WISH-TV says farewell to political reporter Jim Shella

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Friday, 24-Hour News 8’s Jim Shella will celebrate over 30 years of working in politics. All day WISH-TV is saying farewell to a true fixture in Indiana Journalism.

All day, we are taking a look at Shella’s distinguished career covering all aspects of politics. Shella has been covering Indiana politics longer than any other television reporter in the state.

Before coming to WISH-TV in 1982, Jim worked as a reporter for WOTV (WOOD) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He began his career at WMT (KGAN) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A native of Jasper, Minnesota, Shella attended St. Cloud State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications.

Shella has been twice honored with the “Sagamore of the Wabash,” by two different Indiana Governors. He is also a recipient of the “Larry Conrad Award” from the Indianapolis Press Club, as well as numerous Associated Press, UPI, and Society of Professional Journalists awards.

Check back inside this story for several video tributes to his career.