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Emily Longnecker

13News Reporter - @EmilyWTHR
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Emily is a 7-time Emmy award-winning journalist.

Her career in television news has taken her from Washington, D.C. – where she first worked behind the scenes, covering stories on Capitol Hill – to several smaller television markets in upstate New York and Pennsylvania, where she worked as a reporter and anchor.

Emily spent three years at the NBC affiliate WLTW-TV in Cincinnati before coming to Indianapolis where she’s worked at WTHR-TV Channel 13 as one of the station’s night-side reporters since 2007.

Emily’s work has also been recognized by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press Broadcasters Associations of both Indiana and Pennsylvania.

In 2021, Emily was invited to New York City and back to her former station in Altoona, Pennsylvania to recount her experiences covering the crash of United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, when she was just a cub reporter.

Emily also recounted her work covering September 11th in the book “Women Journalists at Ground Zero.”

During the course of her career, Emily has been featured on A&E’s “The First 48” and Investigation Discovery’s series, “The Shift.”

Emily holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Broadcast Journalism from The American University in Washington, D.C.

She also has a bachelor’s degree in English and French from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.

In her free time, Emily enjoys running and training for half marathons, paddle-boarding and kayaking at Eagle Creek.

Emily loves attending live music concerts and boasts that she was blessed to have seen Prince four times on stage.

When it comes to live musical performances here in Indy, you will usually find Emily in the first few rows at a Babyface concert when he returns to perform in his hometown of Indianapolis because he’s her favorite 90’s R&B singer. At the start of the pandemic, Emily interviewed the Grammy award-winning and critically acclaimed musician and singer via Zoom about his experience battling COVID. Emily calls it a career highlight that she’ll never forget.

The western Pennsylvania native is an avid reader and political junkie.

Emily was born and raised in Bradford, Pennsylvania, but has traveled all over the world.

During her time in Indianapolis, Emily has been invited to speak in front of several groups and help emcee fundraisers for organizations she holds dear to her heart, like Coburn Place Safe Haven and The Independence Academy.

In recent years, Emily has been invited to speak about her experience surviving an attack in broad daylight near downtown Indianapolis and how that day impacted her life.

Emily has also been a contributing writer for Hope Magazine for Women.

Her favorite movie is “The Godfather” followed by “Jaws.” Emily is also a huge Star Wars fan.

After more than a decade in the Circle City, Emily now considers Indianapolis her second home.

One of Emily’s favorite quotes comes from her mom, who always told her growing up:

“Emily, everybody is somebody and everybody is nobody.  If you always keep that in mind, you’ll know how to treat people.”





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