Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A: I didn't! I always intended to be a newspaper man, and in fact I was one for several years. Working on the digital desk at RTV6 is sort of a best-of-both-worlds scenario, though – we can tap into both the immediacy of broadcast news and the depth of reporting of newspapers.
Q: What was your first job?
A: Lifeguard at the county pool. My first journalism job was as a staff writer at the Greensburg Daily News when I was in high school. It was a sink-or-swim introduction to reporting.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: "Igby Goes Down"
Q: Favorite book?
A: That's a harder one. I've got two book shelves currently overflowing. I'll offer a few instead: "The Razor's Edge" by W. Somerset Maugham; "Post Office" by Charles Bukowski; "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; "Ask the Dust" by John Fante; "Wise Blood" by Flannery O'Connor; "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen; "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera; and "The Big Sleep" by Raymond Chandler. Different books for different seasons of life.
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: One cat: Tocks. She was found wandering in the woods as a baby with her brother and sister. Now she spends her days napping and hunting her favorite beanbag.
Q: If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be doing?
A: I was an EMT for a while. I considered pursuing that further, either as a flight paramedic or medical school. I also harbored childhood dreams of designing video games.
Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: I did a series of stories in 2006 about a young kid who had tumors all up and down his spine and in his brain. He had all sorts of complications, including a temporary period of blindness. The community really rallied around him and supported his family and his recovery.
Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: Probably at the Sinking Ship.
Jordan Fischer joined the RTV6 team as a digital producer in 2013.
Since then he's worked in the station and out in the field, notably doing the latter as part of RTV6's team coverage of the David Bisard trial. Jordan has also worked closely with Call 6 Investigators Rafael Sanchez and Kara Kenney on a number of stories, most recently a months-long investigation of the Hoosier Lottery which led them to change their internal processes.
Before coming to RTV6, Jordan was a managing editor for Current Publishing, tasked with launching the Current in Fishers and overseeing other publications at various points, including the Current in Carmel and Carmel Business Leader, as well as all special publications.
Jordan grew up in Greensburg, Indiana, known mostly for having a tree that doesn't understand it shouldn't be growing out of the county courthouse roof. Actually, the tree doesn't understand much of anything – it's a tree.
He got his first job in journalism with the Greensburg Daily News and decided to continue pursuing the profession at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he also studied poetry for reasons that he's never made clear.
Jordan lives near Broad Ripple with his cat and spends his days off writing a grammar column some people read.