Chris Morisse Vizza

Morning Edition Host / Reporter

Chris Morisse Vizza hosts  Morning Edition and reports for the WBAA News Department.

She earned a degree in communications from the University of Evansville and began her career as a reporter and newscaster at WASK in Lafayette.

Chris then joined WLFI-TV, where she worked 15 years as a reporter and 10 years as news director.

Most recently, she worked as a print and digital reporter for the Journal & Courier. 

She's also a 2010 inductee into the Indiana Associated Press Broadcast Association Hall of Fame.

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Our guest this morning on WBAA’s Wake-Up Call is Saint Joseph’s College Assistant Professor of History Susan Chattin. 

She is one of six tenured faculty members who filed suit after Board of Trustees Chairman Ben Sponseller announced Feb. 3 the college would suspend operations following commencement in May.

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Our guest on WBAA's Wake-Up Call is Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service Director Darrell Clase.

We asked him for an update on the  trends local emergency responders are seeing in terms of drug overdose calls resulting from the ongoing drug abuse problem that's permeated the nation.

For starters, he says, to-date this year, the number of calls to treat patients who've overdosed on heroin has more than doubled from last year.

Courtesy Indiana Senate Republicans

WBAA's guest on The Wake-Up Call is Republican State Senator Brandt Hershman, of Buck Creek, Tippecanoe County.

We've invited him to discuss his proposal for Hoosiers to vote next year, and choose whether to change the Indiana Constitution and permanently require future state legislators to adopt a balanced budget. 

Purdue University

Purdue Provost Deba Dutta has been named Chancellor of Rutgers University’s New Brunswick campus, effective July first.

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Tippecanoe County is enlisting help from man’s best friend to make court appearances less stressful for abused and neglected children.

Court Appointed Special Advocate Executive Director Coleen Connor says local members of Therapy Dogs International contacted her at the same time she and some volunteer advocates were investigating the idea of bringing a trained therapy dog into the courtroom to calm some of the most-traumatized child victims.

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Nearly two years after a distracted driver hit and injured a cyclist on Harrison Bridge between Lafayette and West Lafayette, an ad hoc committee is finally close to realizing its goal of launching a bike safety campaign.

Lafayette Community Development Project Manager Margy Deverall says public comments collected from an online survey now underway will help shape the informational campaign to make drivers, cyclists and pedestrians more aware of each other.

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Many Tippecanoe County homeowners will likely see an increase when their property tax bills arrive next month.

But County Auditor Bob Plantenga says some residents may see a slight decrease. 

The actual dollar amount will depend on where the property is located.

City of Frankfort

A Frankfort manufacturer decided not to expand its existing plant in Clinton County, instead choosing to build a new plant in Anderson, Indiana.

Mayor Chris McBarnes explains why the city lost out on the $100 million investment and the nearly 200 jobs the plant is expected to  create.

This week on WBAA's Ask The Mayor, we query McBarnes on what steps his community needs to take to ensure the city can compete for new employers and the jobs they bring.

By Chris Morisse Vizza/WBAA News

State lawmakers, for a second year in a row, have clipped the wings of West Lafayette grade-school students who’ve been lobbying legislators to designate Say’s Firefly as the state insect.

Republican leaders in the Indiana House and Senate refused to hold hearings or vote on three bills that would recognize the species identified 190-years ago in New Harmony, Indiana by entomologist Thomas Say. 

The students say they’ll campaign for the firefly until state leaders see the light.

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Two different messages delivered just one day apart at Purdue University’s annual “Road School” appear to indicate a disconnect between Governor Eric Holcomb and Holcomb’s newly appointed Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness.

McGuinness, who served five years as Mayor of Franklin, says he’s a local-minded person.

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