Shannon Houser is a reporter for FOX59/CBS4. She joined the team in January 2015. She is excited to be in Indianapolis and back in the Midwest.

Before joining the FOX59/CBS4 team, Shannon was a reporter and anchor in Charleston, West Virginia where she covered the water crisis that left hundreds of thousands without water for days, including Shannon herself. She also worked as a reporter and anchor in Parkersburg, West Virginia. While shooting, writing, and editing her own work, Shannon won an AP Award for Extraordinary Coverage of a News Event.

Shannon grew up in Northeast Ohio. She attended The University of Akron and is a proud graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, where she was fortunate to watch LeBron James play early in his career.

In her free time, Shannon enjoys trying new restaurants, going to concerts, reading, and meeting new people. Shannon is also thrilled to take advantage of the Monon and Cultural Trails for long walks with her dog, Samoa.

Recent Articles
  • Shelby County leaders meet with state health officials to talk about solutions to drug epidemic

    SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Leaders in Shelbyville are getting help from state health officials to tackle the community’s growing drug epidemic. A meeting held in Shelbyville on Wednesday morning brought together law enforcement, EMS, fire personnel, youth leaders, county council members and health professionals. Indiana Family and Social Services Administration leaders facilitated the meeting, encouraging leaders to come up with solutions best fit for their community. Shelbyville Mayor Thomas DeBaun said he knew his city needed help coming up with ways […]

  • Boy reports Greenfield mom forced him to beg for money at gas stations, eat from the trash

    GREENFIELD, Ind. — A Greenfield mom and her boyfriend are facing child neglect charges after police report a boy claims he was forced to beg for money at gas stations and eat from the trash. Telisa Parrish was arrested on charges of battery and neglect of a dependent. Her 11-year-old son told police she beat him repeatedly. Court records show Parrish threw TVs at the boy, but did not hurt him at that time. The boy reported Parrish’s boyfriend, David […]

  • Indiana sheriffs meet to talk about jail overcrowding issues

    DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. — Sheriffs across the state say they’re fed up with jail overcrowding issues. This week, they’re coming together at the Indiana Sheriff’s Association Conference to share their struggles and work together to find relief. In Delaware County, right now there are 71 more inmates than the jail can hold. In Madison County, there are 292 inmates for 207 beds. Counties all over Indiana are dealing with the same issues. Delaware County Sheriff Ray Dudley said he recently […]

  • Citizens Energy Group warns of raw sewage overflow into White River after heavy rainfall

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Citizens Energy Group is warning Indianapolis area residents to stay away from waterways due to raw sewage overflows. The continuous rainstorms this week caused about 700 million gallons of raw sewage to overflow into the White River and its tributaries. That includes Fall Creek. Citizens Energy Group Spokesperson Dan Considine said it only takes a quarter of an inch of rain to fill up the current systems. He said sewage overflow happens from time to time, but […]

  • Unsafe sleeping is top cause for infant mortality rates

    DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. — Unsafe sleeping conditions are likely the cause of death for a 4-month old Muncie baby. The infant’s mom, Tricia Cavanaugh, was arrested on charges of neglect dependent resulting in death. Cases like this one are common and now officials in Delaware County are sending a strong message to parents. Chief Trial Deputy Eric Hoffman said these cases are 100% preventable. “By sleeping with your child you are playing Russian roulette with the life of your child,” […]

  • IFD urging people to stay off rivers after multiple kayak rescues

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis Fire Department is asking people to stay off the rivers after multiple kayak rescues over the last few weeks. On Sunday, two people were pulled from the White River in Broad Ripple after getting stuck in a low head dam. One of those kayakers died, while the condition of the second is improving. On Monday morning, the body of a kayaker was found in Putnam County after officials spent the weekend searching for him. The […]

  • Rain and heat cause of increase in mosquito population

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Marion County Health Department confirms they’ve found mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus. The mosquitoes were found after a collection in Center Township. Experts said it’s just a matter of time before even more communities have confirmed cases. Marion County Mosquito Control Coordinator, Matt Sinsko said since the virus has been found in mosquitoes, they’re now on high alert for the possibility that a person could contract the virus. “It doesn’t mean that just because we […]

  • Muncie police add new vehicles, start take home policy

    MUNCIE, Ind. — The Muncie Police Department is starting a new policy for the first time that will allow officers to take their vehicles home and drive them while off duty. The department recently added 27 new Ford Explorers to the fleet of vehicles. The new SUVs were given to each supervisor, as well as officers chosen by their shift co-workers. These officers as well as all others with more than one year of experience are also now eligible to […]

  • City leaders in Columbus make plans for CSX train increase

    COLUMBUS, Ind. — Two major announcements for Columbus projects were announced on Wednesday at Cummins headquarters downtown. The first project details the commitment for improvements at Cummins current buildings in Columbus. The second announcement outlines a $30 million project to improve traffic flow as a result of CSX rail improvements and additional trains. Right now, CSX engineers are working to repair and maintain rail lines from Louisville to Indianapolis. In just a few months, on those tracks, will be dozens […]

  • Domestic violence advocates say protective orders generally work, despite Amber Alert case

    MADISON COUNTY, Ind. — A Madison County father could soon be heading back to central Indiana after police say he kidnapped his three children. Blake Rindahl waived his extradition hearing in Illinois on Monday. The children were found safe. Just last month, police said Rindahl’s wife went through several court procedures to protect her and her children. Court records show she filed for emergency custody last month, but it’s unclear if the order was granted. Then, on June 6, a […]