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.

Ways to Connect

Indiana Business Research Center

Today:  we talk to Carol Rogers, who is the Deputy Director and Chief Information officer for the Indiana Business Research Center in Indianapolis.  She is in charge of the award-winning interactive Web service STATS Indiana.  The site's become one of the nation's most-used public data sites  along with its sister site STATS America. You can find almost any statistic within Indiana on it, dating back more than 100 years.

State Rep. Vernon Smith (D-Gary)

Today:  A special edition of "Regionally Speaking" of the question-and-answer portion of the Feb. 7, 2018 public forum held at the Glen Theatre in Gary by the members of north Lake County's state legislative delegation. Most of the questions by constituents were about the House bill sponsored by Rep. Earl Harris, Jr., which sought to change the IDEM rules on the distance of a construction-demolition waste site from nearby residential property in the city of Gary.  Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson was also on-hand to answer some questions.

Celina Weatherwax, MAAC

Today:  on this Reporters' Roundtable, we hear from "Times" education reporter Carmen McCollum and "Post-Tribune" reporter Carole Carlson.  Both talk about the stories they contributed online and in print for their respective newspapers.   We also hear from MAAC Foundation's Celina Weatherwax about the next graduating class of volunteer firefighters from the Valparaiso-based Fire Training Academy.

NICTD/Thomas Woolworth

Today:  Michael Noland, the president of NICTD, talks about the progress of the two South Shore Line projects now moving through the funding and planning stages -- "Double Track NWI" and the "West Lake Corridor," which expands the commuter railroad service south from the existing east-west line through Hammond and Munster and into Dyer.

We also have the latest in a decision from a federal court judge on a request to allow East Chicago residents affected by the lead contamination in the area to participate in the court case. 

Porter County govt website

Today: we revisit our conversation last month with Porter County Commissioner Jeff Good about the county's major capital improvement projects and the successful bond issue that is supporting them. 

We also bring you another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  The Welcome Project collects first-person stories and pairs them with intentional conversations to help forge stronger ties within and across our communities. This conversation is particularly poignant, because it involves a "DREAMER."

The Independent

Irene Boone Phillips and Mike Meska, both with Franciscan Health -- a lead community agency for the Lake County Smoking Prevention and Cessation Program -- came into the Lakeshore Public Radio studio on Monday to talk about the efforts this week, and the week of February 19th, across Indiana to tell stories and conversations that they hope will emphasize the importance of stopping smoking -- or not beginning to smoke at all. 

Both Irene and Mike say they want to make sure no one suffers any longer from the impact of the tobacco industry.

The Conversation web site

Today: Irene Boone Phillips and Mike Meska, both with Franciscan Health -- a lead community agency for the Lake County Smoking Prevention and Cessation Program -- join us in the studio to talk about the efforts this week, and the week of February 19th, across Indiana to tell stories and conversations that they hope will emphasize the importance of stopping smoking -- or not beginning to smoke at all.  Both Irene and Mike say they want to make sure no one suffers any longer from the impact of the tobacco industry.

Andrean High School / Diocese of Gary, IN

Today:  on this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we turn to Meredith Colias-Pete with the "Post-Tribune" for her stories, mainly about education and the General Assembly session, and to Jon Gard, who is a reporter for the LaPorte "Herald Argus" and the Michigan City "News Dispatch."

Gary/Chicago Crusader

Today:  Dr. Vanessa Allen McCloud, the president and CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana joins us to talk about the 6th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards Luncheon, to be held on March 22nd in Merrillville.   She explains the categories for this year's awards -- how applicants can put in nominations for them -- and how the awards fit in with the Urban League's goals of promoting, encouraging and enhancing services for all minority groups in northwest Indiana.  The deadline for applications for this year's awards is February 16th.

Nurse-Family Partnership website

The Nurse-Family partnership, a successful program to help new mothers.  It's a program of Goodwill Industries Central and Southern Indiana and -- in our region -- Goodwill Industries of Michiana.  We talk with Paulette Maxie, director of operations of Nurse-Family Partnership and new northwest Indiana mother Julia Cook-Jones.  Julia not only has a new baby to take care of, but she's also working on her degree from Purdue University Northwest. Here's the conversation, aired on Tuesday on "Regionally Speaking."

Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Wayne

Today: a conversation with Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne, about the half-way point in the 2018 General Assembly session.   Bills that originated in the Indiana House had to pass by Monday to make it to the Senate, and Senate-originated bills had to jump through the same hurdles on Tuesday.  He talks about the House bills now headed up for Senate review.

Indiana Youth Institute

Today:  Tami Silverman, the president and CEO of Indiana Youth Institute, joins us to talk about the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book, broken down by counties.  She goes over the data for northwest Indiana.  You can see the entire Data Book at the IYI's website. 

Nick Johnson from the website HomeSnacks.net also joins us, to talk about their latest Safest Cities in Indiana List -- and four Lake County communities are in the Top 10.  The entire list is here. 

IPB News

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we bring on "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Dan Carden and Joseph Pete and "Post-Tribune" reporters Carrie Napoleon and Greg Tejeda to talk about the stories they covered and wrote for online and in print.

Wolverton Mountain blog

Today:  we revisit our conversation with former Gary Mayor Scott King.  King was Mayor from 1996 to 2006.  He talks about his experiences as Mayor and how the city of Gary's recovering from tough financial times, including some major improvements made at Gary-Chicago International Airport..

Carl Lisek offers this week's edition of "Green Fleet Radio."  He talks with Richard DeBoer, Executive Vice President of Ozinga about the business and its efforts to "go green.".

Valparaiso University

Today:  Elizabeth Lynn, the executive director of the Institute for Leadership and Service at Valparaiso University, tells us about the spring 2018 "Pathways to Purpose" speaker series on campus, now underway through May 2nd.  This series welcomes exemplary practitioners of leadership and service, including VU alumni.  The speakers come onto campus on Wednesdays, and more information about the  program series is available here.

IU Northwest

Indiana University Northwest is offering a discussion on LGBTQI rights at Indiana University and Indiana on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Gary campus' Savannah Center.  The University invited the veterans' program director at Indiana University South Bend, Rhiannon Carlson, to lead the discussion.  

nwitimes.com

Today:  Ivy Tech Community College just unveiled its new five-year strategic plan, and we asked statewide President Sue Ellspermann to review it and talk about the impact it will have on northwest Indiana.  The plan aligns with Indiana's goal to give 60-percent of the Indiana workforce a high-value post-secondary degree or credential by 2025.

Lauren Chapman, IPB News / Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable Thursday, we talk to Lauren Cross and Sarah Reese of the "Times of Northwest Indiana" about their stories offered in print and online.  Both reporters' stories include updates on the city of East Chicago's dealings with federal agencies  over the USS Lead Superfund site and the federally-financed public housing projects that were built on it -- before it became a Superfund project.   We also bring you the complete "Indiana and Blizzard of 1978" 40th anniversary feature from Network Indiana.   You can find it at 15:33 into today's program podcast.

Penn State University

Today:  Joe Wood with INVestEd, a Hoosier non-profit that makes higher education possible for Hoosier families, joins us to talk about the organization and its more than 35 years of work, that includes helping set up college fairs and FAFSA events across the state.  The work includes financial aid literacy and lending support for college-bound students and their families.  The organization is setting up its first Indiana College Re-Fi Week, from January 29th to February 2nd to help Hoosiers reduce their college debt load.

Temple University School of Law

Today:  we talk with Valparaiso University School of Law professor Jeremy Telman about this Thursday's 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture  on campus.  This year, the guest speaker is professor Henry Richardson III, from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. He is a renowned expert on international law, and his insight into how it fits into today's world view will be ompared with Dr. King's own views. 

Porter County Indiana entry in Wikipedia

Jeff Good, the president of the Porter County Board of Commissioners, was with us on "Regionally Speaking on Monday to talk about the board's upcoming bond issue-driven county building upgrades and drainage improvement program for South Haven.   Here's the conversation.

Projects in this expansive program are scheduled to begin this year.  They will be financed by the county's foundation with the interest generated by the sale of the Porter County hospital.

Photo Provided

Today:  An at-length conversation with Jeff Good, the president of the Porter County Board of Commissioners, about the board's upcoming bond issue-driven county building upgrade and drainage improvement program for South Haven.  Projects in this expansive program are scheduled to begin this year.  They will be financed by the county's foundation with the interest generated by the sale of the Porter County hospital.

Lakeshore Public Media

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable we bring in "Times of Northwest Indiana" reporters Bill Dolan and Carmen McCollum and, for his initial visit, "Inside Indiana Business" senior writer-reporter Dan McGowan.  They talk about the stories they worked on that appear online on the internet and, in Bill's and Carmen's instances, in print.

NUVO Magazine, Indianapolis

Today:   Hoosier Environmental Council executive director Jesse Kharbanda joins us to talk about the HEC's 2018 General Assembly policy priorities -- one of which isn't usually considered an environmental issue.  More information about them all is on the HEC website.

Carl Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities has the first episode of "Green Fleet Radio," a regular Wednesday feature on "Regionally Speaking."  He talks today with two Indiana Department of Environmental Management staffers:  Shawn Beals, the senior environmental manager and his colleague Ryan Clem.

Congressman Peter Visclosky's office

Today:   We revisit our conversation about the South Shore Leadership Center's upcoming "Vision Project" delving into northwest Indiana issues and ways to deal with them.  The "Project's" task this time is on tourism.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson reports on gasoline prices and why they're so high this year compared to 2017. 

Lake County government

Today:  We bring you at-length conversations with Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. about the Sheriff's Department itself and the efforts to fight cross-border crime and the  opioid epidemic... and with Joan Machucua, an Ogden Dunes resident who is helping organize northwest Indiana residents to attend the upcoming Womens March Chicago.  She talked recently with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson.

IndyStar.com

Today:  On this Reporters Roundtable, we bring in northwest Indiana public radio reporter Michael Puente, "Post-Tribune" reporter Meredith Colias-Pete and Jon Gard, who covers LaPorte County events for the LaPorte "Herald-Argus" and the Michigan City "News Dispatch."  They're talking about the stories they covered online as well as in print and, in Michael's instance, his stories aired on Lakeshore Public Radio.

Our Time Press website

 The annual observance of the tradition of honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. is taking place at universities around northwest Indiana – Valparaiso University's 28th annual observance is coming up on January 15th. Let's find out more from Byron Martin, the director of multicultural programs at VU. and Professor Heath Carter, the co-chairman of this year's committee.  Here is the conversation.

Darron Cummings, The Associated Press

Today:  Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at I.U.-Purdue Fort Wayne offers an analysis of Tuesday night's "State of the State" address from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.  The Governor made his comments before a joint session of the Indiana House and Senate at the Statehouse.

Bloomington Herald-Times

Today:  Noted Indiana economist, speaker and writer Morton Marcus joins us once again to review the topics he brings up in his recent "Eye on the Pie" columns printed across the state on economic issues, including the state's workforce.

We revisit our conversation with Purdue University engineering graduate and inventor Ryan Frederickson, who came up with a different way to keep an opened bottle of wine fresh for months after the user first opens it.  It's called "ART Wine Refresher."

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