Months After Promotion, WISH Investigative Reporter Out

By Mark Joyella 

Back in February, we told you Indianapolis station WISH–then still a CBS affiliate–had promoted Karen Hensel to chief investigative reporter as the station doubled the size of its investigative unit, “I-Team 8.”

Now, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports WISH–which lost its CBS affiliation and has picked up CW–has cut back, and Hensel is out:

While WISH officials did not return calls this week seeking comment about her sudden departure, sources close to the station said Hensel was escorted from WISH’s building on Jan. 5, and News Director Steve Bray later sent an email to staffers saying she was no longer allowed on the property. Hensel no longer is listed as a staff member on WISH’s website.


It’s not clear why Hensel and WISH parted ways, although a source close to WISH said Hensel’s dismissal appears to be at least in part a cost-cutting measure.