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
  • Noblesville 5th graders get app to report bullying, other issues

    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — An app created for Noblesville Schools is encouraging students to speak up. The tool lets them report bullying, threats and attempted suicide. In the wake of a shooting inside a middle school classroom in May, the Speak Up app, is a tool administrators are hoping will help students feel safe. “We created an app and we rolled it out to all middle school and high school students,” said Laura Denis, Director of Student Services for Noblesville Schools. […]

  • Downtown Indy intersection to partially reopen Monday after manhole collapse

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A massive manhole collapse downtown is causing a huge headache for drivers. On Friday, Citizens Energy announced the intersection will be partially opened by Monday, with some lane restrictions. Officials didn’t speculate on when the intersection will be fully reopened. The manhole collapse was discovered at Illinois and Maryland on Thursday during a routine sewage inspection. Citizens Energy Manager of Corporate Communications, Dan Considine, said this particular area of the collapse is very complex and not an […]

  • Prosecutors decline to press charges against Indy woman arrested in teen’s murder

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– An Indianapolis woman arrested in connection with the murder of a 13-year-old boy will not face criminal charges at this time, court officials confirmed Wednesday. Shantell Taylor, 33, turned herself in last weekend. Her attorney, Michael Kyle, said she did so to avoid being arrested in front of family and friends, not because she was the shooter. Kyle claims she’s wrongfully accused. According to court documents, 13-year-old Harry Taliefer was shot standing next to his brother.  That older […]

  • New DNA tools and technology help investigators solve decades-old crimes

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A more than 30-year-old murder was solved after police say DNA led them to the man who killed an 8-year-old girl. Police in Fort Wayne announced the arrest of John Miller. Investigators said he killed April Tinsley in 1988. Court records show a private company was contacted to conduct genetic DNA testing. Results showed a match to Miller and his brother. “Anytime law enforcement investigates a case, they use as they say, every tool in the toolbox […]

  • Monroe County fire departments seek funds for expired breathing tools

    MONROE COUNTY, Ind. — Local fire departments in Monroe County are in desperate need of new equipment essential to fighting fires. Breathing apparatus systems for five different departments are set to expire next year. The systems include backpacks, masks, and oxygen tanks and bottles. They’re about 14 years old. When they expire in May 2019, fire fighters won’t be able to use them at all. “This is an essential part for fire service. If you don’t have this, you have […]

  • First public meeting Wednesday to gather public input, ideas for White River vision

    HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. — An idea to revamp the White River could turn it into one of the largest accessible waterways in the nation. Leaders in Hamilton and Marion Counties are gathering input from members of the public on what they want to see in their neighborhoods. “We’re beginning to see ourselves as a city that is way more than the past. It is the opportunity to engage the river,” said Matt Carter, VP of Destination Development for Visit Indy. […]

  • Regional review finds leading cause of preventable child deaths is unsafe sleeping

    DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. — A review board studying child deaths across five Indiana counties last year found most of them were preventable. Many of the deaths were found to be the result of unsafe sleeping. The regional review board covers Delaware, Grant, Randolph, Jay and Blackford counties. It’s made up of law enforcement, county leaders, child advocates and medical professionals. In 2017, there were 24 child deaths in those counties alone. The group reviewed 16 of those cases and found […]

  • Thorntown couple’s home burglarized days before their wedding

    THORNTOWN, Ind. – Deputies with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a string of recent home burglaries in the rural Thorntown area, including one couple’s home who was set to get married just days later. Investigators are looking into at least seven recent reports of thefts from homes. Most of the burglaries are happening during the daytime and many homeowners reported forced entry such as doors being kicked in. “I came home from work at around 2:00 and noticed […]

  • Multiple near drowning incidents on Fourth of July

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Family celebrations on the Fourth of July quickly took a terrifying turn after multiple children were pulled from the water. A 4-year-old Muncie girl was rescued after nearly drowning at Prairie Creek Reservoir. First Responders said she was playing in the sun and went into the water to cool down, but suffered from heat exhaustion. Medical personnel were able to quickly save the girl who is expected to be okay. Earlier, a 2-year-old boy was reported missing […]

  • Indiana to start including missing, endangered children in Silver Alerts

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A new law going into effect on July 1 will include missing endangered children under a new category for Silver Alerts. The new law will include adults currently eligible as part of the current Silver Alert program and add children and teens that have a mental illness, intellectual disability, or another physical or mental disability. Silver Alerts could be issued for any missing child who is incapable of returning to their residence without assistance. Authorities said there […]

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