Diane Daniels

Promotions Manager/Web & Social Media Editor

Diane joined WVPE in 2009 covering the weekend morning newscasts during Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday. As of February of 2019 she has expanded her role to become WVPE's Promotions Manager.

From 2009 to February of 2019 Diane anchored the weekend evening newscasts at WSBT-TV. 

Diane has had a presence in the Michiana broadcast market since 1989. While living in the area, she commuted back and forth to Kalamazoo from 1995-2009 working for WWMT-TV. That experience provided great insight into news that is important to listeners in Michigan. Diane's years of residing in the Indiana portion of the broadcast market help inform her news sense on issues that matter to Hoosiers.  Diane's reporting and broadcast work through the years has been recognized by both the Michigan and Indiana Associated Press organizations which handout annual awards for outstanding journalism. 

Diane got her start in journalism in her native state of Iowa, where she earned a B.A. from Iowa State University in Ames in Journalism & Mass Communication. Her first full-time TV job out of college was at KXMB-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota (where they REALLY know what winter is like!) Diane also worked at WOI-TV in Iowa before moving to Indiana. Covering Iowa's "first in the nation" caucus leading up to the presidential election remains one of the early highlights of her career.

Diane balances her role in broadcasting by being a wife and mother.

Email Diane at ddaniels@wvpe.org

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NEW: A statement was issued Monday by one of the candidates for Indiana Democratic Party Chair following the death of her son.  

Former Indiana First Lady Susan Bayh Dies At 61 From Cancer

Feb 6, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The family of former Indiana first lady Susan Bayh says she has died at age 61 after years of surgeries and treatments for brain cancer. A family spokesman said Saturday that Bayh died Friday night in McLean Virginia. Bayh was Indiana's first lady for eight years after her husband, Democrat Evan Bayh, won election to the first of two terms as governor in 1988. Susan Bayh first underwent brain surgery in 2015 to remove a benign tumor.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the plan is for Michigan restaurants to reopen for indoor dining on Feb. 1, two and a half months after an order to close amid a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The current order prohibiting indoor eating and drinking was extended Wednesday. Non-contact organized sports can resume starting Saturday. Michigan is among just a few states to allow no indoor restaurant dining and is the only one without a detailed plan on how and when reopening can occur, according to the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association.


NEW (JAN. 12, 2021):

UPDATE: Michigan Capitol Commission Takes Action On Open Carry Of Guns

Jan 11, 2021
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

UPDATE (Jan. 11, 2021):

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has banned the open carry of guns in the state Capitol a week after an armed mob rioted in the U.S. Capitol and following a protest in the statehouse last year. Moves to ban weapons at the statehouse have been pushed since April, when protesters opposed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 restrictions, some armed with long rifles and other weapons, entered the statehouse demanding to be allowed into the legislative chambers. The Michigan Capitol Commission has been reluctant to issue rules for firearms, but it shifted course Monday and issued the order to ban the open carry of weapons.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was quick to issue a statement following the commission's action.

(You can read her release below.)

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The U.S. Capitol was engulfed in chaos on Wednesday, as supporters of President Donald Trump, responding to his call to head there, breached the complex, resulting in violence in the seat of America's federal government.

The surreal and dangerous scene interrupted proceedings in the House and Senate, as members of Congress were taking up President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.


The NCAA has announced the entire men's college basketball tourney will be held in Indiana.


NEW:  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer just announced that the Dept. of Health and Human Services is extending the "pause" in the state for a dozen more days on certain activities to limit the spread of COVID-19. The partial shutdown impacts some businesses and schools. Whitmer says the extended order, due to end Dec. 20, will enable the state health department to assess how Thanksgiving travel affected the spread of COVID-19. In-person instruction at high schools, dine-in eating at restaurants and organized sports will continue to be prohibited. Entertainment venues such as movie theaters and bowling alleys will remain closed. The administration has identified key metrics it will use to determine whether to slowly reopen after Dec. 20, and its priority will be reopening high schools.


President Donald Trump calls Lou Holtz “one of the greatest coaches in American history” and has honored the college football Hall of Famer and political ally with the nation’s highest civilian honor. Holtz had a 34-year coaching career that included the 1988 national title at the University of Notre Dame. Holtz received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during an Oval Office ceremony. Holtz led six different programs to bowl games and is an outspoken Trump backer. The 83-year-old Holtz says being honored by Trump makes the award particularly meaningful.


DETROIT (AP) — A judge has refused to block Michigan’s ban on indoor dining during a surge in coronavirus cases. Federal judge Paul Maloney says a “plausible explanation” for the state order exists: People can’t eat or drink without removing their mask, a step that could spread the virus. Maloney turned down a request for an injunction with a week left in the three-week indoor dining ban. Restaurants fear that the steady loss of customers could put them out of business. They also fear a possible extension of the order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration.


NEW (Nov. 22):

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has reported 6,255 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 48 additional deaths. The Indiana Department of Public Health announced Sunday that there have been 295,357 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. The death toll is 5,040. Nearly 4 million tests have been administered in the state. Gov. Eric Holcomb reinstated crowd limits last week and has appealed for people to abide by the statewide mask mandate as steep increases in COVID-19 patients are straining hospitals around the state.


Data released Saturday by the Indiana State Dept. of Health shows ICU bed availability in District 2 (which includes most of the counties in the WVPE listening area) is down to 13.4%.

Hospitalizations for District 2 are at a new all time high as of the latest stats released. 369 COVID-19 patients are being treated in area hospitals right now. 

BREAKING: Lawsuit Filed Over Michigan Order Banning Indoor Dining

Nov 17, 2020

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order banning indoor dining service. The order was issued following a surge in COVID-19 cases in Michigan. 


NEW (Nov. 2): 

Indiana as a whole reported 3,080 new cases Sunday. That means the state as a whole has seen 3,000+ new daily cases in the last 4 out of 5 days for which data is available.

Annacaroline Caruso / WVPE Public Radio


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.


Political Junkie 2019 Remembrances Special – Jan. 1, 2020 at 1 PM.

 As 2019 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. Ken interviews their colleagues, friends and thejournalists who covered them, to reflect on their passions and chronicle their accomplishments. Learn more here. 

Paul Sakuma/AP Photo/File



Today Winnebago announced that it has completed its acquistion of Newmar Corporation. 

In a press release, Winnebago says, "Consideration paid included $270 million in cash plus two million shares of Winnebago common stock." 


Monday morning Winnebago Industries announced it would acquire Newmar Corporation.

Newmar makes luxury motorhomes. It’s based in Nappanee. Winnebago is headquartered in Iowa. Winnebago will pay about $344 million for Newmar; some paid in cash and the rest in Winnebago stock.

UPDATE: SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A judge has convicted a man who died in jail after pleading guilty to murder in the 1988 beating death of a pregnant South Bend woman.

St. Joseph Superior Court Judge John Marnocha on Wednesday accepted the plea that 78-year-old George Kearney entered on March 11.

Kearney was scheduled to be sentenced Friday, but he died Sunday in jail. Prosecutors say Kearney had been terminally ill and that his health had deteriorated over the past week.

Kearney admitted killing 28-year-old Miriam Rice, who was abducted June 24, 1988, while walking her dog in a park. Her body was found about a week later obscured by foliage.

Kearney's former girlfriend, 56-year-old Barbara Brewster also was charged with murder and is due to stand trial in June.

National Park Service

(INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK) - The National Park Service is planning eight prescribed fires this spring at Indiana Dunes National Park. Approximately 1,800 acres are expected to be burned. Fire is used as a tool in the park's long-term restoration of natural habitats and hazard fuel reduction efforts.

Resource Management Chief Dan Plath says, "Fire plays an important role in the overall restoration and management plans for the Park.  Protecting our neighbors from the possibility of wildfire,"