Katy Anderson

Programming & Operations Director, Acting News Director

Katy manages programming operations and helps direct and produce on-air talent for 89.1 WBOI and 94.1 WBNI.   She has lived in Fort Wayne for most of her life and is a graduate of IPFW where she studied political science and journalism.  Though her interests and background in non-profits and public policy were what initially brought her to NIPR, she quickly found herself drawn to public radio programming and audience research.  Anderson is a strong believer in centering programming on listeners, and oversaw the station’s major programming changes over the past six years years. She's also helped produce award-winning, community-oriented news programming on WBOI.

On Wednesday, March 30th WBOI Presents hosted an Issues & Ales Event at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits. Issues and Ales is a laid-back event, where members of the WBOI News team moderate important conversations about our region.  

This hour, WBOI's Lisa Ryan moderates a discussion on  poverty issues in northeast Indiana, and why some residents are working hard, but falling short.  





Steve Hoffman, President and CEO of Brightpoint

David Nicole, President and CEO of United Way of Allen County

This week on WBOI Presents we featured a panel discussion from IPFW, recorded on Feb. 9th, that lookedat the early beginnings of universities and how they have evolved.  Panelists considered the university's medieval roots, American Developments, and modern challenges both around the country and in Fort Wayne.

Listen to the extended conversation here


Carl Drummond, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Earlier this month, the Indiana Legislative Services Agency released a report recommending that IPFW be broken into two institutions. However, IPFW’s governing body issued a response that brings the LSA’s findings into question. 

The LSA made its recommendations based on declines in enrollment, research funding, charitable donations, and graduation rates at IPFW.

Due to a massive power outage in our region, 89.1 WBOI and 94.1 WBNI are off the air. We are not sure when power will be restored but are working to find a solution as quickly as possible. Visit https://www.indianamichiganpower.com/outages/outageMap.aspx to view the outage map, and to report outages in your area. There's also a flood warning in our region, so take it easy on the roads today and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination!

Andrew Laverghetta / Laverghetta Photography

Five years ago, Rob Martinez was a new volunteer for WBOI who was interviewed for a recurring segment on hobbies.  His hobby was collecting Christmas records.

Every December since, WBOI has been proud to present selections from his expansive, ever growing collection.  This December marks the fifth consecutive year "The Nights Before Christmas" will air on Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

In this week's episode of WBOI Presents, we feature an IPFW panel discussion entitled "Voting: Right, Privilege, or Burden?" This discussion was recorded on November 9th in the Helmke Library at IPFW.  The event was moderated by Political Science Professor James, and the panelists were history professor Ann Livshiz and political science professors Andrew Downs and Michael Wolf.  

We apologize for the technical difficulties our HD transmitter is experiencing.  Currently, you can hear HD-1 (89.1 WBOI) and our engineers are working around the clock to get HD-2 (Classical 94.1 WBNI) and HD-3 (PRX Remix) back on as soon as possible.  We'll keep you updated on these repairs. In the meantime, you can stream all stations online, or by downloading the WBOI app for your mobile device. Sorry for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience! 

Science Central


A science museum uses collections and research to teach its visitors. A science center is a little bit different, according to Science Central executive director Martin Fisher. 

"Science centers are hands-on and interactive and fun and exciting and loud and stimulating," Fisher said.

Twenty years ago, that sounded pretty good to the community leaders, elected officials, and business leaders of Northeast Indiana. After visiting science centers in other cities, they decided to create one here. And Science Central was born.

The Allen County Election Board prepared for a 30 percent voter turnout rate in this year’s election, but some are predicting it will be even lower.  

Here's one easy way to predict voter turnout: look at the year. Especially if it’s an odd-numbered year – one that features only local elections – turnout will likely be lower.

Another predictor is something people say they hate: partisanship. National races can be highly partisan, rallying voters to one side or another. Not so for many local elections.  

This election was the first year in which Allen County voters could cast their vote at satellite locations around the community.  While the turnout was higher than expected at these satellite locations, early voting in general may still be lower than the last off-year election.  

In previous elections, the only option voters had for early voting was to go downtown to the Rousseau Center or to mail in an absentee ballot.  This year, residents could also vote at selected library branches around the county.