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


WEIDENBENER: Lawmaker’s bill aims to eradicate food deserts

Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, has modeled his legislation after a program in Pennsylvania that, over a decade, funded 93 projects that are providing more than 400,000 people with access to healthier food. However, Pennsylvania committed $30 million to the project and private investors offered another $145 million. The Indiana proposal would only earmark $1 million to the effort.

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Bosma backs proposal to require pseudoephedrine prescription

Bosma’s support could give the proposal its first real life in the General Assembly, which has for years eschewed prescription proposals in favor of laws that require pharmacies to track the people who purchase drugs containing pseudoephedrine, one of the ingredients that can be used to make meth.

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