The new owner of WISH-TV Channel 8 announced Monday that the station plans to hire its first reporter dedicated exclusively to covering local multicultural issues as part of a larger plan by the station to expand news coverage.
DuJuan McCoy, owner, president, and CEO of Circle City Broadcasting, in April announced his firm’s plan to buy WISH-TV from Nexstar Media Group for $42.5 million. That deal has since closed.
WISH said it has begun a national search to hire a multicultural reporter who will focus on “news and issues of concern to women, millennials, Hispanics and Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, Native Americans, and the LGBTQ community.”
“Our new reporter will share previously untold stories of the many distinct cultures and ethnic groups who make up our ever-growing, diverse community,” WISH-TV General Manager Randy Ingram said in a written remarks. “This dedicated focus to multicultural reporting will give a voice to the communities, traditions, and issues currently not being covered by other Indiana television stations,”
WISH said the hiring will be part of “an unprecedented news coverage expansion initiative being rolled out over the next several months,” but declined to provide more information about the plans.
McCoy told IBJ last week he has big plans to expand the station’s news coverage but was not yet ready to divulge the details.