the stories she filed online and in print -- including a story about an appellate court ruling that could have an impact on a local lawsuit involving two former school officials.  Giles Bruce of the "Times" has news on the local healthcare scene,  and his colleague Joseph Pete looks at business stories that include a tragic workplace death at ArcelorMittal in East Chicago.

Chalkbeat website

On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we talk with Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Eric Weddle on his radio documentatry that details the issue of state takeover of public schools and the impact on students and teachers.  Gary native and NPR film critic Eric Deggans is coming to northwest Indiana later this month to participate in a program at IU Northwest and we talk with him ahead of his visit. And IPB News Statehouse reporter Brandon Smith and his guests discuss the week in Indiana politics, for the "Inside Indiana Week in Review" podcast

Community Healthcare System

Today:   On this "Reporters Roundtable," "Post-Tribune" reporters Meredith Colias-Pete, Carole Carlson and Greg Tejeda join us to talk about the stories that they covered and put out in print and online.  Meredith's stories include a Lake Ridge Schools student who's been honored for her volunteer work.  Carole has the latest from the Legislature on the Buffington Harbor economic development bill for the city of Gary and about the Gary public housing project contractors cited by HUD for pay violations.  Greg's covered Gary Common Council and he tells us about his stories.  And Lakeshore Pub

IPB News/Lauren Chapman

Today:    On this "Reporters' Roundtable" Thursday, we have three "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters to talk their stories in print and posted online.  Statehouse reporter Dan Carden has a lot of stories from the General Assembly session to review, including the latest on economic development efforts in Hammond and Gary.  Bill Dolan talks about a last-minute candidate to the Gary mayoral race and a Lake County Council meeting that was puncuated by a testy exchange of words between a new Councilman and the County Sheriff.  And business reporter Joseph Pete has updates about steel, a his

Grand Forks News

Today:   We begin with Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr in the studio, with updates on the multifaceted fight by the Sheriff's Department against opioids and other substances, including the Sheriff's drug interdiction unit.  He also brings us up-to-date on the work underway to make the county jail compliant with the U.S. Department of Justice mandates -- and seeking pay raises for his employees, both in the jail and the officers out on the street.  We also hear from "Times" staffers Marc Chase and Giles Bruce about their reports posted online and in print. 

Today:   We begin with the latest list of northwest Indiana warming centers open to help those without power or heat to stay warm until the weather conditions improve.  We also revisit our conversation with Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor spokesman Anthony Swinger on NIPSCO's electric rate case which will come up for a re-scheduled field hearing locally next month or in March.

Post-Tribune/Chicago Tribune

Today:   On this Reporters' Roundtable, we have conversations with reporter Michael Hawthorne of the "Post-Tribune" and "Chicago Tribune," CNHI newspapers group Statehouse Bureau chief Scott Miley and Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.  We also bring back our conversation with Ed Feigenbaum, the creator and editor of the "Indiana Political Insight" and "Indiana Gaming Insight" newsletters in Indianapolis.  The newsletters are now owned by Hannah News Service.

Indiana Public Media

Today:    On this "Reporters Roundtable,"  we hear from "Post-Tribune" reporters Meredith Colias-Pete and Carole Carlson about the stories they published in print and online.  Meredith talks about her stories detailing audit reports on local charter schools -- a General Assembly bill to include school safety costs in future public referendum questions, if approved -- and her feature about two sisters born in the Ukraine, separated at childhood, but recently reunited at O'Hare International Airport.  Carole's stories include Senator Eddie Melton's economic development proposal for Gary that

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