Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She's also a general assignment reporter who began her career at MPBN working at the State House in 1992. Since then she has covered major political and environmental stories, winning national awards for her beat reporting twice from the Society for Environmental Journalists. Her coverage of labor issues, including an investigative series on independent contractors, has also been recognized by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc and by the Associated Press. Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student.

Politics & Government
2:16 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Committee Eyes Streamlined Adoption Process

A study committee this summer will look at streamlining Indiana’s adoption process to further Governor Mike Pence’s goal of promoting adoption in the state.

Legislation passed this year funds a new adoption tax credit, about one thousand dollars per adopted child.  It also creates an adoption study committee made up of people with experience in the field, including representatives from the Department of Child Services and adoption agencies, adoptive parents, and judges with adoption case experience. 

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Station News
12:17 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

At Folkcraft, Traditional Instruments are a Passion and a Business

Mountain dulcimers under construction at Folkcraft Instruments in Woodburn.
Courtesy Folkcraft

In Woodburn, Indiana, there’s a family-owned music business called Folkcraft Instruments.

The company manufactures traditional folk instruments you might not always be able to find in a typical instrument store: dulcimers, ukuleles, Finnish folk harps and more.

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Opinion
2:06 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Keep Your Head in the Game

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

This Friday, the Indiana Pacers face the Miami Heat for the fourth time this season, a game that will likely determine home court advantage for the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

The Pacers won two of the first three meetings, due in no small part to the play of Roy Hibbert. Hibbert scored 21 points in their third meeting on March 26, and affected Chris Bosh’s attempt at a game-winning shot. Bosh’s attempt fell short and the Pacers won 84-83. But, after taking an elbow like this earlier in the fourth quarter, I wonder if Hibbert should have been benched for his own protection.

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Education
10:53 am
Thu April 10, 2014

This Week on WBOI Presents: Henry Paulson, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

This week on WBOI Presents, we featured a speech by the 74th U.S Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, who spoke at the Economic Club of Indiana earlier this year. He led President George W. Bush’s economic team during the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. 

Click here to listen to his speech.  

You can hear WBOI Presents every Wednesday at 7pm, and Saturday at 3pm.   

Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.

Alan Greenblatt has been covering politics and government in Washington and around the country for 20 years. He came to NPR as a digital reporter in 2010, writing about a wide range of topics, including elections, housing economics, natural disasters and same-sex marriage.

He was previously a reporter with Governing, a magazine that covers state and local government issues. Alan wrote about education, budgets, economic development and legislative behavior, among other topics. He is the coauthor, with Kevin Smith, of Governing States and Localities, a college-level textbook that is now in its fourth edition.

The Difference
2:43 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

For Some Immigrants of Color, Becoming Black is a Process

Pastor Donovan Coley, CEO of the Rescue Mission in Fort Wayne.
Credit Rescue Mission

Fort Wayne Rescue Mission CEO Donovan Coley never thought of himself as black until he moved to the U.S. from Jamaica. 

According to Coley, being black in America isn’t just about skin tone. For many,  it’s a role to play in society – a role Coley says he was taught and expected to learn. 

For him, it’s a story of wrestling with a dual identity. It's a perspective he says allowed him to better understand how white and black people interact and the unwritten rules of those interactions. 

Here’s Coley on how he learned to be a black man in America.

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The Difference
12:43 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Black Barbershop Health Initiative Offers Free Screenings for Men of Color

42 year old Marcus Wilkes gets his blood sugar tested at Unity Barbershop in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Many black men throughout Indiana going to get a haircut this weekend were also able to receive a free health screening. The 4th annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative was held Saturday across the state.  

According to the Indiana Department of Health, black men have the highest mortality rate of any racial group.And many don't go to the doctor. 

That's according to Foundation One. 

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