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Feature Story Empty shelves at grocery stores have prompted many in Indiana to start rethinking the state's food supply chain.

‘A food crisis’: COVID-19 reveals gaps and opportunities in Indiana's food system

“With this pandemic revealing the fragility of our current food supply chain, don’t you think it’s time the state of Indiana starts feeding itself?”


Special Report There's a new development as part of the Club Room at the Clyde Theatre in Quimby Village.

Building on the Clyde's success: How Sweetwater is creating a neighborhood hub at Quimby Village

There’s a new social destination developing on the South Side.

Feature Story The Northeast Indiana Local Food Network launched a searchable Local Food Guide this week intended to serve farmers, producers, and consumers alike.

Want to support Northeast Indiana’s local food movement? There’s a new interactive guide for that

The Northeast Indiana Local Food Network launched a searchable Local Food Guide this week intended to serve farmers, restaurants, and consumers alike.

Feature Story To celebrate Independence Day, members of Own Your Success in Fort Wayne shared powerful personal stories about what led them to launch businesses.

What have you overcome to achieve independence? 13 Fort Wayne entrepreneurs share their stories

In honor of July 4, entrepreneurs share powerful experiences along the road to independence.

Feature Story Blue Jacket spent a week in July cleaning for Citilink buses.

How two Fort Wayne organizations are evolving to meet ‘essential’ needs during the pandemic

Blue Jacket and 100+ Women Who Care quickly adapted their operations to meet the needs of Fort Wayne's community, paving the way for other organizations to follow.

Feature Story Travis and Thad Gerardot of Fort Wayne.

#PeopleofNEI: Travis and Thad Gerardot, celebrating Pride in Northeast Indiana

"We are an example that the American dream comes in a lot of varieties."

Feature Story Organizations like Team NeighborLink are helping young riders learn the basics of mountain biking.

Mountain bike culture in Northeast Indiana: How all ages are getting into the sport

Another form of family-friendly, outdoor entertainment is picking up speed in Fort Wayne: Mountain biking.

Feature Story The new Utopian Coffee + Kitchen opened at 118 W. Columbia St. on Monday next door to the soon-to-be-open Landing Beer Co.

There's a new coffee shop and brewery on the Landing in downtown Fort Wayne

The Co-Owner of the Landing Beer Co. and Utopian Coffee + Kitchen fills us in.

Feature Story The Family & Friends Fund for Southeast is attempting to raise $1 million by July 4.

Fort Wayne residents are raising $1 million to invest in the once-redlined Southeast quadrant

Here’s a tangible way citizens are supporting the Black Lives Matter movement on their own in Northeast Indiana.

Feature Story Ashley Remy is Valedictorian for South Side's class of 2020.

Meet South Side’s Class of 2020 Valedictorian: A first-generation Haitian immigrant in Fort Wayne

“We had a Black Valedictorian, a Hispanic Salutatorian, and an Asian student in our top 10. There was a lot of diversity, and that made me really proud.”

Feature Story Brandon Blumenherst

Blog: Change starts with understanding how our state and local governments work

"Join us at this online event to better understand how state and local government works, so you can see where change is needed and learn how to make that change happen."

Feature Story Monica Miller of Decatur is the entrepreneur behind the Glasses Gripper.

Not sure how to get your product to market? These Fort Wayne programs for entrepreneurs can help

Follow one entrepreneur's journey navigating the city's startup ecosystem.

Feature Story Paula and Bernie Kaufman founded Out of a Jam in 2016

Out of a Jam: A Fort Wayne nonprofit shares its COVID-19 survival story

“Like a lot of other small for-profit and nonprofit organizations, we found our resilience being tested during the pandemic, and we honestly were not sure how things were going to turn out.”


Feature Story The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library.

Look for the Helpers: Share good deeds during COVID-19 with the Allen County Public Library

The Genealogy Center is collecting photos and stories during the pandemic. Here's how you can make local history!

Feature Story Jim Wilcox, center, and his team at Sandler Performance Center of Northern Indiana.

Small Businesses: ‘Nothing happens until something is sold’

“I’ve heard it said that if you want to re-start the economy, go buy something. While this is true, if you really want to get things restarted, go sell something, as well.”  

Feature Story Erin Lawhon and other Grace College students are 3D printing ear guards for frontline workers wearing COVID-19 masks.

'Why would I not help?’ How Northeast Indiana college students are giving back during COVID-19

As the pandemic continues, college students are putting their creativity and ingenuity to work, helping frontline workers stay comfortable on the job.

Feature Story Khanan Bodley is a student at Indiana Tech.

Blog: Change starts with seeing us as human

“Every time I see another Black person die at the hands of police, I can’t help but think: That could have been me or my brothers.”

Feature Story Hope Matchett is the entrepreneur behind The Red Stiletto salon.

‘Busier than ever’: How a Fort Wayne salon is surviving and thriving during COVID-19

Entrepreneur Hope Matchett shares her pandemic experience at The Red Stiletto and how she's keeping her business afloat.

Feature Story The Black Lives Matter movement is teaching us the power and limits of social media.

What role does social media play in effective activism? Northeast Indiana residents weigh in

As the Black Lives Matter movement spreads around the world, it’s teaching us about the power—and limitations—of social media.

Feature Story Multiple nonprofits are coming together to serve hot meals for pickup in Southeast Fort Wayne on a regular basis.

What does the Black Lives Matter movement look like in action? Investing in Southeast Fort Wayne

Global protests against racial injustice have a direct implication for Fort Wayne: Driving investment to the Southeast side.


Feature Story WBOI's Make Me a Mask Campaign encourages residents to use materials they have around the house to make fun, creative, and unconventional masks to raise awareness about slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Want to promote mask-wearing in Northeast Indiana during COVID-19? Here’s an art project for you

Northeast Indiana Public Radio station, 89.1 WBOI, is launching a new mask-making initiative with a twist—and an important call to action.


Feature Story Joe Jordan, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, shares his career journey with Get to Know NEI.

Students of all ages: Skill up this summer with Get to Know NEI

How a free, community-driven web video series is helping talent in Northeast Indiana learn from each other.

Feature Story Under normal conditions, GearFest allows vendors and customers to mingle in a highly immersive, in-person experience.

Shifting gears: How Sweetwater’s internationally attended GearFest is going virtual in 2020

Here’s what to expect from the first-ever GearFest Online, a two-day smorgasbord of music artists, engineers, producers, brands, and gear.


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Letter to the Editor: Verbal abuse should not and will not be tolerated in Fort Wayne

"Voting is still a right we may exercise in our democracy to remove those from office who aren’t there to serve all the people."


Feature Story Pokagon State Park is located in Angola in the heart of Steuben County.

#PlacesofNEI: Pokagon State Park, beautiful in every season

"The park is framed by both Lake James and Snow Lake that provide beautiful sunsets, boating, swimming, and fishing experiences."

Feature Story Ft. Wayne's Farmers Market is one of several local markets still open during COVID-19.

Fort Wayne farmers market vendors are seeing high demand during COVID-19

During the pandemic, many residents are turning to local growers and makers, and farmers markets are selling out.  

Feature Story Fred McKissack is the new Managing Editor of Fort Wayne Ink Spot.

Meet the new Managing Editor of Fort Wayne Ink Spot

Fred McKissack is putting his national journalism experience to work in Fort Wayne, taking the reins at Ink Spot as the U.S. faces a global pandemic, protests against racial injustice, and an election year all at once.

Feature Story Photo courtesy of DJ E-Clyps/Blacklight Media.

How a Fort Wayne photographer is calling attention to the ‘whys’ behind the George Floyd protests

His work has appeared in TIME Magazine and New York Magazine. Here’s how DJ E-Clyps of Blacklight Media is bringing viewers around the world into the streets of the George Floyd protests in Fort Wayne.

Feature Story Kyah Merritt was born with spina bifida.

Blog: People with disabilities are some of the best employees you can find, so give us a chance

"How does it make sense that people with special needs have to work harder to become fully prepared for employment, and then are not given jobs they could clearly do?"

Feature Story David Buuck

How one Fort Wayne nonprofit is putting impact investing into practice

“We took that first step to rethink our systems, and we ended up developing a game-changing way to vastly improve our organization.”

Feature Story Input writer Pablo Hurtado shares a heartfelt reflection on losing his mother and the complexities of grief.

Blog: ‘Look, I am moving for you now’: Reflections on losing my mother

“A month has passed since our mother passed away, and in that time I have found myself looking for answers, searching for anything that will help me figure out this process.”

Feature Story Alicia Pyle

#PeopleofNEI: Alicia Pyle, supporting northeast Indiana's music scene

"I hope that people see how important the arts and small businesses are."

Feature Story downtown Fort wayne protest murals

Letter from the Editor: True unity requires reconciliation

Our issue this week is a call to action.

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