MasonKing

News Editor/Multimedia Producer

Mason is on his second tour of duty with IBJ, having served as its real estate reporter from 1996 to 1999. Over 20-some years working for newspapers and magazines across the Midwest, he has covered most beats on the typical masthead, including business, sports, city government, arts, consumer issues and general assignment.

An alumnus of Broad Ripple High School, Mason continues a grand tradition of IBJ staffers educated in Indianapolis public schools. After graduating from Columbia University, he stumbled into print journalism, thanks to a Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship at The Indianapolis Star. Among his favorite gigs were arts editor for the Daily Journal-World in Lawrence, Kan., and managing editor of Billiards Digest magazine, for which he spanned the globe covering world champions and poolroom hustlers. During his six-year tenure, BD was cited three times by the anthology “The Best American Sports Writing.”

Thanks to its unusually trusting head honchos, Mason returned to IBJ in 2009 to captain its nascent multimedia efforts. Over three years, he created 600-plus video segments for IBJ.com, and was recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) and the Alliance of Area Business Publications (AABP). He has since added the mantle of news editor, which isn’t as lofty as it sounds.

Phone: (317) 472-5371

Recent Articles

Duke plans $1.9B in upgrades, seeks rate hike

August 29, 2014
The electric utility said Friday that its customers would see a gradual rate increase over seven years for the project, designed to reduce power outages and provide high-tech meters.
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Customer service firm plans to hire 1,000 workers

August 27, 2014
The new part-time and full-time jobs will pay in a range of $12 to $18 per hour, according to Boston-based Interactions Corp.
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Struggling Angie's List lays off 97 salespeople

August 22, 2014
The consumer-review firm told federal regulators Friday that the move was "part of a focus on improving salesforce performance and productivity."
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EMS service to lay off 361 workers in central Indiana

August 21, 2014
Rural/Metro Corp. says the changing health care landscape and the challenges of covering rural communities are forcing it to end its area ambulance services. It's also closing a billing operations center in Indianapolis.
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ITT Educational CEO signals resignation amid stock freefall, federal scrutiny

August 4, 2014
Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc. announced late Monday afternoon that CEO Kevin Modany planned to resign within six months. The struggling for-profit education firm has drawn scrutiny from government officials for its marketing and lending practices.
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State eyes downtown site for $17M archives project

August 4, 2014
Officials want developers to submit plans for a site on the American Legion Mall, including an existing historic building and a 36,000-square-foot addition.
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UPDATE: Lowe's to invest $20.5M in customer-service center

July 22, 2014
The home-improvement retail titan plans to begin hiring immediately for the center on the northeast side, pledging to employ as many as 1,000 workers making wages of $10 to $14 per hour.
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Kite Realty to engineer 1-for-4 reverse stock split

July 22, 2014
The move will hike the real estate firm's stock price, combining every four shares into a single share. Kite officials hope a double-digit price will give shares a more stable foundation and an image makeover.
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Convenience stores remount challenge to cold-beer laws

July 15, 2014
Convenience stores in Indiana are appealing a decision from a federal judge in June that continued to prohibit them from selling cold beer.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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