Weidenbener joined IBJ in 2015 as managing editor after more than 20 years covering politics and government for several news organizations. She was promoted to editor in January 2021 and oversees a staff of 18 reporters, editors, designers and researchers. She writes a column every other week.

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 is a native of Vincennes but has lived in the Garfield Park area of Indianapolis since late 1995.

Family: Husband, Jeff; cats, Simba & Twitch 

Go-to drink: Diet Mountain Dew

Favorite movies: Apollo 13 and Shawshank Redemption

First job: Pulling clay pigeons for trap shooting


Lesley Weidenbener: My love letter to basketball

My dad loved basketball. The team he played on at tiny Gill Township High School in Sullivan County won the sectional in 1955, an achievement memorialized with a plaque and trophy displayed at the Merom Community Center. And basketball became a key part of our family’s life.

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Made in Indiana: Craft leather by Silver Creek Leather Co.

History: Greg Sartor had been working at Caldwell/Moser Tannery in New Albany for about two years when, in 2002, the company closed after some 125 years in business. Sartor had been overseeing the leather lace part of the business—making shoelaces for major retailers, including Timberland, Rockport and Sperry. When the company closed, he purchased some […]

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