Weekend anchor Pence, producer out at WTHR

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Nicole Pence, a rising star at WTHR-TV Channel 13 and a niece of Gov. Mike Pence, is no longer listed as a staff member on the station’s website.

In the TV news business, that’s a bad sign.

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WTHR officials did not respond to phone calls and emails as to the status of the field reporter and “Weekend Sunrise” anchor.

But local TV sources said Pence abruptly departed from the station this week. Among the more recent stories she was pursuing was the 35th anniversary of the Burger Chef murders in Speedway.

Four employees of the restaurant were murdered and the case has never been solved.

Pence did not return a phone call seeking comment.

On Friday, the TV news insider website NewsBlues reported that Pence “was fired.” A NewsBlues source also said that a morning show producer had been let go, citing an unrelated incident.

Pence’s WTHR Facebook page remains active, although the last post was on Nov. 19. A story on the station's website about her arrival at WTHR in 2012 is no longer available.

'The Columbus native and DePauw University graduate was hired by WTHR in the spring of 2012, at age 29. She had been morning co-anchor at WLEX-TV in Lexington, Ky.

Pence has been wrapping up a master’s degree in public affairs at Indiana University.

It’s been a year of tumult at local television stations. The highest-profile change this year was the departure of veteran WTHR chief meteorologist Chris Wright.  Wright rejected a reduced role to make way for former WISH-TV Channel 8 meteorologist Angela Buchman during evening newscasts.

More recently, at WXIN-TV Fox 59, Kristin Kane was hired as morning news anchor, starting Dec. 9. She replaces Jenny Anchondo, who moved to a Dallas station last month.

WISH next week will say goodbye to anchor Debby Knox, who is retiring after four decades. And WRTV-TV Channel 6 political reporter Norman Cox recently retired after 36 years.





  • right
    She was so great that it took you roughly 4 months to figure out she was gone? Get a clue.
  • What were you thinking?!
    Wow...just read about Nicole Pence...I looked forward to her providing the news every weekend. She did an amazing job! What were you thinking Channel 13??!!...your loss is someone else's gain! I don't watch the weekend news anymore on Channel 13...sorry, not as good.
    • Nicole Pence
      I never liked her style, not very professional.
    • Management skills
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    • Agree with decision
      I agree with this decision. While she was pleasant, she seemed to be unprepared often. She would mispronounce words constantly. I don't mean tripping over her words, I mean actually not knowing them. I think if she had read her copy before going on and cleared up any questions she had about how to pronounce words, it would have helped her immensely. The morning team on weekends now professional and fabulous.
    • Firing
      It's a shame to see this happen to her, i really enjoyed listening to her, and she always had a nice big smile.
    • response
      When i moved to London ky , I watch her @ lex18 and looked forward too seeing her every time when back visiting Indiana. For Chanel 13 to let her go is a very very bad misstake. Very professional journalist.
    • pence's uncle
      I don't know why all of you that have posted comments and not being happy about Nicole Pence being fired from WTHR.People get fired on a daily basis.Besides her uncle, the Governor will either give her a job or get her a job.
    • Nicole
      Leave my baby alone....she can no no wrong. She's a PENCE for crying out loud
    • Big Mistake
      One of the best Journalists in all of Indiana if not the midwest. What a BOZO decision on the part of a new news director. I hope that this News Director is fired herself and that this bright young lady is back at WTHR. She has brought life to the station and is a great interviewer. my family really enjoyed her professional manner. She appears to have the most fb friends of any news person out there ,so she must be populas with the public as well. The truth will come out, can it be the director is actually the one lacking ethics??
    • ridiculous
      I watched sunrise this past weekend and was horrified at the awkward meteorologist and anchor... I asked myself, where's Nicole?! Then I come to find out, fired. WTHR's loss in my opinion. Those of you complaining about her voice are absurd. Is this elementary school? You sound like my third graders. You people are probably the same people that complain about unemployment in our state. Welp, add 2 more to that list!
      • Sorry to see her go
        I couldn't agree more with you. She was indeed a breath of much-needed fresh air on the Indianapolis television news scene.
      • Hope it's not true
        I meant motives!
      • Hope it's not true
        I hate to see this remarkable young woman gone. She was so professional and articulate. If this is true, I question their movies. I haven't seen a reporter this refreshing and poised in years.
        • Voice
          I agree, she was likeable but always sounded like she was straining to talk.
        • Except...
          She was hired by WTHR about six months before the gubernatorial election took place.
          • Wow
            Her voice always seemed to have a gravel sound, but she was smoking hot to watch. As far as an anchor, Kris Kirshner was better. Nicole was not a bad reporter at all, wonder what happened?
          • I agree with Jill
            The Men on WTHR put me to sleep! Especially in the morning. I'm sure Bruce is a very nice man, but he has NO personality.
          • They need Men!
            The three men Anchors they have now are boring!
            • WISH 2 WTHR
              I heard Debbie Knox is leaving Channel 8 to come over to WTHR so they had to make room....
            • Conflict
              Seems like a major conflict to have the governor's niece reporting for a news station anyway. Probably good move to part ways.
            • Seriously?
              @Hoosier - are you really Nicole herself? Can't imagine anyone else would think that... Sooooooo glad she is gone.
              • Really...?
                Shame on WTHR. Ms. Pence was fun to watch and extremely professional on the job. If you actually listened to the content of her speech and not just her voice (which didn't bother me!), it is clear that Ms. Pence is quite an intelligent and passionate anchor. I hope she decides to stay in Indiana!
              • Agree with Denise...
                I had almost switched weekend morning networks after 26 years of WTHR because of her. Look forward to see who will replace her!
              • Not Surprised
                It's about time. I had stopped watching on weekend mornings because she was so bad. Her voice was like nails on a chalk board to me.
                • ...
                  I agree with comedian Dennis Miller, "if national news [broadcast] is crap, local news is crap concentrate." Would anyone seriously feel a void in their lives if "news" wasn't read to them by someone every evening who's youthful ambition was to read news from a cue-card?
                • firing
                  No doubt the liberals finally got her....
                • Too Bad
                  Sorry to see her go. She seemed like a young talent rising, but network news seems to be in disarray anymore.

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