Virginia Alvino

Reporter, WBOI; Host, All Things Considered

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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4:28 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

F-16 Fighting Falcons Returning to Fort Wayne

F-16 Fighting Falcons are returning to the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne, a move officials say is good news for the future of the base. The announcement was made by Colonel David Augustine Tuesday.

The Pentagon’s proposed 2015 budget trades-in the Air National Guard base’s A-10 Thunderbolts for the more versatile F-16.

This is the first change in aircraft at the base since 2010.

Master Sergeant Darin Hubble of the 122nd Fighter Wing says the return to the F-16 ensures the viability of the base, and keeps jobs in the local economy.

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The Difference
6:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Obama Launches Initiative To Provide Opportunities For Young Men of Color

President Obama announcing "My Brother's Keeper" at the White House.

President Obama Thursday announced a new initiative to provide opportunities for young men of color who are underachieving compared to their peers.

Obama is calling for collaboration from foundations, corporations, and community leaders to address the nationwide gap.

The “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is aimed at helping black and latino boys stay in school and out of the criminal justice system - and to improve their access to higher education.

In an announcement Thursday, President Obama said that the nation has gotten used to the shocking statistics.

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The Difference
1:47 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The Difference: Growing Up Without a Role Model, Now Ready to Be One

James Trimble and Dionee White after Dionee's basketball game - he plays for Washington Elementary.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Throughout 2014 WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne and meeting the people working to make a change. We’re calling our project “The Difference.” 

In Fort Wayne, the number of potential roadblocks to academic and social development for some African-American boys is vast. Poverty, stereotyping, recidivism, cultural differences: each can have an impact on how a child learns and grows.

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The Difference
2:05 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The Difference: How Mentors Can Help Close the Achievement Gap

Diontre Collins-Jones, high school freshman and member of My Brother's Keeper
Credit Virginia Alvino

All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne and meeting the people working to make a change. We're calling the project "The Difference."

In Indiana, just 49 percent of black males graduate high school compared to 80 percent of their white peers. That number is improving, but it's still the seventh widest graduation gap in the country.

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The Difference
7:59 am
Tue February 4, 2014

The Difference: How One Man Intervenes to Keep Kids Out of Prison

Source: Indiana Department of Corrections
Credit Virginia Alvino

All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI News is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne and meeting the people working to make a change. We’re calling the project “The Difference.”

It can be hard to get out of the legal system once you’re in it – and for black youth it can be especially challenging.

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The Difference
1:20 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

The Difference: Where Fort Wayne Stands Now

Pastor Luther Whitfield of the New Covenant Worship Center
Credit Virginia Alvino

There's a wide achievement gap between black males in Fort Wayne and other men in the community. From academics to unemployment, black men in the city generally face more challenges to finding success than their peers.

Throughout 2014, WBOI hopes to shine a light on those challenges, and possible solutions, in a project we're calling "The Difference."

We begin by trying to understand some of the broad trends in Fort Wayne's African-American community, while meeting a few of the people trying to be difference-makers. We start by heading to church.

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News
6:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

More Crop Production Means Lower Food Costs

Consumers have seen high food prices because of crop shortages and dry weather across the country for the past few years. But that’s expected to change in 2014.

Indiana farmers produced a record amount of corn in 2013. Along with high soybean yields, that will likely mean cheaper food prices this year.     

Chris Hurt is an agricultural economist at Purdue University. He says that food supply is finally catching up to demand, and that’s good news for consumers.  

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6:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Fort Wayne Farm Show Draws Thousands

Young men check out John Deere's newest model of self-propelled sprayer.
Credit Virginia Alvino

The 25th Annual Fort Wayne Farm Show, which wrapped up Thursday, is one of the top-rated and largest in the country. It’s expected to bring over 30-thousand visitors to the city. But that figure may not grow much in the future.  

There are only so many farmers. That number is going down every year, and Indiana farmers are also getting older. 

That’s why Fort Wayne Farm Show director Steve Guenthner says events like his, that present the newest and most efficient machines, are so important.  

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5:54 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Mayor Henry Proposes $3 Million Investment in USF Downtown Campus

The former Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Fort Wayne
Credit University of Saint Francis

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced a proposal today to help renovate the University of Saint Francis’ downtown campus. The proposal would be paid for with the City’s Legacy Funds. 

Henry says Fort Wayne is a center of education, and the city should capitalize on that benefit. He says "a lot of people don't realize that we have truly a college town. We have over 30,000 college students in this city."

USF plans to further renovate the Scottish Rite Facility on Berry Street, which is now their Performing Arts Center.  

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5:56 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Fort Wayne Officially Has a New Police Chief and Director of Public Safety

Fort Wayne's new Chief of Police Garry Hamilton being sworn in.
Credit Virginia Alvino

With the new year came a number of personnel changes for the Fort Wayne Police Department. It was standing room only at the swearing-in ceremony for new Police Chief Garry Hamilton. He’s the first African American to hold the position, and will be taking the place of long time Chief Rusty York.

At the ceremony York took an oath of his own to become Fort Wayne’s Director of Public Safety – a position that hasn’t been filled in years.

Other promotions include a new Assistant Police Chief and Deputy Chiefs of the Southeast and Southwest Divisions, among others.

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