Annacaroline Caruso


88.1 WVPE Public Radio is pleased to announce Annacaroline Caruso has joined the reporting team at WVPE. 

Annacaroline comes to Indiana by way of the East Coast. She graduated with a degree in Journalism from Boston University. She has radio reporting and producing experience from her work at WCBM in Maryland and at Virgin Media in Dublin, Ireland. She hails from the Baltimore area. 

Annacaroline enjoys covering stories related to the environment and public health. Although radio journalism is her first love, she also likes to create short documentaries. 

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Elkhart County residents gathered at the Lerner Theatre Wednesday night for something called “The Big Event.” It was a chance for people to show their pride in Elkhart .

The Vibrant Communities Organization hosted the event. It’s an initiative that aims to highlight all the good things about Elkhart County and continue to make improvements.



Mishawaka High School presented the board of trustees Wednesday night with a new plan they’ve been using to discourage students from vaping.

The new disciplinary plan requires students caught with vaping products, or other drugs, on school grounds to go to education classes with the district’s DARE officer. It also involves the Mishawaka Police Department that gives out citations to students under 18-years-old and $145 tickets for repeat offenses.

The St. Joseph County Police Department created a new position designed to help people struggling with mental illness.

During 2019 more than 1,000 people in St. Joe County were court ordered into mental health treatment or monitoring, according to the Clerk’s office.

Two men from South Bend received firefighter challenge coins from the Board of Public Safety for their help in saving people from an apartment fire last month. 

Board members say the men are the first civilians to ever recieve a firefighter challenge coin from the city.

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The South Bend Board of Public Safety postponed action on the discipline matrix for the city’s police department at its meeting Wednesday morning.

The discipline matrix is meant to clearly lay out punishments for officer misconduct.


More affordable housing could soon become available near downtown Elkhart. The City’s redevelopment commission approved money Tuesday to help a local organization build more affordable homes.

Lacasa is planning on creating a total of eight units for families whose income is 60 percent below the median household income in Elkhart County.

Annacaroline Caruso

A group of local faith leaders gathered today Monday to call on the South Bend Board of Public Safety to approve the proposed discipline matrix for the police department.

The discipline matrix lays out a series of consequences for different categories of offenses. The goal is to be more clear about what the consequences of an officer's actions will be.

Annacaroline Caruso

South Bend residents gathered Friday to discuss the affordable housing crisis which has been an ongoing issue in the city. 

Finding housing issues to discuss was easy for the group - things like homelessness, unaffordable rent, and income gaps. But they had a bit more trouble coming up with solutions.


Weather experts say heavy rains expected to start Friday night could cause flooding across Michiana. 

Three to five inches of rainfall is expected over the weekend with most falling late Friday night and Saturday.

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An Automotive parts company in Goshen is one step closer to getting a tax abatement to help with a $26 million expansion. 

Benteler Automotive is an Austrian company with a plant in Goshen. It makes parts for car manufacturers like Ford, Honda, and Toyota.

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An estimated 6 percent of Americans suffer from Seasonal Depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Some people in Elkhart attempted to combat the symptoms with a walk through the botanic gardens Wednesday morning.

 For most people, the snow and cold weather are enough to keep them indoors. But for Melissa Kinsey, this weather has the opposite effect.

Goshen City Council approved the purchase of a piece of land along a creek Tuesday night to prevent it from being developed. 

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Plymouth is considering a program that would offer a secondary form of ID cards to its residents. 

These cards do not replace a passport, valid driver’s license or in-state ID. Instead, its meant to help residents who have trouble getting a form of identification.

The City of Goshen will have its first ever Latino city council member come January.


The Elkhart Municipal Airport is expected to receive nearly $6 million from the Federal Aviation Administration over the next six years.

The airport already received about $3 million from the FAA.