Virginia Alvino

Reporter & All Things Considered Host

Virginia joined WBOI in August of 2013. She works to report on often overlooked stories in the community, and uncover solutions as much as difficulties that we as a community face. Virginia began reporting out of the Statehouse in Salem, OR, and has reported for the Northwest News Network and Oregon Public Broadcasting. Virginia is now the local WBOI host of All Things Considered.

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News
3:38 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Plant

Employees inspect Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks as they come off the assembly line Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Credit Shane Pequignot / General Motors

General Motors will invest $1.2 billion to expand its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant. The company says it’s among their largest manufacturing investments ever in the U.S.

The automotive company will expand and upgrade the existing facility which builds Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. The investment will add 1.5 million square feet to the plant, including a new paint shop and expanded body shop. The plant currently employs around 3,800 workers.

The company says the upgrades will improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

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Zoo News
3:25 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Children's Zoo Opens Renovated Reef Exhibit

The Reef exhibit includes a 600-gallon moon jellyfish tank.
Virginia Alvino WBOI News

And it’s time once again for news...from Down Under.

Okay, it’s not really Down Under, but earlier today hundreds of children got a chance to see  jellyfish, venomous lionfish and about thirty other species at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo  Australian Adventure. The renovated reef exhibit opened today.

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News
3:49 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Downtown Bike Share Could Come to Fort Wayne

B-cycle has made 6,000 bikes available to rent across the U.S. since 2010.
Credit B-cycle

The City of Fort Wayne is exploring the possibility of installing a bike sharing system downtown and along the rivers.  

B-cycle is a company that makes bikes available to rent in 41 cities across the U.S.

The system is part of the sharing economy, like Uber or Air BnB. Here’s how it works – sign up online, choose a bike from a public station, get on, and ride. 

Daily or monthly passes are available, or in some cities you can pay as you go.

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News
5:17 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

City Explores Potential Downtown Arena

The Downtown Fort Wayne Arena Study by Hunden Strategic Partners includes maps of local and regional arena competition.
Credit Hunden Strategic Partners

The results are in from a study commissioned by the City of Fort Wayne  examining the viability of building an arena downtown.  The findings were released Wednesday. 

The City of Fort Wayne invested nearly $40,000 in the study of a  potential sports and entertainment arena downtown. 

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Environment
11:54 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Eagle Marsh Wetland Restoration Aids Return of Frogs

Emily Stulik and her field assistant use nets to capture tadpoles that are counted to measure frogs' reproductive success.
Credit Rachel Patterson/ Emily Stulik

Maybe you heard some “ribbits” in the evenings for the past few weeks – it’s frog calling season, a time for the amphibians to find their mates.  

Frog calls are also used to track their population, which is an important indicator of environmental health. But due to disease, pollution, and loss of habitat, Indiana, and the rest of the world, has seen a declining frog population over the past few decades.

In Northern Indiana however, efforts have been made to restore some wetland habitat to its natural state.

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News
12:55 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Arts Diversity Program Sees Results in First Year

A photo from Cheyney Rose's award-winning portfolio about the evils of technology.
Credit Cheyney Rose

Here's an update for you on a story we reported back in March

The Hope Gap Project, through the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, aimed to bring a wider  diversity of student artists to enter their work into the Scholastic Awards.  That’s the oldest source of recognition and scholarships for teen arts in the country.  

The idea was to inspire students through virtual meetings with successful artists who  come from similar backgrounds. 

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Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

TV Icon Regis Philbin Offers Advice for New Graduates

Regis Philbin met with reporters at Trine University last week.
Credit Trine University

It’s graduation season, and last weekend Trine University in Angola welcomed  television legend Regis Philbin to Indiana. WBOI’s Virginia Alvino got to meet the cultural icon, and has this appreciation. 

Last Friday, Regis Philbin told journalists he wasn’t sure yet what he was going to say to Trine University graduates. But come on, after more than 50 years in  television, this man’s never lost for words. 

“But they’re all smarter than me," says Philbin, "they’re all engineers, they’re going out, they’re gonna change everything, I think it’s great.”

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News
5:41 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Police and Fire Departments to Offer Public Safety Summer Camps

Mayor Tom Henry joined public safety and community leaders at Bridge of Grace Ministries to announce new public safety summer camps.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne’s public safety departments are partnering with a  southeast­side ministry to provide public safety camps for kids and teens.  

Bridge of Grace Ministries will host Fort Wayne’s fire and police departments, and  up to three hundred kids for three weeklong public safety camps. 

The idea is to educate the youth about how to respond to public safety situations in  their own neighborhoods, and to potentially groom them for their own careers in  public safety.

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News
4:25 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Banks Announces Run for Congress

Jim Banks announced his candidacy at the Allen County Republican headquarters alongside his wife Amanda, and Senate President Pro Tem David Long.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Columbia City Republican Senator Jim Banks announced Tuesday he’s running for congress in Indiana’s third district. The seat is being vacated by Marlin Stutzman, who’s stepping down to run for U-S Senate. 

Banks asked his supporters to help send him to Washington just three weeks after he returned home from an eight-month mission to Afghanistan.

The Navy Reserve officer was deployed last September. His wife Amanda took his place in the General Assembly for the 2015 session.

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News
4:13 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Southwest Allen County Schools to Limit Bus Routes

Fort Wayne Community Schools bus fleet.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Southwest Allen County Schools will enforce and expand its no transportation  zones for some of its schools this fall.

SACS says limiting its bus routes could save  the district $200,000 per year.  Deer Ridge Elementary, Woodside Middle and Covington Elementary schools will  join the five existing Southwest Allen schools with transportation limits.   

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