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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The City of South Bend is working on a budget for 2021 that reflects some of the financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Black Lives Matter murals have been painted on streets across the country...and now one has been proposed for a street near the high school in St. Joseph, Michigan. Officials from the City are hearing mixed opinions from residents.

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Today is the first day back to school for some districts in Michiana, but most students won’t step foot in a physical school building due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some teachers had to adjust for their first day of virtual classes.

The University of Notre Dame launched a COVID-19 dashboard Tuesday that tracks all positive cases on campus.

A case of miscommunication… that’s what Elkhart County’s Health Officer said happened last week with Elkhart County school superintendents. It caused confusion and upheaval in several districts’ back-to school plans. The health officer is blaming social media for playing a big part in the misunderstanding.


Benton Harbor Area Schools released its back-to school plan this week which includes options for both in-person and virtual learning. 

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South Bend officials are concerned about what they describe as increasing amounts of gun violence and fighting in the city. 


Michigan’s Primary Election is playing out differently this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There weren’t many lines of voters at the polls today - most likely because many people chose to cast absentee ballots this year due to the pandemic.

The Elkhart County Health Officer has just issued new guidance on reopening schools. She is recommending that schools can offer an option to reopen for in-person instruction. In addition, Dr. Lydia Mertz will also announce today that Elkhart County will move to Stage 4.5 with the rest of the state in reopening the economy. Elkhart County had been "paused" at Stage 4 behind the rest of the state due to earlier surging COVID-19 case numbers.


Most high school fall sports practices in Indiana are scheduled to start Monday. Local high schools are preparing to try to keep student athletes and coaches safe when they return.

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All Mishawaka students will be starting off the school year virtually. The School City of Mishawaka board approved a back-to-school plan during a special meeting Wednesday afternoon.

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Since the start of July, Berrien County has seen an increase in new COVID-19 cases and the percent of COVID-19 tests coming back positive has increased as well. The trend has local health officials concerned.

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Since the start of July, Berrien County has seen an increase in new COVID-19 cases and the percent of COVID-19 tests coming back positive has increased as well. The trend has local health officials concerned.

Regis Philbin, TV Personality And Host, To Be Buried On Notre Dame Campus

Jul 25, 2020
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UPDATE - University of Notre Dame alumnus and television host Regis Philbin will be buried at the Cedar Grove Cemetery on the Notre Dame campus. That’s according to a University spokesperson.

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Some South Bend council members joined residents of the city’s Monroe Park neighborhood Friday night to tour an area nearby that has been a homeless encampment. 


Face masks will be required throughout the entire state of Indiana starting Monday following an executive order signed by Governor Eric Holcomb. But some officials in northern Indiana are unsure how and if the mandate can be enforced.


Schools across Michiana are preparing plans for reopening in the fall during the pandemic. Officials in Elkhart County are keeping a close eye on COVID-19 numbers to determine whether or not students will start school in-person. 

The South Bend Civic Theatre announced this week it would be cancelling all in-person performances through December. This is due to the spike in COVID 19 cases.

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John Glenn high school can be added to the growing list of high schools in Michiana that have reported at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 among student athletes or coaches. Local high schools are trying to prepare for the upcoming fall sports season amid the pandemic.

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Officials from the South Bend Community School Corporation are reconsidering their reopening plan after hundreds of teachers and parents expressed their concerns over the past week. School Officials discussed alternatives to their original plan during a meeting Monday night.

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise in St. Joseph County, Indiana, especially among people under the age of 30. This increasing infection rate among young people is a new trend.

The St. Joseph County, IN Board of Health is working on an ordinance to fine businesses that violate the health department’s face mask order.

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Schools across the country are preparing for what the 2020 school year will look like amid the pandemic. South Bend Community Schools released its plan this week for reopening in the fall but some parents have concerns.

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The South Bend Board of Public Safety voted unanimously to approve the police discipline matrix at a meeting Wednesday morning. Local activists and faith leaders have been putting pressure on the board to pass the matrix for several months. 

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The coronavirus isolation center at a Motel 6 in Roseland will close Wednesday. That’s according to South Bend officials. 

The isolation center was set up in April to serve as a place primarily for the homeless to stay while waiting for COVID-19 test results or to recover from the virus.

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The South Bend Common Council passed a resolution 5 to 4 Monday night calling on Mayor James Mueller to declare a state of emergency regarding homelessness in the City.

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South Bend residents and members of the Monroe Park Neighborhood Association are calling on City officials to immediately open a 24-hour homeless shelter. This is in response to what residents say is an ongoing homelessness problem in South Bend.

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The results of a study conducted by a consulting firm that looked at the South Bend Police Department after a white officer shot and killed a black man last summer were made public for the first time this week. 

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The University of Notre Dame will require students to take a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. That’s according to the University’s website.