Zach Bernard


Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered. He currently hosts Morning Edition.

Previously, he worked for WGLT in Normal, Ill. and reported from the Illinois Capitol for WICS-TV.

Zach graduated from Illinois State University with a major in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science. He has his master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Temperatures dropped to the teens and single digits in Northeast Indiana over the weekend, and more bitter weather is expected this week.

Bitter cold temperatures forced the City of Fort Wayne to activate its winter weather contingency plan, which aims to provide warming centers and shelter to the homeless.


President Obama made a statement earlier today to discuss his four-point executive action plan to combat gun violence in the United States.

One of the president’s goals is to expand federal background checks and to make the process more efficient.

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For the first time in its 55 year history, ACRES Land Trust will temporarily close a nature preserve. This week ACRES announced that the Little Cedar Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Huntertown will be closed due to an infestation of a threatening species of grass.


Drug overdose deaths have been on the rise in Indiana and across the country over the last several years, mainly at the hands of opioids. 


When the City announced its Housing and Urban Development action plan in November, improving public safety in lower-income neighborhoods was one of the top priorities.


Housing and Urban Development dollars must be used to improve the quality of life for low- to moderate-income residents. In Fort Wayne’s HUD Action Plan, the city aims to decrease and prevent homelessness by providing more affordable housing and increasing educational and employment opportunities.

However, the City also acknowledges that there’s no simple solution to combating homelessness.

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Fort Wayne is hoping to use Housing and Urban Development dollars along with city money to bring in at least 20 new businesses by 2020.

New franchise and retail businesses have come to the downtown area in recent years, like the Harrison and Ash Brokerage buildings, and the City has plans to expand that growth.

The City is hoping to use Housing and Urban Development dollars along with city money to keep 50 residents in their homes.

This objective is directed at senior citizens and people with disabilities whose homes no longer accommodate their needs.

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When the City announced its plans for the federal Housing and Urban Development funding it received, the first objective was to improve curb appeal of its neighborhoods and increase housing and rental opportunities.

And over the next five years, the City hopes to improve 500 homes and either build or rehab almost 300 homes or rental properties.

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Every five years, cities around the country receive funding from the federal government to invest in long-term improvement projects in their neighborhoods. Fort Wayne was one of the cities that received Housing and Urban Development – or, HUD – dollars this year, and plans for the money were recently unveiled.