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.

Tony Webster /

The Tippecanoe County Coroner’s office says foul play is not suspected in the death of a Purdue University student.

The coroner’s office early Thursday afternoon released that information after completing an autopsy on the man.

The office says it will not identify the man at this time

Previously reported:

Purdue University Police and the Tippecanoe County Coroner’s office are investigating the death of a male student.

Jason Kuffer /

The following school corporations are on a 2-hour delay:


MSD Warren County

Southeast Fountain

First Baptist Church

Charles Wagner /

Changing traffic patterns in Tippecanoe County have changed how dangerous it is to drive on some roads.

That’s the key finding from new data released by the Area Plan Commission showing which intersections experience the most fender benders.

It’s no surprise the roads with the heaviest volume of traffic top Tippecanoe County’s ranking of intersections with the most significant injury crashes.

Courtesy City of West Lafayette

Business owners along West Lafayette’s State Street are bracing for a complete shut-off of vehicle access while contractors rebuild the road next year.

City Development Director Erik Carlson on Wednesday updated the redevelopment commission on the project timeline and road closures.

He says pedestrians and delivery trucks will have access to local businesses during prime construction season.

But State Street will be closed to vehicles between Salisbury Street and McCormick Road from mid-May until early August, while many Purdue students are away from campus.

Jason Kuffer /

The following school corporations are operating on a two-hour delay, Tuesday, Dec. 20:

Attica Consolidated

Benton Community

Covington Community

MSD Warren County

Southeast Fountain

Bette Carson/WBAA

Tippecanoe County’s American Suburban Utilities, or ASU, will get most of the rate hike it requested, but not all.

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, has approved a three-phase price hike that increases fees more than 60 percent. When it’s complete, residential bills will go from $47.50 a month to more than $77.24.

The privately-owned waste water utility wanted to charge $85.18 per month.

The Office of Utility Consumer Counselor countered with a recommendation of $60.80 per month.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation /

State leaders have pinned Indiana’s economic fortunes to regional economic development initiatives.  

Many programs have been created in the last few years to foster cooperation between nearby counties and cities.

But as WBAA’s Chris Morisse Vizza reports, at least two West Central Indiana mayors say the inherent instinct to compete for jobs and corporate investment is an obstacle.

Chris Morisse Vizza/WBAA Radio

Lafayette residents can expect to see more large drainage pipe installed under city streets, and sewer customers can expect an increase in rates next year.

The Board of Public Works and Safety on Tuesday cleared the way for the city to embark on the third phase of its 20-year plan to upgrade sewer infrastructure and reduce the amount of untreated wastewater that flows into the Wabash River during heavy rains.

Kyle May /

After Dave Buck resigned from his job as West Lafayette city engineer and public works director in September, he went to work for private engineering firm Butler Fairman & Seufert – a company that’s done a significant amount of business with the cities of West Lafayette and Lafayette. 

The move raises the question of whether Buck’s new position creates an advantage for his new employer or either city. 

Chris Morisse Vizza/WBAA News

The Tippecanoe County Commissioners voted Monday to endorse a plan to establish a syringe exchange and services program aimed at reducing the spread of hepatitis C among intravenous drug users.

But Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski vented his frustrations after the vote.

One by one, doctors, addiction treatment professionals, researchers, church leaders and a captain from the Fort Wayne police department stepped to the podium to tell the commissioners why Tippecanoe County should create a syringe services program.