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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
  • Mom wants answers after new detective is assigned to fatal Flora fire case

    FLORA, Ind. — A mom is begging for answers after a new detective was assigned to lead the investigation into the fire that killed her four little girls in Flora. The fire is being investigated as arson. The girls, Keyana Davis, 11, Keyara Phillips, 9, Kerriele McDonald, 7, and Konnie Welch, 5, were trapped inside the home on East Columbus Street when they investigators arrived. They died as a result. The girls’ mother, Gaylin Rose, spoke to FOX59 about the investigation earlier this month. She […]

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    More Hoosier kids accidentally overdosing from pills and illegal drugs

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The drug epidemic is hitting Hoosier families hard. We’re now learning illegal drugs are having a huge impact on children. The Indiana Poison Center reports more than 50 children so far this year have presented overdose symptoms from opioids. Toxicology experts want to warn parents that kids can accidentally get their hands on anything in the house. Dr. Blake Froberg is one of the state’s toxicologists who work with children. He said the majority of kids they […]

  • Clinical experts say parents should discuss terror attacks with kids

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Monday’s terror attack in Manchester, England terrified the world, including Hoosiers. Many kids and teens are struggling to wrap their heads around the explosion that killed more than 20 people and injured dozens more at a popular singer’s concert. Counselors with Families First are hoping parents will open up the lines of communication with their children. Clinical Director, Pat Anderson, says even adults can have a difficult time dealing with tragedy. Anderson says it’s important for parents to […]

  • DPW commits more than $27 million to city stormwater projects

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A major transformation is happening to some Indianapolis neighborhoods this year. Most of the work, you won’t even see though. A multi-million dollar project is in the works to fix some major issues with flooding. The work is already underway to fix drainage issues in neighborhoods like 40th Street and Butler Avenue. It’s an area that’s seen a lot of improvement and development, while streets and drains have remained old. DPW is committing $27,345,000 to dozens of […]

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    Sunscreen prohibited in certain schools without written permission

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — No sunscreen at school unless you have a written note. That’s according to a strange law across the nation preventing some kids from having sunscreen at school. It’s all because the FDA considers sunscreen a drug. In Indiana, the decision is left to individual school districts on allowing children to bring sunscreen to school. Most allow it, but only with written notes from a doctor or parent. IU Health Dermatologist, Dr. Melanie Kingsley said it can take […]

  • Doctors warn of caffeine use in heat after 16-year-old boy dies

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — After a seemingly healthy, 16-year-old boy died from drinking an excessive amount of caffeine in a short amount of time, doctors are warning people to limit their caffeine drinks, especially in the heat. Dr. Daniel Rusyniak, Medical Director for Indiana’s Poison Center, says while this case is rare, they often see people in emergency rooms suffering from symptoms of too much caffeine. “It increases acid secretion in the stomach, so people start to get stomach pain. They’ll start to […]

  • Local security company working to protect businesses from new global ransomware attack

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A new ransomware attack is being called the world’s largest cyber attack. It’s called “WannaCry” and it has hit more than 150 countries and gained 200,000 victims including large companies like FedEx and Nissan. A “stop trigger” put in place might slow down the process of the virus, but security experts say it might come back with a vengeance. Hackers will gain access to computers files and threaten users to pay $300 or those important files will be […]

  • Indiana one of 7 states with higher than average Hepatitis C rates

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A new report released from the CDC highlights dramatic increases in cases of Hepatitis C nationwide and Indiana is one of 7 states with higher than average numbers. The report shows numbers of patients infected tripled from 2010 to 2015. In 2010, the CDC reports there were 850 cases of Hepatitis C. In 2015, that number jumped to about 2,500 cases. The Indiana State Department of Health reports 181 cases of Hepatitis C last year, with around […]

  • After 2 years, still no leads in fatal motorcycle crash on Pendleton Pike

    LAWRENCE, Ind. — Two years and still no solid leads on who was driving the car that hit and killed 26-year-old Jonathan Macklin. He was riding his motorcycle on Pendleton Pike on May 10, 2015 when a white SUV pulled out in front of him. The driver hit and killed Macklin and took off. Since then, the driver has not been caught. The crash was caught on surveillance video. Police said they’ve received hundreds of tips, some even leading investigators […]

  • Community leaders hope teens will seek community involvement amid violence

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — After a 17-year-old was shot and killed and two other students critically injured, community leaders are organizing a prayer vigil to honor the teens and encourage others to stop the increase in recent teen violence. Angel Mejia-Alfaro was killed in a parking lot near W. 38th St. and Moller Rd. The other two students that were shot were identified as 19-year-old Darius Moore and 18-year-old Dijon Anderson. Reverend Malachi Walker said he’s concerned teen violence will only increase […]