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Sandra Chapman

Sandra Chapman
Eyewitness News Investigators

Emmy Award winning Investigative reporter Sandra Chapman joined the Eyewitness News Investigators in December of 2003, where she has earned national, regional, and state awards for her reporting.

Sandra has earned honors from the National Headliner Awards covering topics in public safety, education, medical science and the environment. The most recent Headliner award came from her investigation into the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.  The State Fair reports also resulted in awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association,  the Society of Professional Journalists, and Sandra being named an IRE Finalist.  IRE (Investigators Reporters Editors) previously named Sandra a finalist for her report entitled "Ghost Drivers," that uncovered the use of social security numbers from the deceased to get fake licenses.

Sandra is a two-time recipient of the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Award. She earned accolades for her post-9/11 reports documenting the struggle of a local Hoosier who narrowly escaped the North Tower of the World Trade Center and for her work into the 1968 Carol Jenkins murder case, which prompted a witness to come forward in the 34-year-old murder mystery.  In May 2012,  Sandra became the published author of "The Girl in the Yellow Scarf," detailing the break in the case that led to the only arrest in the Carol Jenkins murder investigation.

In 2012,  Sandra won two regional Emmy Awards for Research and for Best Investigative story.  "Busted in Byrdstown" uncovered a government employee taking a city vehicle on vacation to a fishing hole in Tennessee on the taxpayer's dime.  "Risky Call" uncovered an Ambulance Company putting business above patient safety. Extensive research uncovered a policy that did not require the company to call the closest ambulance during a life and death emergency.  

Sandra has several other Emmy Awards including one that exposed credit checks costing federal employees their jobs at the Defense Finance & Accounting Service at Fort Benjamin Harrison.

In addition, Sandra was named Best Metro Reporter in 2012 by the Indiana Associated Press and Journalist of the Year by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Assocation.

Sandra's investigative reporting has also led to many changes throughout the state. Her work led to legislative changes with Indiana's Zachary's Law, and at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Sandra came to WTHR after a ten year stint at WISH-TV in Indianapolis. While at WISH, Sandra was an investigative reporter and a weekend anchor. Before that she worked at WICD in Champaign, IL where she was an anchor, reporter, and producer.

A native Hoosier, Sandra is originally from Fort Wayne. Sandra graduated from Ball State University where she earned her degree in Telecommunications, and was named the Outstanding Black Alumni in 2005.

Sandra is active in her community, having served on the Board of Directors of Dress for Success, Indianapolis. She is a member of the Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Indianapolis Church of Christ and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three children and husband, walking and reading.

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