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.

Lisa Dunn and Janice Hunter are teachers at Fort Wayne's Lakeside Middle School who both have a passion for teaching students about STEM concepts and careers. STEM is shorthand for "science, technology, engineering and math."

It's a passion that led them to Purdue University in West Lafayette over the summer, where they were selected to participate in a program called TechFit.  

Most teachers use their summer vacation to take some time away from students.  However, this wasn't the case for Towles New Tech Middle School teacher Carissa Richardson.  She spent her summer traveling all over Europe with 40 students.   

Richardson spent time in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom in the People to People Ambassador Program.  The program was founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower, with the notion that peace comes through traveling abroad and understanding other cultures.

Tony Lemmon teaches science and math at Shawnee Middle School and driver's education on the side.  He put last winter's snow days to good use by writing a book about his driver's ed experiences and spent the summer getting the word out about his book.  

Nine months out of the year, Bob Ahlersmeyer is an English teacher at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne.  But he’s a showman at heart, and once class is dismissed, you can often find him in community theater productions and even local commercials.

This summer though, he decided to try his hand at stardom. For six weeks, anyway.

Ahlersmeyer received a Lilly Grant to travel to Hollywood to blog about his experiences auditioning for movies and commercials. He plans on using his blog to educate students on online journalism and blog-writing.  

Laura McCoy is a music teacher at St. Joseph Central Elementary School in Fort Wayne. During the summer months, she decided to take a trip to Peru. But she had more on her mind than just sightseeing.

McCoy lost her parents at a young age, and now devotes a lot of her time to working with children at Erin's House for Grieving Children, which helps young people learn to cope with loss.

89.1 WBOI is proud to announce that NPR correspondent Kelly McEvers is coming to Fort Wayne on Monday, Aug. 25th for a lecture and reception at the Manchester University College of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne.  

This Thursday at 7pm, Classical 94.1 WBNI will feature a special broadcast of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic's Freimann concert at the Reinhart Recital Hall, performed on March 9th, 2014.  The concert features  chamber music performed by the musicians of the philharmonic and will feature the music of Beethoven, Hagen, Takemitsu, Debussy, and Pärt.  

Frost Illustrated is one of the oldest African-American-owned businesses in Fort Wayne, and one of the leading black voices in the community, as well.

But in recent weeks, the paper has hit some financial trouble, and has turned to the internet for help.

As of Monday, the Frost campaign had raised about a third of its $5,000 goal.

Katy Anderson sat down with Frost’s Managing Editor, Michael Patterson, to find out a little more about the publication’s history and future.

This week on WBOI Presents, we bring you a fascinating conversation on what it's like to grow up in the Arab World.  

The panel discussion features IPFW professors Mohammed Alhassan of the Engineering Department and Assem Nasr of the Communications Department, who both grew up in Arab countries.  

Ipfw Arabic instructor Farah Combs moderated the discussion.  

This week on WBOI Presents, we featured a speech by James Haslam, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pilot Travel Center and Cleveland Browns Majority Owner He spoke at the Economic Club of Indiana last March.  He discusses entrepreneurship and of course, the NFL.  

Click here to listen to his speech.  

You can hear WBOI Presents every Wednesday at 7pm, and Saturday at 3pm.   

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