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. 

Elkhart provided it’s first virtual conference to give an update to it’s COVID-19 response Wednesday night. 

Elkhart officials spent a lot of time focusing on testing.


The Amish community in Elkhart County has been hard at work over the last month sewing and donating face masks. The group collectively donated roughly 4,500 masks to Goshen Health.

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Roughly 100 cars circled the Westville Correctional Facility Tuesday in protest of what the drivers say are dangerous health conditions regarding COVID-19 within the prison.

The U.S Small Business Administration began accepting applications again Monday morning for the Paycheck Protection Program. Representative Jackie Walorski answered questions from Michiana residents via Zoom about the loan program.


The St. Joseph County, Indiana Health Department released new data Friday on the breakdown of COVID-19 among different demographics.


It’s been roughly one month since Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a stay-home-order due to the coronavirus. St. Joseph County, Indiana officials discussed when it may be safe for the county to start reopening during a virutal press conference Friday.


Covid-19 outbreaks have forced several meatpacking plants across the United States to temporarily close, including a large Tyson meatpacking plant in Logansport, Indiana. The closures are starting to affect local meat farmers.


Businesses have closed, people are staying home, and life has come to a screeching halt due to the coronavirus crisis. On this Earth Day, there may be unintended benefits the pandemic is having on the environment.


Those with underlying health conditions are most vulnerable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The virus is especially dangerous to people with heart disease.

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Beaches around the world are usually busy in warmer weather, that can be dangerous during a pandemic. Some beach towns in Southwest Michigan are preparing to stay safe in case the coronavirus crisis continues through summer.

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More mobile COVID-19 testing events are taking place across Michiana.

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Hundreds of cars snaked around the University Park Mall in Mishawaka Monday morning to receive free face masks. 

The line of cars stretched out into the road, all waiting to receive a coveted face mask for protection against COVID-19.


St. Joseph County, Indiana officials held a virtual press conference Friday to talk about the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Some county officials say it's too early to start reopening the local ecnonomy.

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Some new COVID-19 testing sites have been set up in St. Joseph County, Indiana to address the gap in testing.

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Essential workers like first responders, nurses, police officers, and others continue to serve the community during the coronavirus crisis. 

With sirens, honking, sidewalk chalk, and signs, locals are showing their gratitude to the workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.

More people are staying home which means all those appliances are getting some more use. Some home maintenance service workers like plumbers, electricians, and handymen, are doing business differently during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many people are struggling financially right now because of the coronavirus, and local artists are no exception. A musical theatre production company in South Bend found a creative way to raise money for artists struggling during this crisis.

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  The City of South Bend will use the Motel 6 on Indiana 933 in Roseland as an isolation facility for homeless people who have the coronavirus. 

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The City of South Bend is providing six hundred thousand dollars in grants so local businesses can get emergency small business loans.

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The coronavirus crisis has created economic uncertainty and financial strain on many families. Officials from South Bend Schools say they are still pushing for a referendum that would raise millions for the school district through an increase in property taxes.


The St. Joseph County, Indiana Health Department confirmed the 4th COVID-19 related death in a county resident. The patient was staying at a long-term care facility where there’s a COVID-19 outbreak.

Michigan’s “stay home, stay safe,” executive order is extended through the end of April. The order now bans travel between two residences. 

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Christians across the world and around Michiana celebrated Easter Sunday, at a distance. The holiday usually brings families together for meals and the faithful to churches. But this year, Christians needed to get creative in order to find safe ways to celebrate.

The City of South Bend is providing curbside pickup signs to local restaurants and retail shops. The signs indicate 10-minute parking for customers waiting to pick up food or other items.

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Friday St. Joseph County health officials announced a third death in the county due to COVID-19. The patient who died was a women in her 60's with multiple underlying medical conditions who had been hospitalized for several days. 


Leaders from the state of Indiana and St. Joseph County, Indiana held a virtual press conference Thursday to give an update on the local response to the coronavirus.

More people are getting outside and making use of Indiana State Parks since the weather is nicer and most everything else is closed due to the coronavirus. State leaders want people to take precautions.

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There are fewer inmates in the St. Joseph County, Indiana jail today than in past months. That's because of precautions county officials are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the jail.

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Tech repair shops are considered essential and remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. They’re preparing to help customers since technology use is up.

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Starting Monday, Transpo will be operating at a reduced schedule until further notice.


Public information about the coronavirus is critical to keep people healthy, or treat them when they get sick.