A state representative whose district includes portions of the WKVI listening area was recently honored as the 2013 Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Bankers Association. Representative Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, was honored during the association’s recent annual convention for his role in passing a bill to reduce the Financial Institutions Tax and protect the Public Deposit Insurance Fund. Indiana banks pay into the fund, which protects local taxpayers. Dermody said in a statement he’s “honored to receive the IBA’s Legislator of the Year Award” for his work in “sensibly lowering Hoosiers’ taxes.”
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.