Sandra Chapman Returns to Ball State University #NABJBallU

Wednesday September 12, 2012 Emmy Award Winning Reporter and Ball State University Alum Sandra Chapman spoke to Ball State University students at an event hosted by The Ball State Chapter of National Association of Black Journalists


  1. Sandra Chapman opened her talk by sharing a story about one her favorite professors at Ball State. Chapman graduated from Ball State in 1989. The Emmy-Award winning alum charged students with taking advantage of the "immersive opportunities" Ball State has to offer. She told the crowd of students the best experiences come from doing the work.
  2. Chapman made an important point while telling students about a tough investigation she conduced while at WTHR Channel 13 in Indianapolis. Chapman explained that when building a story it is important to protect your sources.
  3. Chapman encouraged students to apply for internships at WTHR Channel 13 in Indianapolis. Chapman explained that the best interns always want to do extra work.
  4. Chapman spends time with students discussing some of her work 
  5. Chapman spoke to students about a tough interview with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Chapman says she learned early on in her career that 'keeping cool' was best in testy interviews. While working in Champaign, Illinois a news director warned her to keep her cool after her reaction to a interviewee ruined a story. This clip shows how she put those early lessons to work.
  6. Indiana state agencies paying millions in late fees
  7. Chapman told students she reminds herself she is the non basis/non partisan character when preparing for an interview.
  8. Chapman breaks a story
    Carol Jenkins was a young back women in 1968 when she was brutally murdered by a white man in Martinsville, Indiana. The murder went unsolved for over 30 years until Chapman received a call from a woman who claimed her father had killed a girl when she was a child. The story that follows that call led to Chapman's first book entitled, The Girl in the Yellow Scarf.
  9. The Girl in the Yellow Scarf: The Carol Jenkins case
  10. Chapman's investigative work led to an arrest in The Carol Jenkins case, a three-decade old murder mystery.
  11. NABJ Ball State executives pose with Sandra Chapman to thank her for her visit.