Behind the News columnist
A native of Kentucky, Andrews has worked at Hoosier newspapers since graduating from Indiana University in 1987. He covered education at the Journal and Courier in Lafayette before joining IBJ in 1991. He left in 1995 to serve as Statehouse reporter for the Evansville Courier and later served as a business reporter and the business editor of The Indianapolis Star. He’s been writing his Behind the News column for IBJ since rejoining the newspaper in 2000. Outside of work, Andrews enjoys bicycling, basketball and reading. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Indianapolis and have two sons.
Technology, banking, finance
Council joined IBJ in September 2014. A graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, Council began his reporting career in 2010 at the Evansville Courier & Press. Prior to IBJ, he spent about two years at Inside Business in Norfolk, Va., where he won a Virginia Press Association investigative reporting award for a story on the infighting behind the ouster of Norfolk State University's president. The Philadelphia native lives in Indianapolis with his wife. He'll root for the Colts as long as they're not playing the Eagles.
Arts & Entertainment editor
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Arts blog moderator
Harry joined IBJ in 2006, having previously served as editor-in-chief of Indy Men’s Magazine and, prior to that, senior editor of Indianapolis Monthly. A native of Wildwood, N.J., Harry has written for more than 50 publications including Variety, InTheatre, TheatreWeek, Dramatics and Mental Floss. His 30 published books include The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures, Kid Culture, Creative Block, and The High-Impact Infidelity Diet: A Novel. The latter, co-written with Eric Pfeffinger, has been translated into Russian and Portuguese and optioned by Warner Bros. He once took a pie in the face from Soupy Sales. A playwright and former professional stand-up comic, Harry is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and has hosted events for Indy Reads, Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
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Harton joined IBJ in 1984, fresh out of Indiana University’s School of Journalism. He covered banking, real estate and the business of sports before becoming associate editor in 1988. He became managing editor the following year and editor in 1990, serving in that position until 2013. Over the years, Harton’s short stories about Indianapolis real estate have been published in The New York Times and he has won statewide and national awards for his IBJ editorials and columns. Harton lives downtown in a house that he restored and is active in the Chatham Arch Neighborhood Association.
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.
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Construction, design, engineering
Newman has covered the Indianapolis business community as an editor or reporter for 21 years, including the past 18 at IBJ. He joined the newspaper in 1995 as a real estate reporter, became editor of IBJ’s Focus section a year later and served the next 13 years in that position. He became Daily Editor at the beginning of 2009. Prior to IBJ, he had a three-year stint as an editor and writer at the now-defunct Indianapolis C.E.O. magazine. A graduate of Ball State University, Newman spent the first six years of his journalism career as a sports writer and editor at several Indiana newspapers, including the Michigan City News-Dispatch, the Whitley County Post & Mail and the Muncie Evening Press. He lives in Fishers with his wife and two of their four children. An avid sports fan, Newman has spent every year since 1972 believing this is finally the Cubs’ year.
Real estate, retail, legal issues
Real estate blog moderator
Olson became real estate reporter in March 2013 after spending four years as online reporter for IBJ Daily. He joined IBJ in 1999 and spent three years previously at IBJ sister publication Indiana Lawyer. Scott is an Illinois native and graduate of Western Illinois University—home of the mighty Leathernecks. He spent nearly four years at a small Illinois daily newspaper before joining The Republic in Columbus, Ind., in 1994. There, he covered the “courts and cops” beat, and reported news from nearby towns by traipsing through the hinterlands of southeastern Indiana.
In his spare time, Scott enjoys reading history books, riding bicycles, running and—most importantly—watching baseball and cheering on the Chicago White Sox. Scott also serves on the Zionsville West Middle School PTO Board. He lives in Zionsville with his wife and two daughters, along with two cats and a spoiled Chihuahua.
Sports business, tourism, manufacturing
The Score Sports-business blog moderator
Schoettle grew up in Indianapolis, graduating from Southport High School and Indiana University. He then departed on a tour of middle Indiana, reporting for papers in Greenwood, Frankfort, Columbus and Franklin before landing at IBJ in 1998. At his previous jobs, he spent a decade as a political/government reporter. Beyond writing, Schoettle’s passions include animals and wildlife, watching all manner of television and long-distance cycling. Though he put away his trumpet many years ago, he remains an avid music fan. Schoettle shares his home in Southport with his wife, Elizabeth, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis and two cats. Preferring to live in a “park-like setting,” one of his primary goals each spring and summer is to see how seldom he can mow his front lawn.
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