Niki Kelly

Niki Kelly

Niki has covered the Indiana Statehouse since 1999 – including five governors. She has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and Hoosier State Press Association for stories on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, criminal justice issues and more. She also is a regular on Indiana Week in Review, a weekly public television rundown of news. She shifts her career to helm a staff of three and ensure Hoosiers know what’s really happening on the state level.

Voting rights stripped from some Hoosiers in bill

By: - January 25, 2023

Hoosiers convicted of felony vote fraud offenses wouldn’t be able to cast a ballot for 10 years under a bill passed 6-4 by the House Elections Committee Wednesday. The legislation was amended so that misdemeanor offenses wouldn’t count — only felonies. But Democrats tried to remove the suffrage language altogether, with Republicans defending it. “Once […]


IEDC is spending more and more Hoosier dollars to bring jobs here

By: - January 20, 2023

I was sitting at home watching a basketball game over the holiday break when my head perked up: I heard Roger Penske’s voice on the television. What was first idle curiosity grew when I realized he was narrating a minute-long ad for the IEDC on national television. Called “The Winners,” the glitzy ad is full […]


Banks makes U.S. Senate run official

By: - January 17, 2023

Northeast Indiana Congressman Jim Banks jumped into the 2024 race for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday — becoming the first candidate in what is expected to be a crowded Republican field. The conservative rabble-rouser is known for his fiery tweets and has served the Third District in the U.S. House since 2017. He just began […]


Child abuse and neglect deaths deserve more light, attention

By: - January 13, 2023

At 4:30 p.m. on Friday Dec. 30 — days after a Christmas holiday and days before New Year’s — the Indiana Department of Child Services dropped its annual report of child abuse and neglect fatalities. Sixty Hoosier children died at the hands of their mother, father, parents’ significant other or caregiver in 2021. That was […]


Kudos to *most* of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s budget priorities

By: - January 6, 2023

Some of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s budget priorities will no doubt be controversial — especially to conservatives who focus solely on tax cuts and never see a reason to increase government spending. But he should get credit for recognizing some long-known needs, as well as acknowledging the state is at a tipping point for other necessary […]


Lawmakers need to do more listening in 2023

By: - December 23, 2022

My Christmas wish is pretty simple: I would like lawmakers to listen to what Hoosiers want. ALL Hoosiers, not just the loudest slice of their Republican constituents. Poll after poll and survey after survey shows what Indiana residents are worried about, and what they aren’t. Bellwether Research’s latest poll in early December surveyed 1,100 Hoosiers […]


From Amboy to the Statehouse: Kenworthy added to Indiana Court of Appeals

By: - December 22, 2022

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday named Grant County Superior Court Judge Dana Kenworthy to the Indiana Court of Appeals, marking the first time the majority of the 15 members are women. She recently was a finalist for an Indiana Supreme Court opening but Holcomb chose Derek Molter instead. Now Kenworthy will fill Molter’s spot on the […]

Hupfer eyes co-chairman of Republican National Committee

By: - December 19, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer is looking to move up — by running for the number two spot at the Republican National Committee. “I just think that we are at a unique crossroads for the party. 2024 is going to be a critical election,” he told the Indiana Capital Chronicle in an […]

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Pence book provides window into tenure as governor

By: - December 16, 2022

Covering four years of Mike Pence when he was governor was often an act of futility. As the world now knows, he refuses to answer questions in any meaningful way and his administration caught onto that trait fast. He had big ideas but didn’t sweat the details. In his new book, So Help Me God, […]


Indiana women struggling to break the gubernatorial glass ceiling

By: - December 9, 2022

While women have regularly held statewide office and Indiana has had four female Lt. Governors, Hoosier women have struggled to break through to the top office. Indiana has only had one female gubernatorial nominee ever: Democrat Jill Long Thompson in 2008. And the state is languishing on a depressing list of 18 states that have […]


Statehouse basement renovations approach $600k

By: and - December 5, 2022

Indiana paid nearly $600,000 to remodel and reconfigure several committee rooms on the state capitol building’s first floor. The renovations took place after last year’s legislative session. Statehouse Room 156 was previously sectioned into four smaller rooms and a connecting lobby-like area. After months-long renovations costing $583,000 — to date — it’s a snazzy set […]


New Senate rule stifles debate

By: - December 2, 2022

Amidst the oath-taking and speech-making of Organization Day, the Indiana Senate changed a rule related to floor decorum that threatens to shut down debate in the chamber, especially the voice of the minority party. To fully understand the new rule, let me give you an idea of how debates on controversial bills sometimes have gone […]