Marissa Meador

Marissa Meador

Marissa studies political science and journalism at IU and has worked at the Indiana Daily Student as a news editor and reporter. At the IDS, she's covered city government and breaking news.

Statehouse postman Jose Webb reflects on three decades of service

By: - May 25, 2023

One letter at a time, Jose Webb has been delivering mail to Indiana legislators and staff for nearly three decades — always with a smile. His official title is postmaster for the House of Representatives, and he’ll serve his final day on the job Thursday.  Amid the flurries of new legislation, partisan divisions and rapid […]


U.S. Department of Energy helicopter measures radiation in advance of Indianapolis 500

By: - May 24, 2023

If you see a low-flying object in the sky near Speedway this week, know it’s not a bird, plane or Superman — it’s actually a U.S. Department of Energy helicopter monitoring radiation in preparation for the Indianapolis 500.  The department’s National Nuclear Security Administration is conducting the helicopter flights to measure background radiation. It’s a […]

Work begins on archeological sites, historic preservation with help of federal grants

By: - May 22, 2023

Indiana will begin work on a dozen archaeology and historic preservation projects across the state this summer after receiving a grant from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund Program.  The projects will span 14 counties, including archaeological surveys at the Harrison-Crawford State Forest, the Limberlost Swamp Conservation Area and Trine State Recreation Area.  The […]


Federal policy jumpstarts carbon emission reduction in Indiana

By: - May 18, 2023

The Indiana Department of Transportation will work toward net-zero carbon emissions by encouraging electric vehicle use and increasing fuel efficiency, thanks to an expected $156 million in federal funds. INDOT’s carbon reduction strategy was designed according to federal legislation — the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law — which was passed and enacted in 2021. The law requires […]

Box reflects on pandemic, health disparities as she departs state health commissioner role

By: - May 12, 2023

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box took a retirement lap Friday, announcing her departure and saying she has no regrets about the state’s response to COVID-19 or vaccine rollout. Box guided Hoosiers through the pandemic, featuring in near-daily press conferences for months. She will retire at the end of the month after nearly six years […]

Indiana education secretary talks reading improvements, school library restrictions

By: - May 10, 2023

Secretary of Education Katie Jenner on Tuesday praised increased funding to improve reading outcomes as a result of legislative efforts but acknowledged the good news comes alongside a potentially greater push by parents to remove materials from school libraries.  At the Indiana Libraries and Literacy Symposium at IUPUI on Tuesday, Jenner admitted that some may not […]

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site to hold dedication ceremony May 18

By: - May 9, 2023

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, a tribute to the 23rd president of the United States, has completed $6 million worth of renovations and will hold a dedication ceremony May 18 at 3:30 p.m.  The ceremony will feature speakers such as First Lady Janet Holcomb and Indianapolis City Council President Vop Osili.  The site includes Harrison’s […]

Indiana’s My Healthy Baby Program now available statewide

By: - May 8, 2023

Indiana has completed its statewide rollout of its My Healthy Baby Program, which aims to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies, after launching the program in January 2020.   The program connects people enrolled in Medicaid with a family support provider that can answer questions, direct people to resources and provide access to free items […]