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WISH-TV to hire Indiana’s only reporter dedicated to full-time medical journalism

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Randy Ingram, Vice President and General Manager of WISH-TV announced Friday that the station has begun a nationwide search to hire Indiana’s only television health reporter dedicated full-time to medical journalism.

“As an individual or a whole community, health is our most important asset,” said Ingram.  “Providing thorough medical news and information is the best way, as a television station, we can help our viewers maintain or improve their health and well-being. Our new dedicated health reporter will provide viewers easy access to daily medical-related news, information, and knowledge, within our newscasts, original programming, and on WISHTV.com.”

WISH-TV produces 75 hours per week of news and original programming, more than any other television station in Indiana. The News 8 medical reports, featured throughout WISH-TV programming, will promote healthy lifestyles and improve overall health literacy in Indiana. News 8’s health reporter will cover all areas of physical, mental, emotional, and social health including, but not limited to; breaking health news, personal healthcare, nutrition, fitness, weight management, stress management, public and community health, medical research, drugs and disease, health policy, the healthcare industry, and the business of health.

WISH-TV, one of the highest rated news organizations in Indiana, was recently acquired by Circle City Broadcasting, owned by Indianapolis native DuJuan McCoy. 

“As a locally owned and operated company, our commitment is to help make both the community we live in and economy we work in healthier,” said DuJuan McCoy, Owner, President, and CEO of Circle City Broadcasting.  “Our goal as the only station with this level of dedicated medical reporting, is to help improve the health quality of life of our viewers, their families, and our community.  This coverage is also important to the tens of thousands of Hoosiers working in one of the many health-related fields, and one our state’s top industries.”

Indiana is home to more than 1,700 health-related companies and over 100 hospitals. Both diverse and highly specialized, Indiana ranks among the top states in the country for health and life sciences, especially in the areas of Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diagnostics and Analytical Instrumentation, and Neuroscience and Neurodegenerative Disease. Indiana is also a leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Earlier this month, WISH-TV announced the addition of Indiana’s first multicultural reporter to give a voice to communities, traditions and issues not being covered by other Indiana television stations.  News 8’s multicultural reporter will share previously untold stories of the many distinct cultures and ethnic groups who make up Indiana’s ever-growing, diverse population.

These two specialized News 8 reporters, along with others to be announced soon are part of an unprecedented WISH-TV coverage expansion being rolled out over the next several months by the station’s new local ownership, Circle City Broadcasting.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by sending their resume to jobs@circlecitybroadcasting.com.  More information is available at WISHTV.com/Work-For-Us/.

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2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.

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