PODCAST: Byline - Checking in on the East Chicago lead crisis

Once dangerously high levels of lead and arsenic were discovered in East Chicago's West Calumet neighborhood, many residents' lives were turned upside down. Times reporters Sarah Reese and Lauren Cross have dedicated numerous hours to interviewing the neighborhood's residents and inquiring with authoritative entities for answers to what was, is and will be. Likely, the greatest benefit the duo has provided is the aggregation and clarification of information. Byline, which has featured Sarah and Lauren before, follows up with their work and the current events happening in the West Calumet neighborhood.

Kale is a digital producer with the Times. He is a Region native, hailing from Schererville. He writes feature stories, shoots photos, and co-produces Byline, a Times podcast. He is a graduate of Indiana University.