Updated: Friday, 28 Oct 2011, 4:48 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011, 2:32 PM EDT
Northeast Indiana is a hotbed of ideas for change and solutions to America’s challenges. That’s what NewsChannel 15 is finding out as it tackles its most ambitious project in recent memory. “Saving America: 28 Ideas in 28 Days.”
Fort Wayne’s leading newsroom has assembled a list of 28 people of influence who have something to say about the future of America and as a result, the future of the region. Every day for four weeks (starting October 27) NewsChannel 15 anchors and reporters will feature one top newsmaker. He or she will tell us what needs to change in this country.
“We’re talking to top business, political, cultural, and religious leaders in northeast Indiana, “ said WANE News Director Ted Linn. “We want to hear their ideas to put America back to work and back on the right track.”
“We’re talking with men and women, younger and older, and of all ethnic backgrounds,” added Linn. “You’ll recognize some of these people. Others you won’t. But you’ll be interested in what each person has to say about our future.”
The project coincides with the congressional, so-called “Super Committee” project whose objective is to slash the American budget deficit and debt. The “Super Committee” made up of six Congressmen and six Senators (equally divided among Democrats and Republicans) owe their report to Congress and the President by Thanksgiving. “Saving America: 28 Ideas in 28 Days” wraps up the night before Thanksgiving.
What will you hear?
“It’s hard to say. But expect these area leaders to express their passion for America. We expect great insight and ideas to come from this group,” answered Emily Marini, NewsChannel 15 producer and “28-28” organizing committee member. “We’ve put everything we have into this. Every reporter, every newscast, every means we have to get this message out.”
“We’re excited about this!” said NewsChannel 15 anchors Heather Herron and Mark Mellinger. The “28-28” reports will move around NewsChannel 15 newscasts, but they will always be available here on wane.com. “We report the news each day. We see America’s patience waning. We want northeast Indiana to have a voice, a say-so in the tough decisions ahead.”
“Saving America: 28 Ideas in 28 Days” starts October 27.