WISH-TV news director joins Calamari-WEB ONLY

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WISH-TV Channel 8 News Director Kevin Finch announced this morning that he is leaving the station to take a position with Calamari Productions LLC, a video production house with offices in Indianapolis, New York and Austin, Texas.

Finch, a veteran of the local TV news business, has been with WISH for six years, including the last 2-1/2 years as news director.

“I’m doing cartwheels that Kevin finally joined the team,” Calamari founder and CEO Karen Grau said.

The move marks the professional reunion of Finch and Grau. They served as co-executive producers of the documentary and TV news series “In the Child’s Best Interest.” The program aired on WTHR-TV Channel 13 and WFYI-TV Channel 20 in 2000 and earned a national Edward R. Murrow Award, a national Emmy nomination and a several other national and regional awards.

Since then, Calamari Productions, which was founded in 1998, has continued coverage of children’s welfare issues, with documentaries airing on NBC, MSNBC and Court TV, among others. The political documentary “Washington Wives” was produced by Calamari and aired on A&E.

Calamari’s next project, which Grau calls the company’s biggest, is a feature-length documentary that is a cumulative study of American children in crisis.

“There is no one I trust more than Kevin to help produce this illuminating film,” Grau said. “It is the work of a lifetime.”

Finch worked for several radio and television stations in Kentucky and Illinois before coming to Indianapolis in 1990. He spent 13 years as a producer, investigative producer, reporter and executive producer of special projects at WTHR before moving to WISH.

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