Indianapolis, IN – February 4, 2014 – WISH-TV’s News Director Steve Bray has announced yet another I-Team 8 expansion, making the station’s investigative news team Indiana’s largest. WISH-TV, the long-time leader in investigative reporting, doubles the size of its I-Team and its ability to deliver investigations that impact viewers’ lives year-round.
“I-Team 8 has a long history of getting results, alerting viewers to issues impacting their family and uncovering information needed to keep them safe,” said Steve Bray. “We have a 52-week commitment to this to in-depth, detailed-style, investigative journalism. It’s not only a strategy for our long term projects, but part of our daily editorial and content decisions.”
As part of the expansion, Bray named award-winning Karen Hensel Chief Investigative Reporter and added three new award-winning investigators, including reporter Bennett Haeberle, Doug Moon and photojournalist/editor Brett Bensley. Hensel, Haeberle, Moon and Bensley, along with veteran investigative reporter Troy Kehoe and Executive Producer Loni Blandford make up WISH-TV’s I-Team 8.
Chief Investigative Reporter Karen Hensel has been leading WISH-TV investigations for more than a decade. Her investigations and stories have spanned across the state and around the globe. While traveling with U.S. troops in Iraq, Hensel’s investigation into traumatic brain injuries caused by the blast impact of roadside bombs, led to a national safety changes in military helmet padding. Right here at home, her investigation into arsenic-tainted wood used to build decks and playgrounds prompted national legislation to keep families safer. Hensel’s bullying investigation went undercover to school playgrounds across Central Indiana and brought about statewide changes to protect children with a new bullying law. Hensel has received numerous awards for her outstanding journalism including six Gracie Awards; five EMMY awards; two Peabody awards; the first Robert Wood Johnson Medical Peabody, a national Edward R. Murrow; several Regional Edward R. Murrow, Scripps Howard, Gabriel and Iris Awards; and more than a dozen honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and Associated Press, including “Reporter of the Year.”
Investigative Reporter Troy Kehoe has been a member of WISH-TV’s I-Team 8 since 2010. He previously worked at WSBT-TV in South Bend, IN where his investigative work was first recognized and honored by the Associated Press. Before moving to the Hoosier state, he worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at WREX-TV in Rockford, IL. Kehoe’s degrees in broadcast journalism and political science are from Bradley University. He also attended American Intercontinental University in London, England, where he held an internship at NBC News’ London Bureau.
Investigative Reporter Bennett Haeberle is an Indiana University graduate and comes to WISH-TV from WDRB in Louisville, KY. Previously, he worked at WTVQ in Lexington, KY. Haeberle brings a news journalism background ranging from anchoring and reporting to producing, photojournalism and assignment management. His work has been honored with numerous awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalism and the EMMYs.
Producer Doug Moon brings 15 years of excellence in visual storytelling to I-Team 8. During his nine years with WISH-TV, he has collaborated on numerous I-Team 8 investigations in his role as media producer and photojournalist. Moon’s broadcast career began at WIPB-TV in Muncie, as a student at Ball State University, before network television took him around the world covering motorsports, including the Indianapolis 500, Dakar Rally, and Formula One.
Photojournalist Brett Bensley joined WISH-TV five years ago as a photojournalist and editor. His videography work has honored both regionally and locally with several EMMY and Society of Professional Journalist awards, an IBA Spectrum and Edward R. Murrow award. Prior to joining WISH-TV, Bensley worked for WNDU in South Bend, IN as a production assistant and photojournalist. He is an Indiana University telecommunications graduate.
Executive Producer Loni Blandford leads the charge on investigating issues important to Hoosiers. Prior to joining WISH-TV in November 2013, Blandford worked at KTNV, in Las Vegas. While there, her leadership played a crucial role in the success of several station franchises, including head of the Special Projects team and producer of the station’s website. Before moving to Las Vegas, Blandford produced morning news at WKRN, in Nashville, TN and at WNCT, in Greenville, NC. Originally from Western New York, she is a graduate of Buffalo State, in Buffalo, NY.
For decades, WISH-TV’s I-Team 8 has been known for investigations that get results, changing people’s lives, as well as changing laws. As a result, I-Team 8 has been honored with many distinguished national and local investigative awards including; Peabody, Edward R. Murrow, EMMY and Gracie Awards, as well as numerous awards from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists.