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 Oprah.com.
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.