Hope you are finding some great ways to explore Indiana this Spring and Summer. I have the coolest job because I get to help promote a lot of the community events going on around Central Indiana. I also get to profile some of our crucial community service organizations and community issues in the WTHR Cares Noon Focus segment Monday through Friday. My background is news anchoring and reporting until I took this Community Affairs Director job in 2002. I loved reporting the news, but I also love profiling more of the good news – telling you how to enjoy your community and/or get involved in serving others or agencies in your community.
If you have any community events, community organizations or community issues that you think we should help promote, send your ideas my way. We may choose your suggestion and promote it in a Noon Focus segment or on our daily Community Calendar announcements. This is your community, so we would love to hear from you! You can blog with me or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Right now, my Community Affairs producers and I are gearing up for our eighth annual Shattering the Silence campaign against domestic abuse. We will be delving into the issues of child abuse, the impact of abuse on children, teen dating abuse, and spouse/partner abuse. If you have any thoughts or story ideas that you think we should tell, please let me know. The goal of this campaign is to bring the issue of domestic abuse ‘out of the shadows’ and direct abuse victims to resources for help and healing. We will be shattering the silence this summer, in July and August, but we talk about the issue of domestic abuse year-round.
WTHR Channel 13 is also busy promoting and sponsoring several community campaigns in May and June. We have been promoting the 40th annual Broad Ripple Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, May 15th and 16th; the 500 Festival Kids Day and Rookie Run at Monument Circle on Sunday, May 23rd; the Miracle Ride motorcycle fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children, with a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, June 4th – 6th; the Asian Fest at Garfield Park on Saturday, June 5th; the Indianapolis Air Show June 11th – June 13th, and the Walk for Wishes on June 12th at Fort Harrison State Park.
You can hear more about all of these events on our daily WTHR Cares Community Calendar announcements on Channel 13 or on our Noon Focus community interview segment, Monday through Friday.
Let us know what is on your mind, when it comes to the community. Hope to hear from you.
WTHR Community Affairs Director