Behind the News columnist

A native of Kentucky, Andrews has worked at Hoosier newspapers since graduating from Indiana University in 1987. He covered education at the Journal and Courier in Lafayette before joining IBJ in 1991. He left in 1995 to serve as Statehouse reporter for the Evansville Courier and later served as a business reporter and the business editor of The Indianapolis Star. He’s been writing his Behind the News column for IBJ since rejoining the newspaper in 2000. Outside of work, Andrews enjoys bicycling, basketball and reading. He serves on the board of Trusted Mentors, a not-for-profit that works with adults at risk of becoming homeless. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Indianapolis with their two teenage sons.


Recent Articles

A love story with Christ Church takes contentious turn

August 23, 2014
This is far from the first time that heirs and beneficiaries of the Lilly family fortune have tangled over how it was managed.

Will spurned TV station launch ABC courtship?

August 16, 2014
Channel 6's affiliation agreement with ABC expires in January, but the station's owner, E.W. Scripps, has strong ties to the network and will be highly motivated to avoid a parting of ways.

New Simon VC arm making bets on retail technology

August 9, 2014
The newly formed Simon Venture Group is betting millions of dollars on nascent technology companies that hope to reshape retailing.

HHGregg ready to dust off, ramp up Fine Lines concept

July 19, 2014
HHGregg's high-end-appliance Fine Lines stores are shifting into the spotlight as the struggling retailer looks for ways to offset declining consumer electronics sales.

Combatants in grocery feud are finally making peace

July 12, 2014
Attorneys for the Marsh Supermarkets and Don Marsh have quietly reached a settlement on the final issue: how much each side owes the other for legal fees on claims on which they prevailed. Each had argued since last fall the other owed $1.7 million.

Durham victims wait and wait, as quest for cash continues

July 5, 2014
The bankruptcy trustee who has been trying to scrape together money for victims of Indianapolis financier Tim Durham’s Ponzi scheme just struck two lawsuit settlements that underscore the daunting obstacles he faces.

Fledgling local organization crusading for innovation

June 21, 2014
Jerry McColgin saw firsthand the power of innovation during his 15 years at Whirlpool Corp., starting on the factory floor and working up to lead an Evansville-based team of 35 people scattered across 17 countries.

Sale ends 83-year run for Indy’s Harlan Laboratories

June 14, 2014
Whether the merger of the former rivals is good for Indianapolis will play out in the coming months. Huntingdon has 1,200 employees, most of them in the United Kingdom and Princeton, N.J. Harlan has about 2,300 employees worldwide, including 300 locally.

Lender to bankrupt country club puts on suitor’s cap

June 7, 2014
The lender for the Hawthorns Golf & Country Club is an affiliate of California-based Concert Golf Partners, which hopes to convert its debt into ownership of the Fishers club.

HHGregg’s board is bullish, but analysts remain skittish

May 31, 2014
The company scarfed up $49 million of its stock under a buyback program that ran from May 2013 to May 2014. And last month, the company launched a new buyback program, this one for $40 million.

ExactTarget CEO Dorsey leaving company

May 30, 2014
Scott Dorsey, who co-founded ExactTarget in 2000, will be succeeded by Scott McCorkle, who currently is the company's president of technology and strategy.

Interactive's stock drop shows vagaries of Wall Street

May 24, 2014
The greater success Interactive Intelligence enjoys transitioning customers to the cloud, the greater the drag on short-term results.

Sparks fly as high-tech RV-maker parts ways with CEO

May 17, 2014

Charles Hoefer Jr. charges in a lawsuit that he was fired as CEO of Global Caravan Technologies as part of a conspiracy by other company insiders to defraud him of “rightful majority ownership."


Battery Ventures reaping rewards from big bet on Indy

May 10, 2014
The tech VC firm recently invested $7 million in Smarter Remarketer. It previously bet on Made2Manage Systems, Angie's List and ExactTarget.
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  1. Thank you to the scientists who care enough to find a cure. We are so lucky that their intelligence has brought them to these understandings because it is through these understandings that we have new hope. Certainly the medicine will be expensive, these drugs usually are, especially the ones that are not mass produced. If I know anything from the walks that my town has put on for FA it is this: people care and people want to help. Donations and financial support can and will come to those who need it. All we need is a cure, the money will come. I mean, look at what these scientists have done thanks to the generosity of donors. 30 million dollars brings us here where we can talk about a drug's existence! There is so much to be frustrated about in this world, but this scientific break is not one of them. I am so happy for this new found hope. Thank you so much to the scientists who have been slaving away to help my friends with FA. We wish you speedy success in the time to come!

  2. I love tiny neighborhood bars-- when I travel city to city for work, it's my preference to find them. However, too many still having smoking inside. So I'm limited to bars in the cities that have smoking bans. I travel to Kokomo often, and I can promise, I'll be one of those people who visit the ma and pa bars once they're smoke free!

  3. I believe the issue with keystone & 96th was due to running out of funds though there were other factors. I just hope that a similar situation does not befall ST RD 37 where only half of the overhaul gets built.

  4. It's so great to see a country founded on freedom uphold the freedom for all people to work and patronize a public venue without risking their health! People do not go to bars to smoke, they can take it outside.

  5. So, Hurko, mass transit has not proven itself in Indy so we should build incredibly expensive train lines? How would that fix the lack of demand? And as far as those double decker buses to bus people in from suburbs, we can't fill up a regular sized buses now and have had to cancel lines and greatly subsidize others. No need for double decker buses there.