John W. Poole is a video producer for NPR. He makes documentary films and multimedia presentations for the web and digital platforms, extending the reach and power of traditional photojournalism with moving pictures and sound.

In 2007, Poole came to NPR to help develop a visual media strategy, combining the organization's audio storytelling strength with still and motion photography. His work has led to two national Emmy nominations for the NPR Music series 'Project Song' and one for an investigative series on traumatic brain injury.

News
4:51 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Debate Continues Over Proposals to End Collective Bargaining

Hundreds of residents pack Citizen's Square for the council's hearing on collective bargaining.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The debate over proposals to eliminate collective bargaining for public unions in Fort Wayne continued at Tuesday’s city council meeting. 

Hundreds of residents – mostly union supporters – packed Citizen’s Square for the hearing.

Councilman John Crawford, who introduced the proposals, says that collective bargaining costs taxpayers too much, in both the expense of negotiations and workers’ wages, although he doesn’t know the exact amount the city could save if his proposals are approved.

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Opinion - Health
3:43 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

HIP, Hoosiers and Incentivizing Health

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

On Thursday, May 15, Governor Pence announced ‘HIP 2.0,' the proposed Indiana alternative to the Medicaid expansion. A long time coming, this will affect the 1.2 million Hoosiers who fall below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and an additional 440,000 who fall between the 100% and 138% of the FPL.

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News
3:26 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Report Shows Indiana School Counseling Falling Short

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says school counselors are being hampered by a number of factors  from providing Hoosier students with the most complete college and career readiness opportunities.  A survey was conducted of more than four hundred school  counselors across the state.

The Indiana Chamber says the problem isn’t with counselors – it’s with counseling. Its survey of school  counselors found that 90 percent say they spend less than half of their time on college and career  readiness activities. 

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News
5:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Proposals to Eliminate Collective Bargaining Up for Public Hearing

Hundreds of people attended the city council meeting where the proposals were first introduced.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Proposals to limit or eliminate collective bargaining for Fort Wayne city employees will have their first public hearing at tonight’s city council meeting.  

The proposals were introduced at last week’s meeting by Republican councilmen John Crawford and Russ Jehl.

Collectively, the measures repeal collective bargaining rights for all city union employees and consolidates those unions into just two organizations.

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Politics & Government
5:02 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Some Lawmakers Concerned Indiana Pension Privatization Delay is Too Short

Legislation passed this year required the Indiana Public Retirement System Board to delay privatizing a part of the public pension system.  But some lawmakers are concerned the delay isn’t long enough.

The INPRS Board voted last summer to privatize annuity savings accounts offered to public retirees in part because of what the board felt were unsustainable interest rates.  Under INPRS management, the accounts earned a fixed interest rate of seven and a half percent, while the rate would be considerably lower under private management, which uses market rates. 

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Arts & Culture
5:44 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrates Spring, Cultural Ties

In Japan, the cherry blossom has been the symbol for the cycle of life, death and rebirth for centuries, revered and celebrated annually as the herald of spring. 

In Fort Wayne, this celebration is embodied in our own Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, offering a taste of Japanese culture as well as a seasonal salute.

WBOI's Julia Meek recently invited Dorothy Kittaka and Toyoharu Tamura (also known as "Mr. T") into the Madge Rothschild studios to talk tradition and dive into the Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival, which starts May 18th.

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Health & Science
4:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Episode 150 - Caffeine

Lucy is WNPR's All Things Considered Host and Correspondent. She reports on news stories in the Connecticut region and contributes to National Public Radio.  

Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Pence Proposal Replaces Medicaid with HIP 2.0

The Pence Administration is seeking a waiver to replace Indiana’s Medicaid program with a new version of the Healthy Indiana Plan. Pence says HIP 2.0 will feature three new options for uninsured Hoosiers.

Speaking at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis today, Governor Pence unveiled a new state-sponsored health care plan that would cover Hoosiers who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty limit.

Like the original Healthy Indiana Plan, HIP 2.0 asks individuals to pay into a health savings account. Those who do will be eligible for a new top tier plan called HIP PLUS.

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