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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Less than two hours after the polls closed in Elkhart, history was made. Democrat Rod Roberson learned that his mayoral opponent, Republican Dave Miller had conceded the election. Roberson is a former Elkhart council member who now becomes the city's first black mayor. 

Several voters across St. Joseph County reported technical problems as they tried to cast their vote in the municipal elections.

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The Elkhart Police Department will be implementing some changes as a result of an ongoing review of policies and standards. 

Elkhart’s Police Department was under scrutiny last year after a video surfaced showing officers beating a handcuffed man after he tried to spit on one of them. 

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REMINDER: Last Day for Sorin's is Sunday.


Earlier this week Notre Dame officially announced a major change coming to the dining options at the Morris Inn.

Sorin's will serve its last meal Sunday morning (Nov. 3) after the Virginia Tech football game. 

The restaurant has had a presence on campus for decades.

Another restaurant at the hotel, Rohr's will also close this month on Nov. 24 after the last home game against Boston College. 

Rohr's will reopen in the spring of 2020 offering "a modern tavern concept." 


The South Bend Common Council passed an ordinance Monday night that bans drivers from using their cell phones within city limits. 

It’s already illegal to use a cellphone while driving in a school zone but this ordinance will make it illegal to use your phone while driving anywhere in the City.

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About 50 AmeriCorps members from northern Indiana were sworn into service  Tuesday morning. 

AmeriCorps is a program that sends volunteers across the country to help with various community needs.

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The City of South Bend began its 2019 Fall ReLeaf Program Monday. Some new technology is making it easier for residents to track the leaf pickup.

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An elderly Goshen resident and former music teacher got the chance to play with the Goshen High School Orchestra Friday morning. 

David Scudder is 80-years-old and uses a wheelchair to get around - but that didn’t stop him from tapping his foot to the beat of the Goshen High School orchestra.


The lawsuit regarding the controversial South Bend Police tapes will continue on in the courts, just as it has  for the past seven years. 

According to media reports, the tapes allegedly contain conversations with South Bend area police officials making racist comments. The lawsuit is to give the council access to the tapes. No one on the council has heard them.

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Wa-Nee Community Schools in Nappanee is working to replace its school bus fleet with propane powered buses. 

Wa-Nee Schools began using propane powered school buses this year - which they said is a much better option than the traditional diesel school bus.

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Schools in Indiana are screening students for dyslexia and Concord is taking the step to educate parents. 

Indiana’s Dyslexia Law requires schools to annually screen students in kindergarten through second grade for dyslexia.

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The weather is getting colder here in Michiana but not everyone has a warm place to call home. A group of women are using theater to show people what it’s like being homeless in South Bend.

Residents crowded into a community center in the Near Northwest Neighborhood over the weekend to watch a theater production called “Tracy Talks.” It was a stage reading written by someone who had experienced homlessness in South Bend.

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The University of Notre Dame stopped burning coal at its power plant Monday, more than a year ahead of schedule. 

Notre Dame President, Father John Jenkins delivered the last load of coal to the University in efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

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A large crowd of activists gathered near Notre Dame Friday evening to protest while U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at a private event at the university. 

Protestors stood in the rain outside Notre Dame’s gates holding signs which read ‘no one is above the law’ and ‘disbar Barr.’ They blew whistles to voice their unhappiness in the way Barr handled a whistleblower complaint which prompted an impeachment inquiry.

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In spite of Friday afternoon's rain, some protestors still turned out for what they call a "Whistle for Whistleblowers' protest against U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Barr is speaking Friday at the Notre Dame Law School. 

More than 200 people are attending Barr's talk with another two overflow rooms watching on a live feed. Barr's talk is not open to the public. Media are covering it. But media will be ushered out of the room when students ask questions of Barr.