Regionally Speaking, Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dec 7, 2017

Gary Community Schools is highlighted in stories from one of this week's Reporters Roundtable guests.

Today: On this Reporters Roundtable, we call upon reporters from the "Times of Northwest Indiana" to talk about their stories:  Investigative Editor Marc Chase, education reporter Carmen McCollum, business reporter Joseph Pete and business and transportation reporter Andrew Steele.

Marc covers his recent article about the pervasive public corruption in northwest Indiana, and offers a case study in the form of the most recent person charged with misconduct: a former Merrillville Town Councilman.  Carmen talks about her latest stories covering events involving the Gary Community Schools  (the impending resignations of the superintendent and school board president) and a recent state Board of Education vote on new graduation standards that not all educators support.

Joseph talks about Merrillville-based White Lodging making some changes to its business model by selling off some of its hotel management contracts, the latest on the steel industry's concerns over oversupply and overseas steel "dumping," and a major recall of some vehicles made at Ford Motor Co.'s Hegwisch plant.  

Andrew talks about his stories on the local casino industry, northwest Indiana roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects coming up in the months and years ahead, and improvements completed (and coming up) at Gary-Chicago International Airport.