Brandon Smith

IPBS Statehouse Reporter

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Chair Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis) discusses the caucus's justice reform agenda. (Screenshot of Zoom call)

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus says it’s pleased with progress so far this session on its justice reform agenda.

Hoosiers age 70 and older are currently eligible to schedule appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Indiana officials say the state will begin to receive a slight increase in its number of COVID-19 vaccine doses – but not enough to open up appointments to more people.

Trish Whitcomb ran former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz's successful 2012 campaign. (Courtesy of Trish Whitcomb)

The race for a new chair of the Indiana Democratic Party gained one candidate Wednesday and lost another.

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs Director Dennis Wimer discusses the Military Family Relief Fund in a Senate committee hearing. (Screenshot of

Some veterans groups are upset with legislation that would allow the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs to take money from the state’s Military Family Relief Fund for administrative costs. 

Justin Hicks / IPB News

The Internal Revenue Service is warning Hoosiers to look out for scams around the latest round of federal COVID-19 relief payments.

Brandon Smith / IPB News

Gov. Eric Holcomb is shutting down state government buildings in Indianapolis for most of next week. He said it’s out of “an abundance of caution” surrounding threats to other state capitols related to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration and the recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

The Indiana General Assembly’s 2021 session will begin soon, with many unanswered questions about how it will go amid the ongoing global pandemic.

(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) won’t say whether he’ll vote to certify the electoral college results of the 2020 presidential election when Congress meets next week.

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Hospitals across Indiana can once again schedule non-emergency, elective surgeries after Gov. Eric Holcomb said Wednesday he’ll lift the temporary ban on such procedures.

(Courtesy of the Indiana Department of Health)

Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Indiana remains focused on frontline health care workers and nursing home residents. That’s even as some hospitals are reportedly vaccinating people much further down the priority list, like teachers.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Public health and criminal justice officials say improving the police’s relationship with the community isn’t possible without addressing mental health – both with law enforcement and the people they serve.


Fady Qaddoura is one of the newest Hoosier state senators and the first Muslim American to serve as a state lawmaker in Indiana history. 


Debates Indiana lawmakers have been having for years will once again surface in the 2021 session, including whether to raise the state’s cigarette tax. But that issue may find new life thanks to viewing it through a new lens: the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Courtesy of IU Health)

About 40,000 Hoosiers will have received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of Tuesday.


Gov. Eric Holcomb is pushing back at the idea of curtailing the emergency powers he’s used throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.