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Indiana State Fair

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WIBC Radio: Evan West Speaks to State Fair Tragedy

Reflecting on his experiences with interviewing survivors and others affected by the Indiana State Fair tragedy in August 2011, executive editor Evan West speaks today with 93.1 host Steve Simpson. Audio from their conversation appears here at right. Simpson himself was one who reacted quickly on the ground to report the stage rigging collapse on August 13, 2011, just before the country band Sugarland was to take the stage.

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The Collapse

“My daughter is hurt!” the mother yelled, desperate. A stranger appeared and made a tourniquet for the girl, and then a woman who said she was a nurse and a man who said he was a doctor carried her away. Trust us, they said.

Indiana State Fair stage collapse
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Seeking Survivors: On Writing About the Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse

I had been going back to the night of August 13, 2011, time and time again, in quick succession. And I was shaken.

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Tweets of the Week: July 14-20

 

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WTHR-TV Honored for State Fair Tragedy Coverage, More

WTHR-TV will be honored for its broadcasts with two National Edward R. Murrow Awards on October 8. The coveted prizes recognize outstanding “electronic” journalism at the national level and in TV and radio markets both large and small. Representatives from the station will receive the awards at a ceremony in New York City.

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Been There, Ate That, Got the T-Shirt

Know your audience.

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Indiana State Fair Food Diary

Sunday marked the end of the Fair’s 2011 run. We said our goodbyes until next year … which gives us roughly 365 days to work off the following.

Philly Steak Slider. A respectable $2 version of the $7 original, the four-bite snack featured remarkably tender slices of “prime rib,” with onions, peppers, mushrooms, and cheese sauce.

Gyro. An annual must-eat. Tender lamb and beef inside pillowy pita, with onions, tomatoes, and addictively cream

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