Karen Hensel

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; 12 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.”

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