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.

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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. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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