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.


3:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Fort Wayne Awarded $33 Million for Future Development

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry
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The City of Fort Wayne has been awarded $33 million in federal funding for future development projects. Mayor Tom Henry made the announcement Wednesday. 

The City of Fort Wayne is the only entity in Indiana to receive funds from the New Markets Tax Credit Program this year. It grants tax credits to investors for development projects in low-income communities.

In 2008 Fort Wayne received approximately $15 million from the program, which went towards completing the Harrison project downtown.

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Arts & Culture
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Coney Island Celebrates 100 Years

Jim Todoran, co-owner of Coney Island
Virginia Alvino WBOI News

A legendary Fort Wayne eatery celebrated its 100th anniversary this weekend. 

Coney Island opened up in 1914, and has occupied the same store front on Main  Street in downtown Fort Wayne ever since. 

The restaurant celebrated its century of serving up dogs with all-day festivities at  Deer Park Irish Pub, including a hot dog eating contest for those fans brave of  spirit and stomach.

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Politics & Government
6:43 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

GOP Platform Includes Traditional Marriage Language

Some GOP delegates wanted to strike language from the new party platform defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Their amendment failed in a floor vote.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

The Indiana Republican Party passed a platform Saturday endorsing marriage that some delegates found divisive.

The language officially adopted by the party says that strong families are founded on marriages between a man and a woman. It also recognizes the value of diversity in family structures.

But the plank didn't sit well with some delegates, who saw the position as divisive and wanted to amend the platform to remove the definition all together.

Marion County delegate Tom John proposed such an amendment to the platform during the convention.

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5:44 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Indiana GOP Platform Language Not Yet Up For Discussion

There was no discussion Friday in an Indiana GOP committee meeting about language regarding same sex marriage as part of the party’s platform. That’s despite strong efforts from some delegates who want the party to formally address the issue.

The meeting in Fort Wayne was unexpectedly short.

As it stands, the 2014 Indiana Republican platform makes no mention of gay marriage.

In 2012, the 10-member resolutions committee accepted an amendment to the party platform. This year, amendments weren’t even allowed to be introduced.

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Arts & Culture
6:40 am
Fri June 6, 2014

A Change in Perspective Wins High School Photographer National Award

Jessica Lineman, Senior Carroll High School
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

A senior from Carroll high school in Fort Wayne is headed to Carnegie hall.

A photograph by Jessica Lineman won a national Scholastic Art and Writing Award – the longest running source of recognition and scholarships for teen arts in the country.  The national awards will be given out Friday in New York.

Past winners include everyone from Sylvia Plath to Andy Warhol to Lena Dunham.

In Fort Wayne, the Scholastic program through The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, has grown and been recognized as one of the top in the country.  

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4:51 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Debate Continues Over Proposals to End Collective Bargaining

Hundreds of residents pack Citizen's Square for the council's hearing on collective bargaining.
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The debate over proposals to eliminate collective bargaining for public unions in Fort Wayne continued at Tuesday’s city council meeting. 

Hundreds of residents – mostly union supporters – packed Citizen’s Square for the hearing.

Councilman John Crawford, who introduced the proposals, says that collective bargaining costs taxpayers too much, in both the expense of negotiations and workers’ wages, although he doesn’t know the exact amount the city could save if his proposals are approved.

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5:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Proposals to Eliminate Collective Bargaining Up for Public Hearing

Hundreds of people attended the city council meeting where the proposals were first introduced.
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Proposals to limit or eliminate collective bargaining for Fort Wayne city employees will have their first public hearing at tonight’s city council meeting.  

The proposals were introduced at last week’s meeting by Republican councilmen John Crawford and Russ Jehl.

Collectively, the measures repeal collective bargaining rights for all city union employees and consolidates those unions into just two organizations.

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8:11 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Fort Wayne Unions Face Proposal to Cut Collective Bargaining

Hundreds of union workers attended Tuesday's city council meeting.
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Collective bargaining would be completely eliminated for union workers in Fort Wayne under a proposal by members of the City’s council. The council approved the introduction of the proposal Tuesday.

Collective bargaining – it’s how groups of employees use representatives to negotiate things like wages and benefits.

Fort Wayne City Councilmen John Crawford and Russell Jehl propose to repeal collective bargaining rights for city utilities and other workers. Crawford also proposes to appeal the rights for public safety workers. 

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The Difference
6:00 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Interview: Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock on Black Male Achievement

Fort Wayne City Councilman Geoff Paddock
Credit Geoff Paddock

From education to income, there’s a significant gap between black men and their peers in Fort Wayne- last year, the City was awarded a technical grant from the National League of Cities to address the disparity.

As a part of the initiative, the NLC held a conference in Oakland last month for the participating cities to learn about strategies for improving black male achievement.

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4:44 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Allen County Gets Low Grade for Air Quality

Allen County has unsafe levels of ozone and particle pollution in the air - that’s according to The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report released Wednesday.

The association graded 27 Indiana counties, giving Allen County a D, and 13 others F’s for high levels of ozone.

Ozone, or smog, is one of the most widespread and powerful air pollutants.

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