Marisa Kwiatkowski

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.


Barbara Brosher

Barbara Brosher is the senior news editor at WFIU/WTIU in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to helping coordinate the station’s daily news coverage, she files in-depth reports for PBS and NPR stations across Indiana. Barbara is also part of NPR’s criminal justice reporting collaborative.

Barbara’s received multiple Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Edward R. Murrow awards for her reporting on criminal justice and minority issues in Indiana, as well as for her ongoing coverage of the HIV epidemic in Scott County.  Before coming to south-central Indiana, she worked as a reporter and anchor at WNDU.

Originally from Normal, Illinois, Barbara is a proud graduate of Eastern Illinois University’s journalism program.


John Russell

John Russell is an investigative reporter at the Indianapolis Business Journal, focusing on health care, energy and utilities. He previously worked at the Chicago Tribune and the Indianapolis Star. He has won more than 50 national and statewide awards in the past decade.

His investigation into conflicts of interest between Duke Energy and Indiana regulators resulted in indictments, firings, resignations, government hearings and savings of $300 million to customers. His investigation into operators of a proposed $500 million medical complex resulted in the cancellation of the project within weeks. He was named SPJ Indiana Journalist of the Year in 2011. He has been a panelist or guest speaker at numerous conferences, journalism schools and workshops.


Kara Kenney

Kara Kenney is an investigative reporter with WRTV.

In April 2012, she was named Journalist of the Year by the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists. Her investigations into government fraud and waste have earned her the Richard Dreihaus Investigative Award from the Better Government Association, two Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow award, and numerous awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Her coverage of the former MSD of Wayne Township school superintendent's retirement payout earned 1st Place from the Associated Press in Community Impact, and resulted in a new state law that calls for more transparency in superintendent contracts.

Before joining RTV6, Kenney worked as an Investigative Reporter for WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Florida where she worked on a series called "Tracking Your Tax Dollars". Before that, she worked for WSJV-TV in South Bend, IN and WAOW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Kenney is a 2001 graduate of Indiana University's School of Journalism.

She loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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Hilary Powell

Hilary Powell is from Indianapolis and feels blessed to be close to family as a freelance reporter.

She most recently served viewers as a multimedia reporter for WSBT 22 News, the CBS affiliate in Mishawaka. in Northwest Indiana as an anchor, reporter and managing producer for Lakeshore Public Media in Merrillville.

Before that, she was a digital associate producer for the Oprah Winfrey Network. She's also been a freelance contributor for stations in Quincy, Illinois and West Lafayette, Indiana. Her work has appeared in The Times of Northwest Indiana and on

Hilary feels honored that storytelling has allowed her to enjoy her passion for travel. Most recently, she covered the European refugee crisis on the ground in Berlin, Brussels and the Czech Republic as a fellow with the Radio Television Digital News Association and RIAS Berlin Kommission. She's also been a reporting fellow with the German American Fulbright Kommission in Hamburg, Germany.

This is a full circle moment for Hilary, who also interned for WSBT 22 as a graduate student.

Hilary is a double graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, earning her bachelor's in broadcast journalism and her master's in new media. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Hilary is a 2015 "20 Under 40" Indiana BusINess magazine award recipient.

Her work has been honored by the Best in Indiana Journalism Awards and the Society of Professional Journalists. Her graduate capstone garnered an honorable mention from the Knight-Batten Awards for Journalism Innovation for project that explored mobile journalism the first year the iPhone debuted. She still has that penchant for digital journalism and likes connecting to viewers via social media.

In her spare time, Hilary serves as a board member with the Society of Professional Journalists' digital committee and "Inspired Living" magazine.

When not at work, she has a passion for mentoring young women and volunteering as a court watcher.


Michael Puente

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.


Scott Uecker

Scott has more than 30 years of wide-ranging experience in the radio and television industries including on-air work in radio news and sports to management positions in broadcast news, programming, engineering, and station operations. He is currently a faculty member at the University of Indianapolis and the general manager of WICR-FM/HD Radio and UIndy TV.

Scott has worked for a number of Indiana radio stations, but is probably best known for his time with Wabash Valley Broadcasting as the director of news, operations, and programming for Network Indiana. Under his direction, the network grew from 35 affiliates in 1990 to more than 100 stations in 1997. He is the creator of the Network Indiana Wire Service and the widely acclaimed Indiana Sports Talk which has been in radio syndication for more than 20 years.

In 1997, Scott left commercial broadcasting and the journalism profession to become Chief Engineer and Operator for WICR-FM 88.7, the public radio station owned by the University of Indianapolis. After designing and building new radio/TV facilities, he was named the station’s general manager in 2002. In that role, Scott led efforts to make WICR the first public station in Indiana to offer HD radio service and secured funding for launching a campus cable TV channel.

As a faculty member, Scott supervises student internships in the communication field and teaches a number of courses including: Introduction to Applied Radio and Television, Applied Radio, Communication Technology, Media Management, Media Programming, Media Sales and Marketing, Communication Law, and Investigative News Reporting. He was a finalist for the university’s Teacher of the Year award in 2005 and 2016.

Scott has had a distinguished sports play-by-play career which includes calling more than 30 Indiana high school state championship games on radio and television, many at the network level. Currently, he is in his twelfth season as the radio play-by-play voice of Indianapolis Cathedral “Fighting Irish” football on Fox Sports 97.5, iHeart Media’s all-sports station in Indianapolis.

The Indiana Broadcasters Association (IBA) recognized his work in 2009 and 2010 by awarding him the prestigious Spectrum Award for Best Large Market Radio Sports Program. The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) presented him with a Faculty Award of Excellence for sports radio in 2011.

Scott is a board member and past-president of the IndyPro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the executive director and a past president of the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters and a board member of the Indiana Broadcasters Association. In the past, he has served on the boards of directors of the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the Indiana Associated Press, the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, and the National Association of State Radio Networks News Directors Association.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-Television from Butler University and a Master’s degree in Information and Communication Science from Ball State University.

Of a more personal nature, Scott and his wife Lee Ann, an elementary school teacher and library media specialist, have a 17-year-old son, Nathaniel, and a 14-year-old daughter, Marissa.


Shaina Cavazos

Shaina Cavazos is a staff reporter for Chalkbeat Indiana. She holds a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism and graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in economics and journalism from the University of Missouri. Shaina has worked as a K-12 education reporter for the Columbia Missourian and a business reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. At the Missourian, she wrote about Common Core and literacy, among other education topics. For Chalkbeat Shaina covers the Indiana General Assembly, state education policy, state standards, testing, teaching and other issues.


Sandra Chapman

Emmy Award winning Investigative reporter Sandra Chapman joined the Eyewitness News Investigators in December of 2003, where she has earned national, regional, and state awards for her reporting.

Sandra has earned honors from the National Headliner Awards covering topics in public safety, education, medical science and the environment. The most recent Headliner award came from her investigation into the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. The State Fair reports also resulted in awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Sandra being named an IRE Finalist. IRE (Investigators Reporters Editors) previously named Sandra a finalist for her report entitled "Ghost Drivers," that uncovered the use of social security numbers from the deceased to get fake licenses.

Sandra is a two-time recipient of the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Award. She earned accolades for her post-9/11 reports documenting the struggle of a local Hoosier who narrowly escaped the North Tower of the World Trade Center and for her work into the 1968 Carol Jenkins murder case, which prompted a witness to come forward in the 34-year-old murder mystery. In May 2012, Sandra became the published author of "The Girl in the Yellow Scarf," detailing the break in the case that led to the only arrest in the Carol Jenkins murder investigation.

In 2012, Sandra won two regional Emmy Awards for Research and for Best Investigative story. "Busted in Byrdstown" uncovered a government employee taking a city vehicle on vacation to a fishing hole in Tennessee on the taxpayer's dime. "Risky Call" uncovered an Ambulance Company putting business above patient safety. Extensive research uncovered a policy that did not require the company to call the closest ambulance during a life and death emergency.

Sandra has several other Emmy Awards including one that exposed credit checks costing federal employees their jobs at the Defense Finance & Accounting Service at Fort Benjamin Harrison, and another in 2014 that exposed an insurance company reducing insurance coverage for severely autistic children.

In addition, Sandra was named Best Metro Reporter in 2012 by the Indiana Associated Press and Journalist of the Year by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. Sandra's investigative reporting has also led to many changes throughout the state. Her work led to legislative changes with Indiana's Zachary's Law, and at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Sandra came to WTHR after a ten year stint at WISH-TV in Indianapolis. While at WISH, Sandra was an investigative reporter and a weekend anchor. Before that she worked at WICD in Champaign, IL where she was an anchor, reporter, and producer.

A native Hoosier, Sandra is originally from Fort Wayne. Sandra graduated from Ball State University where she earned her degree in Telecommunications, and was named the Outstanding Black Alumni in 2005.

Sandra is active in her community, serving on the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Dress for Success, Indianapolis. She is a member of the Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Indianapolis Church of Christ and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

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Hayleigh Colombo

Hayleigh Colombo is a reporter for the Indianapolis Business Journal. She graduated with high honors in journalism in 2012 from Butler University, where she also has a degree in political science. Before IBJ, Hayleigh worked as a business and higher education reporter for the Lafayette Journal & Courier, and a K-12 education reporter for non-profit news site Chalkbeat Indiana, where she primarily covered Indianapolis Public Schools. For IBJ, Hayleigh covers city government, economic development, workforce development and education.


Joseph Pete

Joseph S. Pete covers steel mills, unions, ports, oil refineries, auto plants, start-ups, craft breweries, banks, supermarkets, restaurants, and other beats for The Times of Northwest Indiana, where he works as a Business Reporter. He also writes for The Times Media Co.'s IN Business Magazine, serves a panelist on the That's So Region Podcast, hosts the Daily Business Roundup show on's Facebook page and appears frequently on Lakeshore Public Radio.

The Indiana University graduate, who cut his journalistic teeth at the Indiana Daily Student, Arbutus and WIUX in Bloomington, previously worked as a staff writer for the Johnson County Daily Journal. His literary writing and photography have been published in more than 100 literary journals, and he's read his work on the famed iO Theater stage in Chicago. 
Pete has won numerous journalism awards, including several Lisagors, from the Chicago Headline Club, the Hoosier State Press Association, the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists, the Inland Press Association, the Associated Press Media Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. He was also honored for the "Best Bacon Poem" at Baconfest Chicago.


Adam Wren

Adam Wren is a contributing editor at Indianapolis Monthly and a contributor to POLITICO Magazine, where he covered the 2016 presidential election. His work has been featured in Entrepreneur, Inc. and Forbes, among other publications. In 2016, he was nominated for a national “Best Feature” award by the City and Regional Magazine Association for his story, “The Unblinding,” an inside look at Eli Lilly’s Alzheimer’s drug development program. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School, he won the Harrington Award, the school’s highest academic honor, and worked a post-graduate digital reporting fellow for the Carnegie Corporation and Knight Foundation in 2010. He’s collaborated with authors on several books, including Atari founder Nolan Bushnell’s Finding the Next Steve Jobs. He has taught journalism at Indian University Purdue University Indianapolis, and his alma mater, Indiana Wesleyan University, where he majored in English, Writing and Political Science. He lives in Carmel with his wife, Alison Wren, a teacher. 


Heather Good

Heather Good is a multimedia journalist for WTHI-TV in Terre Haute. Good joined the Channel 10 News Team in October 2017. 

Heather made stops in Evansville, Indiana and Champaign, Illinois before moving to the Wabash Valley. She was the weekend anchor and producer as well as the lead reporter for WEVV-TV. Good was responsible for launching an hour long newscast on FOX and a half-hour newscast on CBS. During her time in the Tri-State she was recognized by the Indiana Broadcasters Association as a Finalist in the General News Reporting category for her report on an active shooter drill at a church preschool. Heather was also recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists earning 1st Place in the Election and Campaign Coverage category for her work on the series “Focused on the Candidates.” She was awarded a third place in the Coverage of Children’s Issues category. 

Heather landed her first television job at WICD-TV. She was hired as the Vermilion County Bureau MMJ but was often referred to as the “utility player” filling-in for many jobs. Good acted as an anchor, producer and weather forecaster frequently. 

Good is the proud product of the University of Indianapolis. She was a member of the UIndy TV program for four years and held titles of Promotions Director, News Director and Operations Manager. It was during her time at UIndy Heather first became involved with the Society of Professional Journalists. She founded the school’s SPJ Chapter before graduating in May 2013. Heather led the UIndy TV staff earning several individual and group awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association and SPJ. 

Heather is a Hoosier at heart. She grew up in Goshen, Indiana. Good became interested in television after working for GTV, a multimedia class producing morning announcements and other news and entertainment packages. 

Heather loves spending her free time with her dog, Apollo and her cat, Hercules. She can also be found at the local watering hole on karaoke night.