Investigative reporter Sandra Chapman is leaving WTHR-TV Channel 13 after 17 years at the station and 34 years in local news.
Chapman announced the news on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, saying that it’s “now my choice to pursue other dreams and goals.” The station announced the change during the evening news.
Anchor Anne Marie Tiernon called Chapman “very passionate” and someone who “treated everyone with grace and respect.”
Chapman has not announced what she’s doing next, telling followers on Twitter to “stay tuned.”
Chapman joined WTHR in 2003 and has won awards for her investigations of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, identify theft, environmental contamination and cases of childhood cancer in Franklin. The latter won Chapman a regional Emmy Award in 2016 for best investigative series.
In an interview Thursday night with WTHR’s Scott Swan, Chapman said the Franklin story is one of her most significant.
“Those mothers and fathers wanted answers desperately and no one was listening to them,” she said. “They knew something was going on and they didn’t know how to get to it. I was able to start that ball rolling and uncover the contamination they knew nothing about.”
Chapman was also part of the investigative reporting team that won a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for a series called “Dangerous Exposure” that accused state environmental regulators of lax enforcement that allowed contaminants to spread into neighborhoods.
A native of Fort Wayne, Chapman is also a two-time recipient of the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Award. She came to WTHR after working 10 years as WISH-TV Channel 8, where she was an investigative reporter and weekend anchor.
It’s the latest change for the local NBC affiliate that has seen the departure of a number of on-air personalities recently.
Matt McCutcheon, a reporter and anchor for WTHR-TV since 2013, said this month that he had retired from the news industry and was taking a corporate communications gig.
Alyssa Raymond, a weekend anchor and weekday reporter, left the station in October to take a job in her hometown of Pittsburgh. And Ben Hill, who co-anchored WTHR’s morning weekday news since 2016, departed in September for an anchor job in Nashville, Tennessee.
WTHR this month introduced Jalea Brooks as a weekend morning anchor and weekday morning reporter.