The IndyStar’s mission is to expose what's right and wrong, to shine a spotlight on the unique and special people and places that make Indy special and to look for solutions. With a newsroom staff of about 80, we are the largest news organization in the state and work with roughly 10 other sites as part of our Network including Bloomington, South Bend, Evansville, Henderson and Richmond and Lafayette. The IndyStar is the third largest news organization within USA Today Network not including USA Today.
WFYI Public Media’s mission is to empower, educate, entertain and connect communities through impactful journalism, inspiring stories and lifelong learning. This flagship NPR and PBS station in Indiana has a seven-person local news team and an eight -person regional health reporting team. The station also collaborates with partners in other states and nationally on five beats: government/policy, energy/environment, business/economics, education and health.
Casey Smith covers the Indiana Legislature with a focus on state elections and education for The Associated Press. Before her time at The AP she focused on the environment, law enforcement accountability and juvenile justice as a graduate research fellow at the Investigative Program in Berkeley, Calif. She has had internships and fellowships at The Indianapolis Star, the Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C., The Washington Post, National Geographic, USA Today and other publications. Internationally, she has reported on water quality across South America. Casey holds a master’s degree in investigative reporting and narrative science writing from the University of California/Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She previously earned degrees in journalism, anthropology and Spanish from Ball State University in Indiana, where she also served as editor-in-chief of the school’s independent student newspaper, The Daily News. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Hoosier State Press Association, the Associated Collegiate Press, the Indiana Collegiate Press Association and the German-American Fulbright Commission.
The Associated Press is a global news agency that began 172 years ago as a cooperative of five New York City newspapers. With 263 locations in more than 100 countries, AP provides journalism to roughly 15,000 media outlets around the world. AP sets standards for ethics and excellence, and has won 52 Pulitzer Prizes, including the 2016 gold medal for Public Service for an investigation into labor abuses in the seafood industry, reports that freed more than 2,000 slaves. AP’s seven news bureaus in the northeast U.S. provide vital local and regional news to 378 newsrooms.