WATCH LIVE: Trump impeachment trial continues in Senate

For nearly three decades, Bob Donaldson has been at the center of news coverage in central Indiana, but his career as a journalist started before he’d even earned a college degree.

Bob began his career as the Assignment Editor, the City Government Reporter and the Weekend 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. News Anchor at KOMU in Columbia, Missouri, while still a student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Bob’s career took him to Beaumont, Texas where he worked for two years as a reporter at KFDM. And then to KTVY in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where in 1985 he won a first place award for Spot News Reporting from Sigma Delta Chi.

In 1987, Bob’s journalistic journey led him west to KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah where he worked as an Environmental Reporter and Special Projects Reporter. After two years in the Intermountain West, Bob’s work as a news anchor began back in Oklahoma City on weekend anchor desk where he was honored with a UPI Tri-State Individual Reporting Achievement Award.

Next, a Monday through Friday anchoring opportunity provided a move to KARK in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Bob was chosen after an extensive nationwide search to serve as the lead anchor in Indianapolis at WXIN FOX59 in 1991 when the station started its award-winning newscast, FOX59 News at 10. He was a key contributor to one of the most successful local news launches ever among Fox affiliates. His efforts helped make WXIN, “Fox Station of the Year” both in 1992 and again in 1994.

Besides his work on the anchor desk, Bob has produced Emmy-award winning special reports and documentaries during his long career at FOX59. Just as significantly, Bob was at the forefront of the effort to transform FOX59 into one of the most dominant Fox affiliates in the country. He launched the highly-rated launch of FOX59 News First at Four, which led to the station’s expansion at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. He also served for a brief stint as FOX59 Interim News Director and until recently, served as the newsroom’s Managing Editor as well.

Bob journey in Indianapolis television took an unexpected turn in 2015, when CBS Affiliate Programming moved from WISH to WXIN sister station, WTTV. Bob’s experience launching top-rated newscasts and his respected stature in the market led to him being chosen again to lead a new news team. He continued his anchoring duties on FOX59 News at 10 on WXIN while also taking on the new 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on the new CBS4. His anchoring on two top-rated network affiliates had never been attempted before in the Indianapolis market. As he had done numerous times in his career, Bob’s efforts exceeded expectations and made the launch of CBS4 Indy a resounding success while maintaining the high ratings of FOX59. CBS4 Indy’s 11 p.m. was honored with the Emmy award for Best Newscast in 2018, just two years after its launch.

He continued the dual anchor role on two stations for one year before leaving FOX59 News at 10 to focus solely on the evening newscasts on CBS4. He continues to thrive today in the evening anchor role at CBS4 and has now become the longest tenured male anchor in the Indianapolis market.

Bob has been recognized repeatedly for his volunteer work for groups such as College Mentors for Kids, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Habitat for Humanity and the Children’s Bureau and the Center for Leadership Development. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Kidney Foundation.

He and his wife Dr. Skye Winslow have raised three children in central Indiana. They are proud Hoosiers, who love to call Indiana their home.

Recent Articles
  • Hidden History: Indianapolis reverend reflects on time with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — He is known as the patron saint of the Civil Rights Movement, an icon and a martyr who died for justice and peace. But for one Indianapolis man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was also a family friend. “He was one heck of a listener. I mean a serious listener. King would just sit there and just sit, and once he spoke, he would lock in,” said Reverend Thomas Brown. Reverend Brown met Martin Luther King Jr. […]

  • Veterans group helps Hoosier hero get around easier: ‘They’re my brothers’

    ST. PAUL, Ind. — Putting the finishing touches on the ramp leading to the front door of a home may not seem like much, but it represents everything to one group of Hoosier veterans. “It’s going to make my life so much easier getting out and doing something,” said Allen Babbs. The work is being done at Babbs’ home in St. Paul, Indiana. He’s a National Guard veteran recovering from spinal surgery. A group of his fellow veterans called The […]

  • IN Focus: Merritt talks potholes, politics, race for mayor

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Everybody gets mad about potholes in Indianapolis… everybody. But nobody seems madder about them than Jim Merritt. “I mean look at that, cones that are in the potholes themselves, so you avoid them…in the potholes!” said Merritt. Merritt doesn’t blame the Indianapolis weather. Instead, he blames the city’s mayor. “It does make me mad, because it could have been avoided,” said Merritt. Jim Merritt’s political career is now closely tied to the condition of Indy’s pockmarked streets. The long-time Republican […]

  • IN Focus: Hogsett discusses politics of potholes, re-election bid

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – You can’t drive around Indianapolis without looking for them. Potholes are always a topic of conversation this time of year. So, they are bound to come when you drive around town with the man responsible for filling them. “I never thought I would take potholes as personally as I do,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. Hogsett is good natured about the pothole pitfalls he faces every year. He hits them too. “I’m afraid, I am the single most prolific […]

  • Family fighting to be able to visit secluded cemetery nestled in Indiana wilderness

    MONROE COUNTY, Ind. – It’s the only place in Indiana designated a wilderness. Just shy of 13,000 acres bordering Lake Monroe near Bloomington, the Charles C. Deam Wilderness area has been set aside as a place where nature can thrive. The Deam Wilderness is also part of the Hoosier National Forest and has become a popular spot for hikers who walk the miles of trails within its boundaries. They would have to look closely to see a landmark that’s become the focus […]

  • IN Focus: This week’s winners and losers

    INDIANAPOLIS – After a difficult week in the news, our panel is reflecting on the events in Las Vegas and other topics in the headlines. In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tim Swarens, Mike Murphy, Christina Hale and Tony Samuel pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- our program airs every Sunday at 7:30am on CBS4 and again at 9:30am on FOX59.

  • IN Focus: Panelists on gun control debate, this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – From gun control to Puerto Rico to a famous IU grad considering a run for President, it was another eventful week in the news. In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tony Samuel, Christina Hale, Mike Murphy and Tim Swarens discuss this week’s top stories, including the political implications of the tragic shooting massacre in Las Vegas.

  • IN Focus: Carson discusses gun control debate, Puerto Rico response

    INDIANAPOLIS – The National Rifle Association is calling on the federal government to review whether bump stocks comply with the federal law. “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” said the NRA in a statement Thursday. Indiana legislators were quick to respond to the NRA’s announcement, many of whom provided statements to FOX59. Lawmakers expressed concerns about the devices that are believed to have been used in […]

  • IN Focus: This week’s winners and losers

    INDIANAPOLIS – Who had the best (and worst) week in politics? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tim Swarens, Mike Murphy, Jennifer Wagner and Christina Hale pick this week’s winners and losers. Join us again next week- starting this month our program moves to 7:30am on CBS4 & airs again in its regular time slot at 9:30am on FOX59.

  • IN Focus: Panelists discuss this week’s top stories

    INDIANAPOLIS – How will Congress tackle the issue of hurricane relief funding? And how are Indiana lawmakers preparing for Congress’ return to DC next week? In the video above, IN Focus panelists Tim Swarens, Mike Murphy, Jennifer Wagner and Christina Hale discuss this week’s top stories, including the President and Vice President’s response to Hurricane Harvey and the latest news on the 2018 race for Senate.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.