Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.


11:05 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Leading Index Shows Mixed Signals for Indiana Economy

Credit Courtesy of Indiana University

An Indiana University economist says the Leading Index for Indiana – an economic predictor for the state – is sending mixed messages about the health of the Hoosier economy.

The Leading Index is at its highest point in four months, backed by positive reports from home builders and strong automotive sales.  But Indiana Business Research Center Economic Analysis Director Timothy Slaper says small business optimism is down and rising mortgage rates are dampening enthusiasm. 

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1:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Young Adults Struggle To Find Jobs Post-Recession

The unemployment rate among young adults in Indiana is significantly higher than the state average and a Ball State economist says Hoosiers in that age group are still struggling to recover from the recession.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about the high unemployment rate among Indiana's young adults.

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Politics & Government
4:23 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Senators At Odds on Food Stamps in the Farm Bill

The U.S. House passed the farm bill Thursday without including food stamp funding.  Now, Indiana’s U.S. Senators are split on whether the assistance program should remain out of the bill.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about Indiana's lawmakers disagreement on whether food stamps should be in the Farm Bill.

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Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Hoosier Retraining Efforts Get a Financial Boost

Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Indiana is getting more federal grant money to boost its efforts retraining out-of-work Hoosiers for next-generation jobs.

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12:41 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Indiana Group Protests Proposed Change to Social Security

Ralliers gathered in Indianapolis Tuesday to protest a proposal to move Social Security benefits for seniors to chained CPI, a move some say would cause seniors to lose benefits.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

An Indiana advocacy group joined dozens of rallies across the state and country against a proposed change to Social Security it says will cut benefits for seniors.

A proposed change in the House Republican budget in Congress would tie Social Security’s cost-of-living adjustments to what’s called chained CPI, a measure of the Consumer Price Index. 

It’s a move aimed at helping reduce the ballooning national debt.  But seniors groups like the Indiana Alliance for Retired Americans say chained CPI could cost seniors as much as six thousand dollars in benefits over 15 years. 

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Health & Science
1:43 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Pew: Dental Care Lacking for Hoosier Kids on Medicaid

Two-thirds of low-income Hoosier children on Medicaid did not receive dental care in 2011.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about a new Pew study showing a majority of Hoosier children on Medicaid did not receive dental care in 2011.

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Politics & Government
8:16 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Gay Marriage Advocates, Opponents Prepare for 2014

Advocates on both sides of Indiana’s same sex marriage debate are preparing for a fight after the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings Wednesday clear the way for the states to decide the marriage question.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story about advocates on both sides of Indiana's same-sex marriage debate preparing for the battle over a state constitutional amendment in 2014.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

State Tries to Lure Jobs With New Campaign

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is deploying a new marketing campaign aimed at reducing the state’s unemployment rate.

Governor Mike Pence often said on the campaign trail he wanted to make Indiana the state that works.  The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is borrowing that slogan for its new marketing campaign. 

State Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith says the campaign will use a broad-based approach that incorporates its new website.

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Politics & Government
2:11 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

ACLU Goes to Court Over Specialty License Plates

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Indiana Chapter is taking the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to court over the BMV commissioner’s role in denying specialty license plates to a gay youth support group.

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Politics & Government
11:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

State Legislators to Hold Hearings on ISTEP+ Glitches

Indiana Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn)

In the wake of ISTEP testing disruptions that have called into question the validity of this year’s tests, the General Assembly this week will hold the first of two hearings investigating the issue.

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