ChrisKatterjohn

IBJ columnist
Publisher, Indianapolis Business Journal
President, IBJ Media Corp.

Katterjohn has been with Indianapolis Business Journal since the newspaper started in May 1980. He also hosts the “Inside IBJ” radio program on Saturday and Sunday mornings on WZPL-FM, WNTR-FM and WXNT-AM. Katterjohn is  vice chairman of the board of Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, is a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee for the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, and serves on the community advisory board for the Junior League of Indianapolis. He is a past board member and former president of the Alliance of Area Business Publications, a Los Angeles-based trade group representing 75 local business weeklies and monthlies across the United States. In his free time, Katterjohn plays lots of music. He is bass player for The Meatball Band and a member of the KRS Trio. An Indianapolis native, Katterjohn graduated in 1968 from Park School, Indianapolis, and in 1972 from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He has two daughters.

Recent Articles

KATTERJOHN: Closing the book on 30 years

February 27, 2010
It’s a tall order to write a farewell column after 30 years.
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KATTERJOHN: Local businesses kick in for Haiti

February 13, 2010
Hoosier businesses have stepped up for the citizens of Haiti, the island nation that was literally shaken to pieces by a massive earthquake Jan. 12.
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KATTERJOHN: Stupid Bowl not so stupid anymore

January 30, 2010
In recent years, my two brothers have been fond of referring to the Super Bowl as The Stupid Bowl. Disgusted by the crass commercialism that has overtaken professional sports, they view The Stupid Bowl as the zenith of hype.
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KATTERJOHN: Rise to the challenge in 2010

January 2, 2010
Multiple challenges remain, no doubt. But I feel a whole lot better about our prospects than I did a year ago at this time.
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KATTERJOHN: My Top 11 personalities of 2009

December 19, 2009
I saw where Barbara Walters did her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 shtick on television recently. So with a nod to the venerable newswoman, here’s my list of locals who got my attention this year.
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KATTERJOHN: Indiana Achievement Awards live on

December 5, 2009
en years ago, Dodson Group CEO Jim Dodson came to IBJ with an idea to launch a program that would recognize best practices in the not-for-profit community and reward organizations that practiced them. And not just with a pat on the back—with hard cash.
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KATTERJOHN: Health care issues decades old

November 21, 2009
The unsustainable system of health care that we now find ourselves participating in has been decades in the making. What makes us think we can fix it—really fix it—overnight?
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KATTERJOHN: Indianapolis is a 21st century schizoid town

November 7, 2009
With apologies to the rock group King Crimson, who recorded a song in the late ’60s called “21st Century Schizoid Man,” I’d like to draw attention to our city’s split personality. Good Indianapolis. Bad Indianapolis.
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KATTERJOHN: Get out and vote for Wishard

October 24, 2009
You know, there’s an election on Nov. 3, right? We’re not voting for president, governor, mayor, or even dog catcher. We’re voting for a critical piece of the health care delivery system in central Indiana: whether to allow Marion County Health & Hospital Corp. to sell bonds to build a new Wishard Hospital.
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KATTERJOHN: Newspapers still deliver - for YOU

October 10, 2009
The Hoosier State Press Association, a trade group representing 175 paid-circulation Hoosier newspapers, including IBJ, has launched a campaign designed to remind the public of the important role newspapers play in our democracy. So this week, I’m ceding my space to David Stamps, executive director of the HSPA
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KATTERJOHN: Buy some underwear, men

September 26, 2009
It turns out the purchase of men’s underwear is an esoteric economic indicator for economists all over the world. Alan Greenspan himself apparently considers it important. That was news to me.
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KATTERJOHN: Role model leading College Mentors

August 29, 2009
Erin Slater might be considered an over-achiever. The 32-year-old CEO of College Mentors for Kids boasts a laundry list of accomplishments in her relatively short life.
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KATTERJOHN: Where's Mr. Wizard? We need him

August 3, 2009
We don’t have enough kids interested in science and math who will grow into the kind of skilled employees Indiana will need in the future.
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KATTERJOHN: Climbing mountains for Parkinson's

July 20, 2009
What is it about mountains? People climb them because they’re there. People climb them because the experience is humbling and rewarding. People climb them because they represent a physical and mental challenge that, once met, is deeply satisfying.
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  1. Can your dog sign a marriage license or personally state that he wishes to join you in a legal union? If not then no, you cannot marry him. When you teach him to read, write, and speak a discernible language, then maybe you'll have a reasonable argument. Thanks for playing!

  2. Look no further than Mike Rowe, the former host of dirty jobs, who was also a classically trained singer.

  3. Current law states income taxes are paid to the county of residence not county of income source. The most likely scenario would be some alteration of the income tax distribution formula so money earned in Marion co. would go to Marion Co by residents of other counties would partially be distributed to Marion co. as opposed to now where the entirety is held by the resident's county.

  4. This is more same-old, same-old from a new generation of non-progressive 'progressives and fear mongers. One only needs to look at the economic havoc being experienced in California to understand the effect of drought on economies and people's lives. The same mindset in California turned a blind eye to the growth of population and water needs in California, defeating proposal after proposal to build reservoirs, improve water storage and delivery infrastructure...and the price now being paid for putting the demands of a raucous minority ahead of the needs of many. Some people never, never learn..

  5. I wonder if I can marry him too? Considering we are both males, wouldn't that be a same sex marriage as well? If they don't honor it, I'll scream discrimination just like all these people have....

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