Lisa Ryan

Reporter & Morning Edition Host

Lisa joined WBOI in June 2015. She's the local host of Morning Edition and a reporter, covering a variety of topics in Northeast Indiana. 

She graduated from Ball State with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. She has her master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Most recently, she reported for Illinois Public Radio from the Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

Lisa enjoys traveling, reading and coaching Girls on the Run in her free time. 

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Metronomes help musicians keep time. But they can also help save lives. Fort Wayne firefighters will now use metronomes when giving CPR.

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Nalaxone, also known as Narcan, is a prescription drug that can save a person’s life if they are overdosing on opiates like heroin. A bill passed this year by the Indiana General Assembly allows first responders in Indiana to use the drug.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department and EMS have used Narcan on more than 100 overdose patients.

  Rick Machinski is a firefighter at Station 7 in Fort Wayne. He administered Narcan a week ago and thinks it helped save the person’s life.

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Environmental stewardship. It’s a phrase that many people wouldn’t be able to define, but an IPFW professor wants to bring it to Fort Wayne.

Area groups are trying to build an environmental stewardship facility in Fort Wayne. But what exactly is “environmental stewardship?”

Lizette Downey

If patients needed to have work done on their arteries at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, they would need to go to the emergency room. But a $2.1 million renovation will give those patients and nurses a room of their own.

It’s called a catheterization lab, where patients can go if their arteries are blocked.

That lab can be used for preventative procedures, like troubled breathing, or on emergency procedures like heart attacks.

Cath lab manager Nicole Buonomo says the renovation will provide patients and nurses with more space in a calmer environment.

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Fort Wayne is partnering with the TinCaps as part of a national initiative called Play Ball. The program is designed to get people to participate in baseball and related activities.

The city and baseball team have partnered to provide programs and events during the 2016 baseball season as part of the Play Ball initiative.

The city hopes it will complement the community wellness program, Operation Fight for a Fitter Fort.

Mayor Tom Henry’s spokesman, John Perlich, says Play Ball will give people the opportunity to be healthy and have fun.

Indiana Senate Democrats

Indiana State Sen. Karen Tallian announced Monday she is withdrawing from the race for governor. The Democrat is the second candidate to leave the gubernatorial race. Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz withdrew her candidacy earlier this month. 

Tallian said in a statement she supports the only remaining Democrat, former House Speaker John Gregg. 

Mike Fritsch

What do you get when you combine ping pong, tennis and badminton? It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but it’s actually a sport called pickleball.

Pickleball players and fans will be in Fort Wayne this weekend for a regional tournament, and it will have an economic impact on the city.

It’s the second time Fort Wayne has hosted the regional pickleball tournament. One of the tournament directors, Mike Fritsch, says the event will bring in a variety of players at different skill and age levels.

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Fort Wayne is one of two Indiana cities that made the list for top cities to do business. It ranked 6 out of 10 on Business Review USA’s list.

The article cites Indiana’s low taxes and unemployment rates as reasons Fort Wayne and Evansville are two of the top 10 cities to do business.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says the city will use this recognition to attract more businesses.

“We’re going to use that to let a lot of potential employers know and visitors know that the city of Fort Wayne continues to grow and continues to have real positive momentum,” Henry said.

The ADA affects employment discrimination, physical access and equality for people with disabilities. But there are some issues that aren’t covered in the ADA.

Most of those issues are covered in other laws. The president of Fort Wayne’s League for the Blind and Disabled, David Nelson, says the laws were passed at different times, creating a patchwork of civil rights coverage. One of those issues is education.

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Up until the 1950s, Kendallville was home to a windmill production company. They made their last windmill over sixty years ago, but the city keeps that legacy alive by having one of the only windmill museums in the country.

There, you can find windmills from different centuries and places all across the country, and the museum wants to add even more. But the museum first needs to raise money to keep its current exhibitions running.

Before touring the Mid-America Windmill Museum’s 53 windmills, guests are invited to watch a movie to learn more about the science of wind.