I know firsthand what it was like to go to school in Indianapolis.
I was born and raised on the north side and went to mostly Washington Township schools. After graduating from North Central High School, I went to Hanover College in southern Indiana where I got my degree in English Literature, which eventually led me to journalism.
Now, I find myself somewhat back to where it all started, as IndyStar’s Marion County K-12 education reporter.
What I found through becoming a journalist is something that I never found in all my traditional academic classrooms.
Through journalism, I’ve gained the confidence to ask questions that I had previously been too afraid to ask and that opened up possibilities for me to learn.
Now, I may not have been a perfect student, but I can tell you that I love to learn about anything and everything, especially people. I love storytelling and journalism gets to expand on that in a great way by shedding light on the truth and telling stories about real human beings.
I am so thankful that now I get to tell the stories of the community that I grew up in and have so much love for. I truly believe that schools are the bedrock of our community. If schools succeed, then everyone does.
That is why I think education reporting is so important, especially right now. The past two years have drastically changed the education world, for teachers, parents and students – especially for the most marginalized and vulnerable in our community.
Journalism allows me to get to know people and my community in a different way. It helps tell those stories that may have gone overlooked and hold institutions of power accountable.
I am incredibly excited to enter this new role and to tell your stories, so I invite you to reach out and tell me what you think needs to be covered in the news.
My goal is to help tell the stories of all school districts in Marion County, so don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any story ideas you have.
Send me an email at [email protected] and, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to the IndyStar to see all my future stories.
Caroline is also a Report for America corps member with the GroundTruth Project, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the US and around the world.
Report for America, funded by both private and public donors, covers up to 50% of a reporter’s salary. It’s up to IndyStar to find the other half, through local community donors, benefactors, grants or other fundraising activities.
If you would like to make a personal, tax-deductible contribution to his position, you can make a one-time donation online or a recurring monthly donation via IndyStar.com/RFA.
You can also donate by check, payable to “The GroundTruth Project.” Send it to Report for America, IndyStar, c / o The GroundTruth Project, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135. Please put IndyStar / Report for America in the check memo line.