Today is organization day for the Indiana General Assembly in preparation for the 2014 session. One of the pieces of business conducted by the Senate was adoption of SR 5 honoring former Indianapolis Star reporter, Mary Beth Schneider, for her work reporting on the Indiana General Assembly. That resolution is well deserved. She covered the State House since 1991. A good many of the items I’ve discussed on this blog since 2004 were first reported by her. I first came across Mary Beth in person when she was covering a time zone hearing in Logansport.
As good as her work in the paper has been; I think she really hit her stride when Twitter came along. The real time reporting was often fascinating. And, really, how else were we to know that what she wanted most in life was to be invited to the Rolling Stone Super Bowl Party?
Anyway, I’ll join in with the Senate, commending her on a job well done. I hope the Indy Star recognizes that journalists reporting on state and local policy issues is one of the ways that the paper is going to survive into the future and will commit resources accordingly so that future journalists can follow in Mary Beth’s footsteps.