Heikens writes about manufacturing and entrepreneurship and edits Focus coverage at IBJ as well as the opinion and editorial pages. He also moderates the opinion website INforefront.com. He’s in his second tour of duty at IBJ, having reported on the economy at The Indianapolis Star from 1998 to 2006. A native of Iowa, he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a major in journalism, and was a reporter in Illinois and taught English in Japan. He lives near Franklin with his wife, son and hooligan dogs, and enjoys hiking.