Marisa Kwiatkowski is an investigative reporter with The Indianapolis Star.
She handles investigations relating to social services-related issues, such as child abuse and neglect, elder abuse, poverty, homelessness and sex trafficking.
Marisa has earned more than 40 journalism awards throughout her career, including Indiana Journalist of the Year, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, IRE's Tom Renner Award and the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award.
Prior to IndyStar, Marisa worked for The Times of Northwest Indiana and media outlets in South Carolina and Michigan.
In 2013, Marisa received two national awards, as well as state and regional awards, for her coverage of the difficulties of children with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities to receive appropriate mental health services. She found parents falsely admitting to neglect in order to secure services for their children. After Marisa's series published, state officials pledged up to $25 million per year to close the funding gap.
One of her narrative pieces, “The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons,” became the most-read article in IndyStar’s history.
In 2016, state officials immediately allocated more money to Indiana Adult Protective Services after Marisa’s investigation revealed serious deficiencies with the program meant to protect vulnerable adults.
And later that year, Marisa was part of a reporting team that revealed USA Gymnastics’ failure to report many allegations of sexual abuse to authorities. As a result of the series, more than 100 women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against a prominent sports physician. That doctor was charged in state and federal court. The president of USA Gymnastics resigned. And 16 U.S. senators co-sponsored a bill that would make it a federal crime for national governing bodies to fail to immediately report sex abuse allegations.
Marisa serves as president of the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.