The last episode of IN Focus aired August 2013; the page below is an archive.

The WFIU/WTIU news team continues its coverage of local and regional issues
in a new weekly program, Indiana Newsdesk.

About

InFocus is a 30-minute monthly production airing on WTIU and WFIU. Each show includes a panel of experts discussing the proposed topic of the month. The focus of this program is to highlight issues or concerns in the state.

Each show’s topic is carefully selected to provide useful information to the community on upcoming policies and important events. The show allows opportunity for in-depth discussion of topics such as the economy, education, and diversity. The show explores the complexities of various issues and possible solutions.

About the Hosts

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Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has nearly a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served as Assistant News Director at KBIA at the University of Missouri, where she directed a large number of student reporters, formed a strong relationship with NPR News, and managed a multi-platform approach to news gathering. She was also on the faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism. Prior to KBIA, Sara worked at WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at the ABC affiliate WCPO Channel 9 News in Cincinnati.

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Stan Jastrzebski

Stan Jastrzebski came to WFIU in June of 2008, following time as a reporter with WGN in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the Radio-Television News Director’s Association, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He also regularly hosts WFIU’s Ask the Mayor and Noon Edition programs.

Production Staff

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Gretchen Frazee – Producer

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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Jay Kincaid – Director

Jay Kincaid has worked in television for twenty-seven years. He is currently Senior Producer/Director at Indiana University s WTIU. Jay has won ten Emmy s for his work on Olympics coverage for NBC, and a Midwest Regional Emmy for directing WTIU s The Friday Zone. His directing credits include NBA Inside Stuff airing on ABC/ESPN, Inside Edition for KingWorld Productions, and seventeen years at NBA Entertainment. He was also the Senior Director at CNBC for seven years. Jay graduated from Indiana University in 1982.

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Jason Pear – Assistant Director

Jason attended Indiana University obtaining a degree in Telecommunications. Currently, he is the Chief Videographer/Editor for WTIU. He works with many corporate clients by implementing various projects.

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Michael Nice – Technical Director

Attended Vincennes University from 2004-2006 and received an A.S. degree in Broadcasting. Then in 2006 I came to IU and graduated with a B.A. Degree in Telecommunications.
Michael began working at WTIU in January 2007, and has also done freelance work for ESPN, Fox Sports Indiana, Indiana Pacers, and the Big Ten Network.

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Bill Shaw – Videographer

Bill Shaw is an 1985 IU grad with B. A. in Telecomm and a minor in History. He started his career at IU with IU’s GROUPS program. Bill has over 20 years of experience in video production, having worked for WISE-TV NBC Fort Wayne in promotions, The Production Studio in Fort Wayne as a Video Production Specialist, Asst. Producer of AGDAY TV a nationally syndicated TV program and Markeys AV in Fort Wayne as a Producer/Editor. Some high points of career: Covering Farm Aid in the 1990′s, ALCS Baseball game between Toronto and Chicago White Sox and the Obama inauguration in 2009. Bill enjoys covering news in the south central Indiana area because it is so hilly and interesting. Bill is active in the local soccer community and refs amateur and High School games. He has a Toy Rat Terrier named Bosco Tarzan that keeps him pretty busy. Bill likes chocolate chip cookies and tequila. He also cuts his own hair.

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Mike Gray – Gaffer

Mike Gray is the Lighting & Staging Manager at Indiana University Radio & TV Services. He graduated from Indiana University in 2007 with a degree in Telecommunications.

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Scott Carmichael – Graphic Design

Scott is the Motion Graphics Artist and DVD Specialist for the WTIU. He designs, creates and animates all the on-air graphics for WTIU’s local productions.  He started working at WTIU starting as a student in 1990.  He also teaches computer graphics and animation for the IU Dept. of Telecommunications.

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Rob Anderson – Director of Education and Production Services

Rob Anderson has been a television and event producer and director for over 20 years. For Indiana University Radio/Televisions Services, Rob assists clients on a wide range of projects, from live event production to live athletic event video board production to corporate communication videos. Clients include the Athletic Department, Office of the President, IU Foundation, Office of the Trustees, and Ivy Tech Community College. In his spare time, Rob is a volunteer with the Birch Family Camp, serving families living with HIV and AIDS. Rob resides with his wife Jennie and yellow lab Cisco, in Bloomington, Indiana.

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John Wright – Engineer in Charge

John Wright diligently worked with computers and the IT infrastructure for six years before starting with Indiana University Radio Television Services in 1999. With the convergence of computers and broadcasting equipment John’s duties have expanded from a traditional computer support role to include broadcast engineering. John’s current duties include computer and user support of standard business and specialized broadcasting applications, management of servers for Radio TV’s online presence, planning, and installation of television production, as well as, broadcasting systems, operation, and supervision of television production equipment.

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Eoban Binder – Web Producer

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eoban Binder came to Bloomington in 2004 to get his Telecommunications B.A. from Indiana University. He began working at WFIU in 2008 as Web Producer for the station itself and for Voices and Visions: Islam and Muslims from a Global Perspective. Eoban’s interests include music of all kinds, mopeds, technology, politics and traveling.

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Eric Garabrant – Production Manager

Originally from Brownsburg Indiana, Eric is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Stage Technology. He came to IU Radio TV in 2003 as the Lighting and Staging Director and took over the role of Production Manager in 2008. Eric spends much of his time planning/producing many of the events for IU RTVS and their clients. His responsibilities also include scheduling equipment and staff for all projects as well as tracking project budgets, and generally trying to stay one step ahead of everyone else at WTIU/WFIU.

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Phil Meyer – WTIU Station Manager

Phil Meyer began his career in public broadcasting as a college student in the design department at WGBH in Boston. After receiving his B.S. in Graphic Design and M.B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati with honors, Phil managed the marketing and membership departments at the PBS station in Cincinnati.

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Perry Metz – Executive Producer

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Perry Metz has been executive director of Radio/TV Services since 2003. Before that, he spent more than 20 years in the IU administration in a variety of positions, most recently as associate vice president of the Bloomington campus. Perry also holds an appointment as adjunct associate professor of journalism. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of IU with a bachelor s in political science and journalism and a master’s in communication management. As general manager of WFIU and WTIU, Perry has led the team s effort to fund and implement high definition TV broadcasting, hybrid digital radio, and the expansion of communications partnerships with many of the university s academic units. In addition, he has served several terms as chair of the Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations. He is married and has one daughter. Hobbies include traveling, working out, and trying to stay abreast of changing technology.