Katie Heinz

Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A:  I practically stumbled upon it! I had the choice between taking a rhetoric class or introduction to journalism to fulfill a general education requirement during my sophomore year of college. I thought journalism sounded interesting, and I was hooked after the first class. After writing for my college newspaper and volunteering at a radio station, I had the opportunity to intern at the CNN Chicago bureau. It was there, while helping to cover the U.S. Senate race between Alan Keyes and then state Senator Barack Obama in 2004, that I determined I wanted to pursue television news, specifically.

Q: What was your first job?
A: I landed my first job in TV news at WEAU in Eau Claire, Wisc. I reported during the week, and I did a little bit of everything on the weekends -- shooting video, reporting, producing and editing the web -- all in one shift! In high school, my first job was working as a pool attendant. I checked pool passes at the front desk and cleaned the locker room.

Q: What is on your DVR?
A: I don't have DVR! But if I did, it would have episodes of The West Wing, Seinfeld reruns and cooking shows.

Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?
A: I love relaxing with a cup of coffee, catching up with family and friends on the phone, spending time outdoors and checking out new restaurants.

Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
A: A few of my favorites include Bakersfield, Pure Eatery and Petite Chou

Q: Most challenging part of your job?
A: The most difficult part of the job is approaching grieving family members for interviews.

Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: Getting to tell the story of a Rushville, Ill. doctor who only charged his patients $5; also flying with the Blue Angels at the Deke Slayton Airfest in LaCrosse, Wisc.

Q: Favorite book, movie?
A: All the President's Men," "Back to the Future," and "While You Were Sleeping." As for books, I love Small Miracles.

Q: What’s on your iPod?
A: My iPod includes Mumford and Sons, OneRepublic and U2, along with a little bit of country.

Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: Lake Geneva, Wisc.; Kauai

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: No

Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: Spending time with family and friends or sleeping

Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: People who don't return the shopping carts and leave them in the parking lot at the grocery store!

Q: What advice would you give someone to get into business?
A: Get as much exposure to the field as you can through internships, job shadowing and networking. Work hard and continuously strive to learn something new.

Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
A: Big Brothers Big Sisters, National MS Society

Q: When was the last time you tried something new? What was it?
A: I love food, so I'm constantly trying new dishes and trying to expand my horizons!

Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: My phone - I love to have long conversations with my family and friends out-of-state. I also love to get the latest adorable pictures of my brand new nephew by text, which I then proceed to show all of my co-workers!

Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: I went skydiving with a friend -- a bit of an impulse decision -- before he moved away in 2010.

Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
A: I have been fortunate to have a few, including two of my professors at the University of Illinois and Northwestern - John Paul and the late Jon Petrovich. I also learned a great deal from WEAU and WICS managing editors Chris Herzog and Becky Clark.

Q: If you weren’t in your current profession what would you be doing?
A: I can't imagine doing anything else.

Q: If you won the lottery what if the first thing you would do?
A: I would like to donate to charity and take my entire family on vacation, possibly to Ireland.

A native of Chicago's suburbs, Katie most recently covered politics and government for WICS, the ABC affiliate in Springfield, Ill.

During her time in Springfield, Katie covered the federal corruption trials of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and the announcement of President Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate on the steps of the Old State Capitol.

She places emphasis on holding those in power accountable and tracking the money. But, one of her favorite stories is the tale of a small town doctor who only charges his patients $5 per visit.

Katie earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science from the University of Illinois.

Although a Fighting Illini fan, Katie is excited to now call Indianapolis home. She looks forward to experiencing everything the Circle City has to offer, and she appreciates your Hoosier hospitality!

In her spare time, Katie puts a priority on getting involved in the communities she covers. She has been an active volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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