Research and Creative Interests
- Broadcast news
- Ethics in television news
- Social media impact on tv news
- Interviewing techniques
I’ve spent more than 30 years in television news, and occasionally work as a freelance special projects reporter for WTHR-13 (NBC) in Indianapolis. Inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2010, I’ve worked as a producer, reporter and anchor in Lafayette, (WLFI-CBS), Terre Haute,(WTHI-CBS), and Indianapolis. (WTHR-NBC) While at WTHR, I anchored all 4 weeknight shows. My first love, however, is reporting, and anchoring never got in the way of it. I first learned how to shoot on a Bell and Howell film camera at the University of Missouri Journalism School, then transitioned to videotape. In 1993, I created and produced “Hope to Tell,” an on-going franchise of stories and documentaries on hope and faith that took me to Bosnia, Belfast, Albania, Rome and Calcutta. I have interviewed a variety of world leaders one-on-one, including the Dalai Lama, and in 1996, I traveled to Calcutta where Mother Teresa granted me the last extensive interview she gave prior her death. I’ve earned 18 regional Emmy Awards and five national awards. Indianapolis-born and raised, I am a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism school. I speak to various groups and conventions nationwide. My radio experience includes serving as interim radio host for “Sound Medicine,” on NPR stations. I have honorary doctorates from three Universities and have been teaching at IU since 2014.