Ken Owen '82 to Discuss State of Local News on NPR Affiliate's No Limits

Ken Owen '82 to Discuss State of Local News on NPR Affiliate's No Limits

July 11, 2011

100016July 11, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Ken Owen, executive director of media relations at DePauw and 1982 graduate of the University, will be among the guests on this week's edition of Indianapolis NPR affiliate WFYI's No Limits. Owen, a former television news anchor and reporter, will join other ex-journalists to discuss how personnel cuts in local print and broadcast newsrooms are affecting the coverage that's being provided by those outlets.

Hosted by John Krull, director of Franklin College's Pulliam School of Journalism, No Limits airs from noon to 1 p.m. on WFYI (90.1 FM or HD1). It can also be streamed from the station's website, where an archived version of the program will be placed following the live airing.

The public affairs program focuses "on the news stories of the week and the hot topics of concern to Central Indiana residents," according to its Internet page. "Krull and his guests will talk about the issues that matter to people, the questions that intrigue us and the ideas in politics, education, the arts and culture that interest everyone. They will take call in questions from listeners as well comments from listeners on Twitter, Facebook and e-mail. The goal is to create the sort of forum in which the wisest voice, not loudest one, 100017carries the day."

Ken Owen returned to DePauw in 2001 after two decades in TV news, which included stints at WISH (CBS), WRTV (ABC) and WPDS (now WXIN/Fox) in Indianapolis, as well as WLOS (ABC) in Asheville, North Carolina, and WANE (CBS) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The former student station manager of DePauw's WGRE, he began his post-college career at Indianapolis radio stations WIRE and WIBC before making the switch to television.

Along with Owen's responsibilities to raise the University's external visibility, he coordinates the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series and the annual Monon Bell telecast53991 and has created "Monon Memories" of every battle between DePauw and Wabash College for the Monon Bell since the rivalry began in 1890. The video vignettes, which now total 117, were the subject of features in the Chronicle of Higher Education and during HDNet's telecast of the 115th Monon Bell Classic in November 2008. (at left: Owen with Jane Pauley, who delivered an Ubben Lecture at DePauw on April 17, 2009)

A communication major and Rector Scholar at DePauw, Owen has also taught journalism at Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis.