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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Politics & Government
7:09 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Economic Shift Points Pence's Focus to Energy

Gov. Mike Pence says Indiana needs to rethink its energy strategy as the state's economy evolves.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Pence administration is developing a comprehensive energy plan that the governor says will take a balanced look at Indiana’s energy environment.

Governor Pence’s predecessor, Mitch Daniels, unveiled a strategic energy plan just eight years ago.  The goal was to meet the state’s energy needs by involving clean coal technologies, renewable energy sources and greater energy efficiency. 

Pence says the need for a new state energy plan arises from concerns about an economic shift.

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Health & Science
6:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Episode 145 - Avocado

Education
6:07 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Heritage Trail - The Fort Wayne Kekiongas

Tom Castaldi talks about how Fort Wayne hosted the first major league baseball game.  

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News
5:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

$200 Million in Road Projects Could Begin This Year

Work to expand some of Indiana’s major highways could begin as early as this year after Governor Mike  Pence Thursday announced the release of $200 million to fund road construction. 

Legislation signed by the governor releases $200 million in transportation funding that was set  aside in last year’s budget. 

The money will be used to add lanes to Interstate 65 in two areas – just  south of Indianapolis and around Lafayette. Companies will bid for the contracts later this year and  work could begin late this year or early next year. 

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The Difference
4:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

In "Race for Results," African-Americans are Falling Behind

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its "Race for Results" report on Tuesday.
Credit Courtesy / Annie E. Casey Foundation

As we reported earlier this week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its latest study examining how kids of different races fare when it comes to meeting developmental milestones on time.

The findings are striking, though not necessarily surprising.

Black, Latino, and Native American children are lagging behind – in some cases, far behind their white and Asian-American peers.

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News
6:13 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

AWS Foundation Donates South Central Campus to Blue Jacket, Inc.

The Fort Wayne nonprofit Blue Jacket, Inc. no longer has to pay rent. The AWS Foundation donated a quarter acre campus to the workforce training organization last week.

Blue Jacket had been leasing their 19,000 square foot building for two years.

The building on South Calhoun Street near Downtown Fort Wayne has a history of serving underprivileged residents – from people with disabilities to refugees; it now houses Blue Jacket’s programs for disadvantaged job seekers, including ex-offenders.

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The Difference
5:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Report Finds Indiana Among Worst States for Black Youth

The "Race for Results" report released Tuesday assigned scores from 0-1000 measuring child progression and opportunity in the U.S. Indiana ranked among the worst states for black youth.
Credit "Race for Results" / Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new study released Tuesday finds Indiana among the ten worst states for black children, highlighting the disparity in opportunity between African-American youth and their peers.

The policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, titled "Race for Results," measures 12 factors in an effort to chart child progression nationwide. Those include everything from reading proficiency to graduation rates to the number of children living near or below the federal poverty level.

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