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

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.

Yes, the NCAA is a powerhouse, but it’s vulnerable

May 3, 2014
If the NCAA were a public company, investors would be fretting about the risks—most notably the thicket of litigation that could upend the definition of amateurism and pave the way for athletes to get paid.

Kokomo, like Indy, trying to sway suburbanites to move in

April 12, 2014
The mayors of Indy and Kokomo in late February gave remarkably similar state-of-the-city addresses, both focusing on the need to make their communities more desirable as places to live, not just do business.

CIB chief: $160M Pacers deal won't require tax hike

April 11, 2014
CIB President Ann Lathrop said Friday that debt refinancings at low interest rates have freed up money to fund capital projects at the 14-year-old Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now