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.


Politics & Government
11:11 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Pence gets to work after inauguration

Governor Mike Pence signed 15 executive orders following his inauguration in Indianapolis Monday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence went straight to work after being sworn in Monday, signing 15 executive orders, including a measure stripping some authority away from the incoming state superintendent of public instruction.

One of Pence’s first acts in office was to rescind an executive order signed by former Governor Mitch Daniels.  The new order shifts oversight of the Education Employment Relations Board from the state superintendent to the governor, where it had historically been before Daniels changed it.  The board settles teacher contract disputes. 

Read more
Politics & Government
1:48 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Legislators push for job placement for veterans

If job creation is priority No. 1 for lawmakers this session, job placement for veterans seems to be priority 1-A, with new legislation aimed at getting servicemembers back to work.

The unemployment rate for younger veterans – those of the post 9/11 era – is considerably higher than the rate for average Hoosiers. 

Read more
Politics & Government
12:43 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Ball State, IU presidents meet with legislators

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie meets with the Indiana House Ways and Means committee.
Credit Kyle Stokes / StateImpact Indiana

Ball State President Jo Ann Gora says the state’s funding formula for higher education unfairly favors some schools over others.

Gora says the state’s performance funding system is a one-size-fits-all structure that favors large and growing campuses.  She says schools like Ball State – which Gora believes has focused on quality, rather than quantity – are penalized. 

Read more
5:58 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Purdue and Indiana State set out to prove their commitment to fiscal responsibility

Indiana’s public universities are at the Statehouse this week to make their cases for increased funding.  

A common theme among the university presidents Wednesday was proving to lawmakers that their school is working to reduce the cost of college for its students.  Acting Purdue president Tim Sands said one of the ways the West Lafayette school aims to accomplish that is creating a more year-round schedule by increasing class offerings in the summer.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:29 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Indiana Black Caucus announces priorities for 2013

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus says it will focus on improving child safety and fostering economic development in the current session.  Its members say the impact of their initiatives goes beyond the state’s minority communities.

Read more
Politics & Government
2:58 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Hoosier legislators expect smoother session

House and Senate leaders say they’re looking forward to a less contentious legislative session than the past two years as the General Assembly convenes Monday.

The last two sessions saw sweeping education reforms, Right to Work, abortion bills and immigration measures that created significant conflict between Republicans and Democrats in the legislature. 

Now, the GOP holds a supermajority in both houses. 

Read more
1:03 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Proposal calls for more officers in schools

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Sen. Pete Miller (R-Avon) announced a proposal to put more police officers in schools.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A new proposal from Attorney General Greg Zoeller and a GOP state senator would help Indiana schools put more police officers in their buildings.

School resource officers are already present in somewhere between a quarter and a third of Hoosier schools. 

Read more
Politics & Government
3:19 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

December revenue forecasts revealed

State revenues are expected to grow at a modest pace in the next few years.  That’s based on new forecasts unveiled Monday.  State lawmakers are still preaching caution as they head into a budget session.

Read more
Politics & Government
6:41 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Pence Makes Change at DHS

Governor-elect Mike Pence announced Thursday he will make a leadership change at the state Department of Homeland Security. It’s the first Pence-appointee who comes from outside the Daniels administration.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s new director will be John Hill, replacing current director Joe Wainscott.  Hill was previously the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as well as a former member of the Indiana State Police.  Pence said he’s grateful for Wainscott’s service but adds bringing in Hill was a unique opportunity.

Read more
4:18 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Companies announce commitments to bring jobs to Indiana

After already breaking the state’s record for job commitments in 2012, nine more companies have pledged to create more than 2,500 jobs over the new few years in locations around Indiana.  Indiana secured those commitments despite offering some of the lowest tax incentives in the region.

Read more