Kara Kenney

Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A: I love writing, telling stories and the visual aspect of television.

Q: What was your first job?
A: Operating the Ferris wheel and bumper boats at Coney Island in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Q: What is on your DVR?
A: A lot of "bad" TV including Real Housewives, Vanderpump Rules, Millionaire Matchmaker, Nurse Jackie, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Hardcore Pawn, as well as the Bachelor and Dateline.

Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?
A: Hanging out with my baby daughter and my husband, just doing nothing.

Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
A: Chipotle. I know it’s a chain, but their burritos are delicious!

Q: Most challenging part of your job?
A: Trying to cram all the amazing stuff you found into 3 or 4 minutes of air time.

Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: The Wayne Township school superintendent's hefty retirement payout was by far the most memorable since it led to a change in state law.

Q: Favorite book, movie?
A: JUNO is my favorite movie

Q: What's on your iPod?
A: lots of Top 40, hip hop etc. like Katy Perry, Beyonce, as well as things like Zac Brown Band

Q: What is something that would surprise people about you?
A: I am actually nice. People assume I’m mean and nasty because I investigate corruption!

Q: Best advice you ever got?
A: My dad told me, whatever you decide to do in life, make sure you're really good at it.

Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: Southwest Florida- Marco Island/Naples area. Love the sun and beaches.

Q: What is your proudest career moment?
A: Winning the Richard R. Driehaus award from the Better Government Association in Chicago for my coverage of the Wayne Twp. superintendent retirement payout story.

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: No, I have a baby instead.

Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: Taking care of the baby and hanging out with my husband

Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: When people use "your" instead of "you're."

Q: What advice would you give someone to get into the business?
A: Be willing to move to the middle of nowhere! My first job was in Wausau, Wisc. when I had never even set foot there!

Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
A: No, but I do like helping out when I can for causes like education, diabetes, breast cancer, etc.

Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: I have two phones -- my work phone (Droid) and my personal phone (iPhone.) That iPhone is attached to me at all times.

Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?
A: My best memories involve the water -- vacations to Lake Cumberland, Sanibel Island, Newman Lake in Washington state, etc. I love waterskiing, tubing, you name it.

Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: Give birth!

Q: What is the hardest thing you ever had to do?
A: Give birth!

Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
A: Brian Ross of ABC News. It was amazing when he told me "great job" on my Wayne Township retirement payout story.

Q: If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be doing?
A: I would love to be a yoga or fitness instructor. I love working out, but time is now limited.

Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A: Buy a new house big enough for all of Stella's toys.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Becoming a mother is the greatest achievement of my life.

As one of our Call 6 Investigators, Kara Kenney fights for what's right and holds those in power accountable.

In April 2012, she was named Journalist of the Year by the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists. Her investigations into government fraud and waste have earned her the Richard Dreihaus Investigative Award from the Better Government Association, an Emmy and five Emmy nominations, an Edward R. Murrow award, and numerous awards from the Associated Press.

Her coverage of the former MSD of Wayne Township school superintendent's retirement payout earned 1st Place from the Associated Press in Community Impact, and resulted in a new state law that calls for more transparency in superintendent contracts.

Her goal is to find the truth and create positive changes in the community.

Before joining RTV6, Kenney worked as an Investigative Reporter for WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Florida where she worked on a series called "Tracking Your Tax Dollars". Before that, she worked for WSJV-TV in South Bend, IN and WAOW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Kenney is a 2001 graduate of Indiana University's School of Journalism. She's very glad to be in the Hoosier state, and loves attending IU basketball games.

She is always looking for story ideas so please contact her.

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