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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
  • Thousands of volunteers prepare largest yearly meal for Hoosiers in need

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Up to 40,000 Hoosiers will get a warm Thanksgiving meal on Thursday thanks to the Mozel Sanders Foundation. To put on a meal this large, the preparation takes months and now, volunteers are down to the last few hours to make sure hungry Hoosiers have a great Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, hundreds of volunteers stacked boxes, prepared silverware, and organized the meal sides to get everything in order for an early Thursday morning. “We’ll return at 3 a.m. […]

  • Community hopeful for arrest one year after Flora fire kills 4 sisters

    FLORA, Ind. –A small town community is still mourning the loss of four little girls killed in a house fire. It’s been one year since the sisters died in a tragic house fire in Flora that authorities say someone set on purpose. One year later, investigators still have not made an arrest. Neighbors replay the horrific scene that happened in the heart of downtown Flora on Nov. 21, 2016. The now boarded up house still has crime scene tape, along […]

  • DEA passes emergency act that will make all forms of Fentanyl illegal

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – New efforts are underway in the war on drugs. A new federal law will make it more difficult for drug dealers to get away with selling Fentanyl. The DEA passed an act, that when it takes effect, will make all forms of Fentanyl illegal. Fentanyl used in hospitals and by doctors will still be legal. The act comes on an emergency basis, which means the DEA found enough evidence that Fentanyl is extremely deadly and serves no […]

  • Inside addiction: Nurses addicted to drugs

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For Lori Rhinebarger, you could say nursing is in her blood. She started out on the switchboard at a hospital when she was just a teenager. The caring, compassionate mission to save lives was embedded in her genes. “My heart is in it. I love the patients and I love my co-workers,” she said. But there’s also something else in her genes. Lori’s dad became addicted to drugs by age 60. At 63, he was dead. Then, her […]

  • Teen admits to trafficking meth from Dayton area to Muncie on weekly basis

    MUNCIE, Ind. – A 19-year-old from Eaton, Indiana admitted to police she goes from Muncie to the Dayton, Ohio area several times each week to pick up drugs. Kiara Gilland is charged with possession of paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance. Gilland told police she went to Trotwood, Ohio to pick up crystal meth. According to court records, she said she bought the meth for $800 and planned to sell it to someone in Muncie. “The people […]

  • Kokomo man accused of forcing children to ‘play’ sex games with him

    CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. — A Kokomo man is charged with ten counts of child molestation after he allegedly forced two children to play games that were actually disturbing sex acts. Corey Rhoton appeared in the Clinton County Circuit Court on Wednesday to hear those charges. Court records show from 2012 to this year, Rhoton is accused of forcing the children to perform sex acts on him in a Frankfort home. Court records show Rhoton blindfolded and tricked the children in […]

  • Indiana crime labs dealing with backlog due to increase in drug cases

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Thousands of drug cases are creating overwhelming work for scientists in crime labs. At the Indiana State Police (ISP) crime lab, they’re seeing some of the highest number of drug cases they’ve ever see and it’s creating a backlog. When a local police agency confiscates drugs, they are sent to one of the state’s four labs. Then, scientists test the chemical compounds to determine what the drug is specifically. In 2014, the ISP crime lab received 10,222 […]

  • Burglars cut hole through wall of vacant Indy business to steal shoes

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Determined burglars cut a hole through the wall of a vacant Indianapolis business to get to a shoe store next door. The burglary happened Sunday in the 9700 block of E. Washington St. on the city’s east side. A police report shows a large hole was found in the wall connecting a Foot Locker and a vacant retail space. The report said merchandise was found stacked inside the empty store. Police believe the suspects took off with shoes. […]

  • Results of new study lead IU Health doctor to encourage IUD use

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A new study on a contraceptive device shows it may reduce the risks of cervical cancer in women. The study focuses on IUDs, a tiny t-shaped plastic inserted into the uterus to provide birth control. The data combined multiple different studies focusing on IUDs and cervical cancer. Thousands of women participated in the studies from around the world. The study found there was about a 30 percent reduction in the risk of cervical cancer for women who […]

  • Family of man seen in viral Delaware County video calls for jail officer to be fired

    MUNCIE, Ind. — Dramatic video of a jail corrections officer attempting to arrest a man he claims was breaking into his daughter’s home is getting the attention of city and community leaders. Now, the man’s family is responding and they are demanding justice. The situation unfolded when Muncie Police received a call of someone attempting to open car doors and look into windows. One of the homes was the daughter of Delaware County Jail Officer, Jerry Shaner. Shaner found out […]