Whitney Downard

Whitney Downard

A native of upstate New York, Whitney previously covered statehouse politics for CNHI’s nine Indiana papers, focusing on long-term healthcare facilities and local government. Prior to her foray into Indiana politics, she worked as a general assignment reporter for The Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi. Whitney is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (#GoBonnies!), a community theater enthusiast and cat mom.

Gay teacher fired

Supreme Court hears arguments in Catholic school gay teacher firing

By: - June 29, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court weighed arguments Tuesday over the firing of a gay teacher from an Indianapolis Catholic school, determining whether the Archdiocese of Indianapolis ‘unjustifiably’ interfered with the teacher’s contract. Joshua Payne-Elliott married his partner in 2017 while a German teacher at Cathedral High School, a Catholic school under the purview of […]

Can social services handle abortion-ban baby bump?

By: - June 28, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – From diapers and formula to childcare access, advocates say Indiana lags when it comes to providing services and supports that will see an increase in demand if abortion is banned.  With the legislature calling for a special session to curtail access to abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court decision, thousands more Hoosier children […]

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Inflation hits state capital, infrastructure projects

By: - June 28, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – Ever-increasing prices at the pump and grocery store checkout line aren’t the only places where Hoosiers can see the impact of inflation – state building projects are also feeling the budgetary strain. Pent-up demand for delayed services and supply chains disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to drive inflation upward, reaching 8.6% over […]

Commission says $250M investment needed for public health

By: - June 28, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – A commission tasked with reviewing Indiana’s public health infrastructure has found spending per capita lags and is set to pitch a significant investment. The weakness of Indiana’s public health system became glaringly obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic, when part-time local health departments in rural areas didn’t have the resources to educate their communities […]

Fred Payne leaves DWD to join United Way

By: - June 28, 2022

After a four-year term heading an agency vital to Hoosiers during the tumultuous COVID-19 pandemic, Fred Payne will leave the Department of Workforce Development to be the next CEO and president of the United Way of Central Indiana. “The United Way of Central Indiana has been instrumental in helping our communities address some of the […]

Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

By: and - June 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Indiana’s Republican U.S. senators split on a comprehensive federal gun safety bill that cleared Congress last week – a bipartisan package that President Joe Biden immediately signed into law. In a 65-33  vote, the bill, comprised of eight provisions, passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday. The House on Friday joined, approving the Senate’s bill 234-193, with […]