Indiana University Graduate Class of 2016. Two years of news production experience with FOX59/CBS4. Podcast producer for FOX59/CBS4.

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  • Colts Blue Zone Podcast episode 57 ‘Colts 2019 Player Awards’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — After a few weeks to reflect, it’s time to give out awards for the 2019 season. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and producer Joe Hopkins each make their case for who deserves to be named the Colts’ Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Most Disappointing Player. They also look ahead to next season by naming their top candidates for 2020 Bounce-Back Player and 2020 Breakout Player. […]

  • Exploring Colts’ 2020 free agent quarterback options

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The 2020 offseason will be a pivotal time in franchise history for the Indianapolis Colts. While several areas of the roster are in need of reinforcements, no position is more critical than quarterback. To put it bluntly, Jacoby Brissett wasn’t good enough over the second half of 2019. After a 5-2 start and an impressive 14-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio, Brissett sprained his MCL versus Pittsburgh in week 9, beginning a tailspin neither he nor the team could halt. […]

  • First 100 customers get ‘free hot chicken for a year’ at upcoming Joella’s Hot Chicken in Carmel

    CARMEL, Ind. — Restaurant chain Joella’s Hot Chicken has announced they will be opening a Carmel location this spring, and the first 100 customers in line for the grand opening will be awarded “free hot chicken for a year.” Yeah, you read that right. Free hot chicken for a year. Now, before you run to grab your tent and sleeping bag to camp out for this unique opportunity, Joella’s says details regarding their grand opening, such as date, time, contest […]

  • Colts Blue Zone Podcast episode 56 ‘Free Agent QBs & Grading Colts’ Rookies’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Undoubtedly, the biggest question surrounding the Indianapolis Colts this offseason revolves around quarterback. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and producer Joe Hopkins dive deep into the 2020 free agent quarterback market and even explore the possibility of the Colts acquiring a passer who may be available via trade. The crew also takes a look back at Indy’s 2019 draft class and evaluates each player based on their rookie season. The show wouldn’t be complete without touching on the […]

  • 5 free agents Colts should splurge on in 2020

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — After losing seven of their final nine games to close the season, it’s clear the Indianapolis Colts need help if they hope to return to the playoffs in 2020. While getting back into the tournament starts with an improvement in quarterback play, the free agent market lacks any realistic, longterm options. There’s no way the Cowboys let Dak Prescott out of Dallas, Drew Brees isn’t leaving New Orleans and Tom Brady? Give me a break. Other passers […]

  • Colts Blue Zone Podcast episode 55 ‘Chris Ballard Talks With Media’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — With the 2019 season now a thing of the past, Colts’ general manager Chris Ballard sat down with local media to discuss the past year and the roster moving forward. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and producer Joe Hopkins provide the top takaways from what the Colts’ leader had to say, including his thoughts on the quarterback situation, the uncertainty around left tackle Anthony Castonzo, team depth, leadership and the amount of roster turnover we should expect this […]

  • Colts Blue Zone Podcast episode 54 ‘Colts Finale Loss a Microcosm of Season’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — After a strong first half start in the season finale, the Colts faded in the second half against the Jaguars, ending their season with a loss. On Monday’s podcast, Joe Hopkins and Matt Adams breakdown the game, which in many ways resembles Indianapolis’ 2019 season as a whole. The fellas also highlight some team and individual milestones that were hit during the game and discuss the status of left tackle Anthony Castonzo, who told the media Monday […]

  • Colts Blue Zone Podcast episode 53 ‘Colts Snap Losing Streak’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis Colts finally snapped their four-game losing streak with a dominant 38-6 win over the Carolina Panthers. Producer Joe Hopkins mans the show solo this week and keeps things short, sweet and to the point. First he breaks down the Colts’ first win in over a month, then he makes note of some records and statistical milestones before previewing Indianapolis’ season finale against the Jaguars. Be sure to tune in next week when Mike Chappell and Dave Griffiths […]

  • DNR investigates after bald eagle shot and killed in Lawrence County

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is looking for the person who shot and killed a bald eagle Friday in Lawrence County. DNR says the eagle was found alive south of the White River, near Dixie Road, but it later died from a gunshot wound. Anyone with information regarding the shooting of the eagle should call Indiana conservation officers’ central dispatch at 812-837-9536 or the anonymous tip line at 1-800-TIPIDNR. A reward is available for information […]

  • Colts Blue Zone Podcast episode 52 ‘Colts Eliminated From Playoff Contention’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis Colts have now been eliminated from playoff contention after an embarrassing 34-7 loss in New Orleans to the Saints. Mike Chappell, Dave Griffiths and producer Joe Hopkins recap the loss, which was by all counts the worst of the Frank Reich era. The crew also discusses what the team has left to play for as they prepare to host the Carolina Panthers, who are in the midst of a losing skid themselves. On a lighter […]

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