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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South Bend City and St. Joseph County, Indiana leaders gave an update on the local COVID-19 response this afternoon during a virtual press conference. 


Staying at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus is not an option for people facing homelessness. The City of South Bend is looking for places to house the homeless who have either tested positive for COVID 19 or are showing symptoms.

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Normally around this time of year, you would expect to start seeing garage sales. Warm weather is right around the corner and many people have more time to clean out their homes with the shelter in-place order.

Holy Cross College is postponing it’s graduation ceremony until Labor Day weekend due to the coronavirus.


The St. Joseph County, Indiana Health Department is preparing for a possible surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Local officials are trying to repurpose non-hospital facilities to care for less critical patients.

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has shifted gears to provide funding for nonprofits struggling because of the coronavirus crisis.

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College campuses across Michiana have shut down, leaving students to take online classes from home. Some Universities are creating plans to reimburse students for the time they weren’t on campus.

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Indiana residents, and others across the country, are staying home because of a shelter-in-place order meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. What better time to pick up a new hobby? A music shop in South Bend is encouraging people to learn piano. 

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The Elkhart City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Friday that appropriates $500,000 into an emergency fund for the COVID-19 crisis.

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The novel coronavirus is forcing people to stay home, hurting the economy, and making many feel uncertain. Some psychologists are concerned about the negative impact this could be having on mental health.

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Health officials confirmed the first COVID-19 related death in a St. Joseph County, Indiana resident Thursday.

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Healthcare workers and first responders across the U.S. are dealing with face mask and gown shortages. Several locals armed with sewing machines are taking matters into their own hands.

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Many weddings, funerals, and birthday celebrations have been postponed or cancelled entirely during the coronavirus pandemic. Some florists in Michiana are struggling to sell flowers with no events, even though Spring is one of their busiest seasons.

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The South Bend International Airport will remain open despite the shelter-in-place order made by Governor Eric Holcomb.

The South Bend International Airport is considered essential to provide transportation for those who need it. However some changes have been made to prevent the spread of COVID-19.




According to a release from the City of South Bend, a city government worker has COVID-19. 

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Elkhart County is asking for volunteers to make face masks and gowns and for people to help operate its COVID-19 information phone bank.

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On the afternoon of Sunday, March 22, the Indiana State Dept. of Health announced two more coronavirus deaths in the state.

The Goshen News is reporting that Goshen Health has 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Saturday Elkhart County announced its first case of the disease. Indiana State Health Dept. data so far does not reflect the additional cases in Elkhart County.

Meantime, St. Joseph County Sheriff William Redman announced on social media Sunday that, "My department is complying with Governor Eric J. Holcomb's Executive Order suspending all eviction and residential foreclosure proceedings during this state of emergency." 

Indiana Public Broadcasting has learned that a press briefing has been scheduled by the Indiana Governor's Office for Monday at noon.  The Governor's briefing will be about 15 minutes in length and will emanate from a location in front of his office doors.

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The City of Elkhart announced it’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Friday. Mayor Rod Roberson signed an executive order this morning putting some changes in place.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on nearly every aspect of life. Everything from the way people socialize, to job security, and the economy. There are certain challenges the virus is creating, specifically for the homeless and low-income families.


With schools closed and daycares possibly next on the list to close amid the COVID-19 pandemic, finding childcare can be difficult. Some healthcare workers are finding alternatives for their children while fighting the virus on the frontline.

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Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and state Senator David Niezgodski joined leaders from St. Joseph County and South Bend to give an update on the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday.

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The St. Joseph Co. Prosecutor's office released new information regarding autopsy results on a man who had a taser used on him by St. Joe Co. Police. 

The most recent release is below. 

St. Joseph County- The autopsy of Allen Boehnlein, 58,  was performed today in Ft. Wayne, IN. The forensic pathologist noted the following during the autopsy: taser dart probe in the left lower abdomen; bruising and puncture wound to right forearm; bruising and puncture to left posterior thigh ; and several small lacerations to inside of both hands.


The cause and manner of Mr. Boehnlein’s death is pending toxicological and microscopic examinations, as well as further review of Mr. Boehnlein’s medical history.  Test results are expected within the next couple of weeks. The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) continues to actively investigate, and will release further information as it is able to do so.

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St. Joseph Health System officials explained who should get tested for COVID-19 and how it’s hospitals are equipped with commercial test kits.

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Several cities and companies have suspended utility shut offs during the coronavirus pandemic. It could help families on the margin.

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Officials from South Bend’s Transportation system, Transpo, said they’ve seen little impact on ridership since the COVID-19 outbreak.

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St. Joseph County Public Libraries are now among the growing list of closures due to the novel coronavirus. All  branches are closed until March 28th.

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Goshen residents stood out on their front porches Sunday evening, singing to each other. The inspiration came from viral videos of Italians playing music from their balconies despite being quarantined for Coronavirus.

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Churches are taking steps to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 during worship and some are even cancelling services altogether. A church in South Bend held mass over the weekend despite the outbreak.