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Michael Puente

Michael Puente

Northwest Indiana Reporter

Michael covers news and issues primarily in Northwest Indiana, Chicago’s Southeast side and South Suburbs.

The first 13 years of Michael’s journalism career was in print. He’s worked for the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana (part of the Sun-Times Media Group) and the Daily Herald based in Arlington Heights, Ill. Michael got his start in radio as co-host of the Latin Lingo Show on WJOB AM 1230 in Hammond. He joined WBEZ in 2006.

The NWI Studio in Crown Point is WBEZ’s only studio outside the City of Chicago. He earned a B.A. in Communications from Calumet College of St. Joseph in Hammond, Indiana where he now teaches as an adjunct professor.

Michael’s stories on WBEZ have earned more than three dozen awards including from the Indiana and Illinois Associated Press broadcasters associations, Indiana Society of Professional Journalists, the Chicago Headline Club, and National Headliner Awards. Michael is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a former board member of the Latino Council on the Media of Chicago.

Michael is an avid White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks and Bears fan. He also acts on occasion in community theater in Northwest Indiana.

Recent Stories

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Indiana's Republican Party Will Meet To Select New Governor

Indiana Republican party leaders will meet this week to pick a new candidate for governor. The old one, Mike Pence, dropped out to become Donald Trump’s running mate.

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Mike Pence Expected To Tell ‘Indiana’s Story’

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence takes the stage tonight to deliver his vice-presidential acceptance speech, he’s not expected to shy away from touting his state’s robust economy.

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What Does Pence As Trump's VP Pick Mean For Indiana?

Pence was in a tight reelection campaign and Indiana Republicans will now have to pick a new candidate for governor.

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All Signs Point To Pence

Several media outlets are reporting that Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be Donald Trump’s running mate.

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Indiana Democrat To Run For His Old Senate Seat

Indiana’s most popular Democrat Evan Bayh is making a return to politics.

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Pastor: Pence Is The ‘Anti-Trump’

A Northwest Indiana pastor says Mike Pence is the anti-Trump and would be a welcomed addition to the Trump campaign.

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Gary City Council Drops 'Saggy Pants' Ordinance

The Americans Civil Liberties Union says such ordinances are unconstitutional.

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To Trump Or Not To Trump?

The clock is ticking for Indiana Governor Mike Pence to decide whether he wants to become Donald Trump's running mate.

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'Slow Poke' Law Fines Drivers Who Don't Get Out The Way

Slow pokes beware: Indiana police are watching.

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Northwest Indiana Heroin Deaths: 'Certainly There’s A Crisis'

The coroner for a Northwest Indiana county says there’s a heroin crisis with deaths piling up at an alarming rate.

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Latino Group Asks AboutTheir Place In Indiana's Bicentennial

A Latino group is wondering why no Hispanics have been chosen to be torchbearers in Lake County to help celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday.

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Hillary Clinton Goes After Trump During Chicago Speech

Hillary Clinton wasted no time attacking her Republican rival Donald Trump during a speech in Chicago.

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Quigley: FDA Should Allow Gay Men To Give Blood

Congressman Mike Quigley of Chicago is calling out discriminatory rules preventing gay men from donating blood.

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BP Agrees To Penalty Relating To 2014 Oil Spill

BP agreed to pay $275,000 to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water and Air acts relating to a crude oil spill into Lake Michigan.

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Southeast Side Residents Continue Fight Against Petcoke

Residents say KCBX is not welcomed any longer in the Southeast side, a community historically known for heavy industry.

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National Black Political Convention Returns To Gary

A 3-day convention kicks off today that tries to set a national political agenda for African Americans.

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Best Friend Of Judge Curiel Speaks Out

Greg Vega has been lifelong friends with Judge Gonzalo Curiel.

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Kirk Rescinds Support For Trump After Judge Comments

"Donald Trump has not demonstrated the temperament necessary to assume the greatest office in the world," said Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois.

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Why Donald Trump Is Criticizing A Judge From Northwest Indiana

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is criticizing a federal judge who grew up in Northwest Indiana. His friends are coming to his defense.

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Chicago’s Top Cop: Reducing Violence Starts At Home

Chicago’s Police Superintendent says everyone has a role in reducing crime, but the effort must start at home.

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