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.


5:53 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Two Fort Wayne Finalists Chosen in Knight Cities Challenge

Credit Knight Foundation

Two ideas to improve life in Fort Wayne are among the finalists eligible for grants from the Knight Cities Challenge. The announcement was made Monday.

The Knight Foundation received more than 7,000 ideas to increase talent, opportunity, and engagement in cities across the country. Among the 126 finalists chosen was Kate Riordan, who works on bike and pedestrian projects for the City of Fort Wayne.

She’s only lived in Fort Wayne for about six months.

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5:44 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

New Hours, New Routes Coming For FWCS

FWCS bus fleet.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Community Schools’ students and parents can expect fewer bus routes and changing school hours starting in the fall. 

The district has to account for a $2.5 million gap in its transportation budget. Transportation is supported by property taxes, but in 2009, the state set a cap on how much could be collected.

Krista Stockman with the district says FWCS knew changes were inevitable, but held off on making them as long as they could.

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Election 2015
4:47 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Henry Emphasizes "Momentum" in 2015 Re-election Bid

Mayor Tom Henry announces his bid for re-election to his supporters on Tuesday.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry Tuesday officially announced his candidacy for a third term. 


Henry says Fort Wayne has never had a Democratic mayor serve three terms in a row – but he’d like to be the first. He’s seeking re-election for another four-year stint in office.

Henry touts accomplishments the City has seen since he took office seven years ago, including a reduction in overall crime, particularly homicide, an improving unemployment rate, and a significant investment in infrastructure.

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The Difference
3:06 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Interview: Chris Cathcart on Navigating Black and White Society

Chris Cathcart is Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

During Monday's installment of The Difference, we went to Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne to learn how a mentoring program is working to help black male students succeed. There we met Chris Cathcart, mentor for the program, and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech.

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The Difference
1:36 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Extended Interview: Chris Cathcart on the Challenge of Keeping Black Men in College

Chris Cathcart is Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Black students make up less than ten percent of enrollment at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne. Of that population, many students face additional barriers to completing their degrees. 

Chris Cathcart is the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, and heads their African American Male Initiative. The mentoring program takes a hands on approach to help some black students connect to the resources they need to succeed.

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The Difference
12:13 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

How Community Colleges Can Help Close the Achievement Gap

Knowledge King studies for his final exams on campus at Ivy Tech Community College.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The community college was invented to be a gateway to opportunity – open access, low tuition, and a focus on workplace readiness. That model draws a diverse student population, with a vast array of needs.

Today we continue our yearlong series The Difference, exploring black male achievement, with a look at the role of the community college in closing the achievement gap.

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6:27 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

City Addresses Community's Relationship With Law Enforcement

Police Chief Garry Hamilton, Mayor Tom Henry, and community leaders gathered at Citizen's Square Wednesday to discuss public safety.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry gathered community leaders for a discussion about public  safety Wednesday. 

The dialogue comes on the heels of high-profile police actions in Ferguson, Missouri, and  New York City which led to nationwide protests calling for reform. At Wednesday’s event, city leaders acknowledged that Fort Wayne is not immune to  tensions between the police department and the community. 

“I was I guess disappointed with the fact there were not more open lines of communication between a lot of our citizen base and our police department,” says Henry. 

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6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Business Booming for Christmas Tree Farms Still Recovering From Drought

Judy Reifenberg is the co-owner of St. Joe Tree Farm in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

By this time of the year, many households that put up a Christmas tree, already have, whether it be fresh cut or artificial. Most fresh trees are grown in Michigan and the Pacific Northwest, but plenty are grown right here in Indiana.

2014 was an interesting year for Hoosier tree farmers, who had a great growing season this summer, but are still recovering from a drought in 2012.

WBOI’s Virginia Alvino head out to the only two tree farms left in Allen County, to find out how this season’s going, and what the future may hold.

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4:40 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

No Raises for Fort Wayne Council, Mayor

Credit City of Fort Wayne

Neither the Fort Wayne City Council nor Mayor Tom Henry will get a raise in 2015.

The Council voted six-to-three Tuesday against an ordinance that would have granted them all a two percent pay increase.

City Clerk Sandy Kennedy is the only elected city official who will receive a raise next year.

There was disagreement among the councilmen about the appropriateness of voting on their own wage increases, especially this year. Several members cited the fact that council voted this year to end collective bargaining rights for some city union members.

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4:52 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Indiana Workplace Injuries Continue to Drop

The overall nonfatal injury and illness rate in Indiana continues to decline.
Credit Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Workplace injuries and illnesses in Indiana have fallen to a historic low. The Indiana Department of Labor report was released Monday.

2013 was the second year in a row that nonfatal injury and illness hit a record low.

The agriculture industry saw the biggest decline - 50 percent fewer injuries and illnesses from 2012.

All that’s thanks to the culture of safety that’s developed in many companies across the state – according to Bob Dittmer with the Indiana Department of Labor.

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