Indiana University Graduate Class of 2016. Two years of news production experience with FOX59/CBS4. Podcast producer for FOX59/CBS4.

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  • A third of working Americans are sleep deprived, Ball State study says

    Nearly a third of working Americans are not getting enough sleep, and the problem is getting worse by the year, according to a study by Ball State University that was posted in the Journal of Community Health Monday. Ball State researchers analyzed 150,000 working American adults from 2010 to 2018 and found the prevalence of inadequate sleep — seven hours or less — increased from 30.9% in 2010 to 35.6% in 2018. “Inadequate sleep is associated with mild to severe […]

  • Colts Blue Zone Podcast episode 27 ‘Week 1 Preview’ now available

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The regular season is upon us! This week, Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and producer Joe Hopkins preview the Colts’ week one matchup with the Chargers, who provide quite the challenge for Indianapolis coming out the gate. The crew also discusses a couple of contracts the team handed out to quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Brian Hoyer, breakdown the 53-man roster after cuts and claims, and touch on the plethora of blockbuster moves division foe Houston Texans have made […]

  • Colts Blue Zone Podcast episode 26 ‘Life Without Luck’ now available

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — I bet you can guess what this week’s podcast is about… Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and producer Joe Hopkins breakdown Andrew Luck’s league-altering decision to retire, the boos that came with it and reaction from around the country. More importantly, the Blue Zone crew also discusses the Colts’ new starting quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, and the team’s outlook for the 2019 season and beyond now that the former face of the franchise has called it quits. To wrap […]

  • The nation reacts to Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — He… he did what? Murmurs grew in Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday night as fans attending the Colts’ preseason exhibition against the Bears saw ESPN’s Adam Shefter report on Andrew Luck’s retirement via social media before the franchise quarterback had a chance to make the announcement himself. Luck’s untimely retirement sent shock waves through the football world. After coming off arguably the best season of his career, the 29-year-old called it quits roughly two weeks before the start […]

  • Colts Blue Zone Podcast episode 25 ‘Sitting Starters’ now available

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Traditionally, the third preseason game has been the “dress rehearsal” game when teams give their starters the most amount of playing time ahead of the regular season. Head coach Frank Reich is bucking that trend and announced the Colts and Bears won’t play their first-team players. This week, Mike Chappell and producer Joe Hopkins discuss what we can expect to see in the game Saturday and why it is still significant. The fellas also provide takeaways from […]

  • Carmel named the best place to raise a child in America

    CARMEL, Ind. — The City of Carmel has been named the best place to raise a child in America by came to that conclusion by analyzing data from the FBI and other sources that give insight into how communities rank in terms of safety, graduation rates, sex offender statistics, violent crimes and property crimes. Based on those metrics, Carmel scored higher than any city in America, beating out Newton, Massachusetts, and Johns Creek, Georgia, who round out the […]

  • Colts fall to Browns 21-18 in second straight preseason loss

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis Colts have dropped their second preseason game of the year in a 21-18 to the Cleveland Browns. It was the Colts’ first home game of the year and their second straight preseason loss. Offense The first-team offense scored their first touchdown of the preseason when Jacoby Brissett led the team down the field, and Eric Ebron hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. Brissett went 8-10 for 100 yards, a touchdown […]

  • Former NFL running back Cedric Benson killed in motorcycle crash

    AUSTIN, Texas — Former NFL and University of Texas running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36. Benson’s attorney, Sam Bassett, says Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday night. One of the top high school recruits in the country out of Midland, Texas, Benson was a key player in the Longhorns’ resurgence […]

  • Colts Blue Zone Podcast episode 24 ‘Luck’s Injury Woes Continue’ now available

    WESTFIELD, Ind. — In a conference call with local media, general manager Chris Ballard spoke on the latest developments surrounding Andrew Luck’s lower leg injury, which began as a calf strain and evolved into an “ankleish” issue. This week, Mike Chappell and producer Joe Hopkins record from Grand Park, where the Colts host the Browns in their first of two joint practice sessions ahead of their preseason exhibition Saturday. The fellas breakdown Ballard’s comments and speculate on what they mean […]

  • Colts Blue Zone Podcast episode 23 ‘Preseason Preview’ now available

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Colts football is finally back! This week, Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and producer Joe Hopkins preview the Colts’ first preseason game of the year as the team travels to Buffalo. The crew discusses who has been ruled out, how long starters are expected play and which players to keep an eye out for. The fellas also breakdown the addition of running back D’Onta Foreman, who was claimed off of waivers after the team placed Spencer Ware on […]

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