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 later was 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. Andrews and his wife, Kathleen, have a son in college and another living in Colorado. They live in the Nora area with their two dogs.
City government, economic development, workforce development, education
Colombo grew up in the Chicago suburbs before moving to Indianapolis to attend Butler University. She graduated from Butler in 2012 with degrees in journalism and political science before spending two years covering business and higher education at the Lafayette Journal & Courier and a year covering Indianapolis Public Schools for the not-for-profit news site Chalkbeat Indiana. Colombo joined IBJ in 2015 as a reporter, where she has covered multiple elections, held politicians accountable when they passed a law creating a monopoly, uncovered suspect spending of tax dollars in public schools, and explored challenges facing the city.
Colombo is also a member of the board of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Indiana chapter. Beyond journalism, Colombo’s passions include the First Amendment, her elderly Cairn Terrier named Tilly, cooking and watching copious amounts of HGTV. Her life goal is to travel to all 50 states—she’s just a little more than halfway there.
Reporter, The Rundown newsletter author
State government, politics, philanthropy
Erdody joined IBJ in February 2015 and spent three years on the North of 96th beat, covering new and ongoing developments in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis. In early 2018, she switched gears to cover state government and politics. She also writes about philanthropy for IBJ.
Since graduating from the Indiana University School of Journalism in May 2012, the Michigan native has spent time at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, The State Journal in Frankfort, Kentucky, and The Herald-Times in Bloomington. Even when she hasn’t been covering politics, she always had an interest in it. Election season can be crazy, but she loves reporting on campaigns and on Election Day (although it may have something to do with the fact that there’s always pizza in the newsroom).
Erdody still proudly cheers for the Detroit Lions, but she is a dedicated IU basketball fan. She enjoys running (she’s still surprised she ran a marathon once), playing tennis and traveling in her time off.
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 is also a freelance writer and is active in several community organizations.
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 30 years working for newspapers and magazines across the country, he has covered most beats on the typical masthead, including business, sports, city government, arts, and consumer issues.
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, Kansas, and managing editor of Billiards Digest magazine, for which he spanned the globe covering poolroom hustlers and world champions. 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 his work was recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) and the Alliance of Area Business Publications (AABP). In 2013, he added the mantle of news editor (which isn’t as lofty or authoritative as it sounds) and launched IBJ's morning e-newsletter, Eight@8, as its eponymous author and news curator. Eight@8 received the 2017 Gold Medal for Best Daily Email from AABP.
Newman has covered the Indianapolis business community as an editor and reporter for 26 years, including the past 23 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.
Reporter, The Score newsletter and blog author
Real estate, tourism, business of sports
Olson covers real estate, as well as sports and tourism. He joined IBJ in 1999 after spending three years at IBJ’s sister publication, Indiana Lawyer. Olson 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 he reported news from nearby towns by traipsing through the hinterlands of southeastern Indiana. In his spare time, Olson enjoys reading history books, riding bicycles, running and—most importantly—watching baseball and cheering on the Chicago White Sox. He lives in Zionsville with his wife. They have two college-aged daughters, along with a cat and two spoiled Chihuahuas.
Reporter, Property Lines newsletter and blog author
Retail, banking and finance, manufacturing, transportation
Orr joined IBJ in 2016. She’s been a full-time reporter since 1995 and worked at four newspapers in three states, covering business (among other beats) for some portion of all of those jobs. She spent 10 years at the Evansville Courier & Press, where one of her most memorable experiences was covering the 2011 failure of Integra Bank and its subsequent takeover by Old National Bank. Before moving to the Midwest, Orr worked in South Carolina and North Carolina. She grew up in Florida, has seen both gators and manatees in the wild, and in younger years visited Orlando’s theme parks too many times to count. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, cooking and travel.
Reporter, North of 96th newsletter and blog author
Hamilton and Boone counties
Quinn grew up in Northwest Indiana and graduated from Franklin College in 2013, opting then to make central Indiana her home. She was a reporter for papers in Portland and Greenfield before landing a job at IBJ in 2018. She’s covered everything from the cops beat to city and county government in communities east of Indianapolis and is thrilled to be working in the northern suburbs. When she’s not writing, Quinn enjoys watching crime shows, visiting coffee shops and daydreaming about moving to a farm and raising goats. She lives in Hancock County with her husband, Spencer.
Reporter, Health Care Weekly author, The Dose author
Health care, utilities, environment
Russell joined IBJ in 2016, and spends his days looking for interesting stories on health care and life sciences. He previously worked at the Chicago Tribune and The Indianapolis Star. He has won more than 50 national and statewide awards in the past decade. He is president of the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking trails, growing wildflowers and reading biographies. He has run 10 marathons and 22 half-marathons. On his birthday, his wife gives him a half-pound of blue cheese.
Reporter, #IBJtech newsletter author
Technology, venture capital, media and marketing
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 and government reporter. Beyond writing, Schoettle’s passions include animals and wildlife, watching all manner of television and long-distance cycling and running. 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, three salty dogs and three sweet 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.
Weidenbener joined IBJ in 2015 after more than 20 years covering politics and government at the Indiana Statehouse for The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, and TheStatehouseFile.com, where she taught a staff of Franklin College students how to be journalists. She covered five governors, more than two dozen legislative sessions and special sessions, and countless political campaigns. In addition to writing, Weidenbener enjoys shooting photos and editing video and sound and likes to think of herself as a little crafty, especially when it comes to reupholstering a chair. She lives in the Garfield Park area of Indianapolis with her handy husband, Jeff, and her dog-like cat, Simba.