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Legends of Michiana: Joe Kernan

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WNIT is proud to present its newest installment of the Legends of Michiana series, featuring Joe Kernan, on Thursday, March 21 at 8pm, and again, Sunday, March 24 at 6pm and Monday, April 1 at 10pm on 34.1 and Tuesday, March 26 at 9pm & Wednesday, March 27 at 10pm on 34.2

Lt. Governor Joe Kernan 1998 Notre Dame Commencement Speech

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The Legends of Michiana documentary series focuses on people and organizations that have been influential to the growth and development of the Michiana area.

Throw out the name Joe Kernan to anyone that has lived in Indiana for quite some time and they’ll immediately think of Indiana’s 48th Governor. Those in the Michiana area will remember Joe as the former Mayor of South Bend. Few know the entire background story of this amazing individual who dedicated his life to being a public servant.

Joe Kernan is the oldest of nine children who grew up in South Bend, IN and graduated from St. Joseph High School (SB). He went on to become a catcher for the baseball team at the University of Notre Dame where he would graduate with a degree in Government in 1968.

Following graduation, Joe enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969 and served as a Naval Flight Officer. During his service, Joe was shot down in 1972 by the enemy over North Vietnam and was confined as a prisoner of war for almost 11 months. He was returned to the US in 1973 and continued to serve in the Navy until 1974. He was given numerous awards for his courageous efforts including the Navy Commendation Medal, two Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Upon his service completion, Joe worked for several companies before becoming South Bend’s city controller, and ultimately, winning the mayoral election of South Bend in 1987, 1991 and 1995. In 1996 and 2000, Joe and Frank O’Bannon were elected to the top two positions in Indiana government with Joe serving as Lieutenant Governor. Upon the passing of Frank O’Bannon in 2003, Joe assumed the position of Governor of Indiana.

Joe and his wife, Maggie, have given so much to this community and the state of Indiana through their generosity, leadership and love for the people they have served. Join WNIT as we give viewers an inside look into the life of a true visionary and community leader.

Underwritten by

  • ARTHUR J. DECIO
  • TIRE RACK
  • CHRIS AND CARMI MURPHY
  • REX AND ALICE A. MARTIN FOUNDATION
  • MICHAEL BROWNING
  • CENTER FOR HOSPICE CARE
  • MARILYN AND MATT DEE
  • GURLEY LEEP AUTOMOTIVE FAMILY
  • ANN AND BILL MOREAU, ANGIE AND PHIL FACCENDA & BARNES & THORNBURG, LLP
  • ROBERT BARTELS
  • DANIEL FITZPATRICK
  • DEBBIE AND RICH HILL
  • JOHN LARAMORE AND JANET MCCABE
  • THE JUDD LEIGHTON FOUNDATION
  • JOYCE AND MATTHEW WALSH
  • CAROL AND JOHN ABERNETHY
  • ALICK'S HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
  • NANCY AND STEVE ANDERSON
  • ZOREEN AND RAFAT ANSARI
  • JOHN AND KATIE ANTHONY
  • BILLIE AND DAVE BANKOFF
  • ALBERTA AND MIKE BARNES
  • JENNIFER AND PATRICK BARTH
  • B. PATRICK BAUER
  • DEBORAH AND ROBERT BERNHARD
  • BILL AND BETH BINGLE
  • JOANN AND JOSEPH BLAZEK
  • DEBBIE LADYGA-BLOCK AND DON BLOCK
  • TED AND PEGGY BOEHM
  • JACK BOROWSKI
  • JOE AND JOHN BRODEN
  • JANN AND TOM BRUNNER
  • MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG & THE CITY OF SOUTH BEND
  • NANCY AND BRUCE CARTER
  • PAT AND GENE CAVANAUGH
  • PAUL CHOLIS
  • SEAN COLEMAN
  • CORGEL GROUP
  • DLZ INDIANA LLC
  • KATHY DAVIS
  • MARY PAT AND BOB DEPUTY
  • MIKKI DOBSKI-SHIDLER
  • JILL AND JOE DONNELLY
  • LINDA AND BIPIN DOSHI
  • GREG AND MARY DOWNES
  • DOWNTOWN SOUTH BEND, INC.
  • ELKHART CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
  • EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS
  • ANNE FAHERTY
  • MEGAN AND GAVIN FERLIC
  • SUSAN AND TOM FISCHBACH
  • CITY CLERK KAREEMAH FOWLER
  • BARB AND STEVE FREDMAN
  • JODY AND MIKE FREID
  • ANDRE GAMMAGE
  • CAROLYN AND LAWRENCE GARBER
  • LISA AND STEVE GERBER
  • GARY GILOT
  • LISA AND JOHN GREGG
  • MELANIE SMITH-GUILLAUME AND ALFRED GUILLAUME
  • MAURA AND WALT HALLORAN
  • MRS. AND MR. GREGORY HAHN
  • HEART'S DESIRE ANTIQUE MALL
  • JENNIFER AND FRED HELMEN
  • HOLY CROSS COLLEGE
  • HOLY CROSS VILLAGE
  • HORIZON BANK
  • KATIE HUMPHREY & RALPH KOMASINSKI
  • IBEW LOCAL UNION 153
  • INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH BEND
  • INNOVATIVE IMMERSIONS ®
  • JONES PETRIE RAFINSKI
  • JOAN AND YATISH JOSHI
  • FRANK JULIAN
  • CAROL AND CRAIG KAPSON
  • MARIJO AND KEVIN KELLY
  • BILL KENEALY
  • KARL AND MARGARET KING
  • JAMES KUEHL
  • LABORER'S LOCAL 645
  • JOE LOUGHREY
  • PEG AND STEVE LUECKE
  • PAUL AND JESSICA MAICH
  • ROSEMARY MANDRICI
  • MARCUS REALTY, LCC
  • VELVET AND DAVID MATTHEWS
  • SHARON MCBRIDE
  • MCDONALD PHYSICAL THERAPY
  • VICKI MCINTIRE & CHARLES HAYES
  • ANDREW MCKENNA
  • PAT AND BOBBI MCMAHON
  • MICHIANA ANTIQUE MALL
  • MIDWEST LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
  • AMY AND LES MILLER
  • ANN AND SAM MILLIGAN
  • THE MILTON HOME
  • MONTERROSA LAW GROUP
  • BUTCH MORGAN
  • JAMES MUELLER
  • CRESENT MUHAMMAD
  • GLADYS MUHAMMAD
  • MARY LOU AND PETE MULLEN
  • PAT AND KATE MURPHY
  • KEVIN CHARLES MURRAY
  • KATHLEEN AND MARK NEAL
  • NEMETH, FEENEY, MASTERS & CAMPITI P.C.
  • TOM NEW
  • NIEZGODSKI PLUMBING, INC.
  • MARY PAT AND DICK NUSSBAUM
  • BOB AND CHERYL O'CONNOR
  • JAMES O'ROURKE
  • PENNY HUGHES INVESTEMENTS
  • PERSONNEL PARTNERS INC.
  • PFEIFER, MORGAN & STESIAK
  • LAURA AND DAVE PFLUM
  • CARMEN PIASECKI
  • RSM
  • BILL REDMAN
  • RIVER BEND HOSE SPECIALTY
  • ROOFING PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL
  • KAREN AND DON SCHEFMEYER
  • LORRIE AND BILL SCHMUHL
  • FRANKLIN SCHURZ
  • SENIOR1CARE AND LEGACY CNA TRAINING
  • SEW CREATIVE THREADS
  • BONNIE AND HARRY SHAFFER
  • LYNDA AND CHARLES SIMON
  • SOUTH BEND COMMON COUNCIL
  • SOUTH BEND CUBS
  • SOUTH BEND MUSEUM OF ART
  • ST. ANDREWS PRODUCTS
  • ST. JOE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL
  • ST. JOSEPH FUNERAL HOME
  • MARY JANE STANLEY
  • STEEL WAREHOUSE
  • JOYCE AND DICK STIFEL
  • BILL STUART
  • CHERYL G. SULLIVAN AND FRANK SULLIVAN, JR.
  • SUNNY ITALY CAFÉ
  • ANN MARIE AND SCOTT THOMAS
  • JANET AND LARRY THOMPSON
  • MARY LOU AND DENNIS TOOLAN
  • KATIE AND BRAD TOOTHAKER
  • DEB AND BOB URBANSKI
  • VAN HORNE JEWELERS
  • DIA AND JOHN WALSH
  • KAREN WHITE
  • CAITLIN WORM
  • YELLOW ROSE FLORIST