Adam Widener

Adam Widener

Adam is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose investigative work has ignited change in the Fort Wayne community.

He joined NewsChannel 15 in March of 2010 as the first multimedia journalist in station history—meaning he can shoot, write, edit, and present his stories. A year and a half later, he took over the 15 Finds Out investigative unit and has significantly expanded investigative efforts ever since.

Adam’s work has received awards from the Indiana Broadcaster’s Association, Associated Press, and Society of Professional Journalists. His investigations combine thorough research with creative storytelling that exposes injustice and holds government leaders accountable.  Constantly working to improve his craft, Adam is a member of the IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).

The yin to Adam’s investigative yang is a love for feature reporting. He believes telling inspirational stories of redemption and triumph have the potential to encourage and change the community through the heart of the viewer.

Adam grew up just south of Indianapolis in New Whiteland, Indiana. He graduated magna cum laude from Huntington University in 2009 with a degree in broadcasting. A couple days later, he started his first job as an anchor/reporter at WDTV, the CBS affiliate in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

When he’s not investigating, you’ll find Adam teaching the next generation of storytellers. He serves as an adjunct professor at his alma mater and enjoys speaking to high school classes.

In his free time, Adam enjoys quality time with family and friends, running, and exploring the great outdoors!

Community impact

At the beginning of 2014, Adam began an investigative series into a panhandling “charity” called the Sandbox Veterans. His work exposed questionable, and ultimately illegal, practices. Following the several-part investigation, the group dissolved and the Indiana Attorney General filed a lawsuit against members, saying they pocketed public donations.

A couple months later “Too Old To Patrol?” exposed several Fort Wayne officers in violation of the department’s 60-year-old mandatory retirement age. At the time, one officer was in his 70’s and another in his 80’s. The violations drew concerns from both police unions and following the investigative series, the city proposed amending the law.

In “Through Your Backyard,” Adam uncovered the growing threat of oil trains traveling on northeast Indiana railroads. Following his investigation in the fall of 2014, first responders received vital routing information that the Indiana Department of Homeland Security admittedly delayed sharing.

At the beginning of 2013, Adam investigated a growing number of Fort Wayne panhandlers in “Who’s Behind the Sign?”  By following three panhandlers at random, he uncovered lives that didn’t match the stories given to generous donors. The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission said the series opened the community’s eyes to people in need – and how to best respond.

Other topics Adam has investigated include school bus stop arm violations, below-average staffing in the Fort Wayne Police Department, and no age restrictions for Amish buggy drivers.

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