Tim Evans

Tim Evans is the Consumer Advocate for the Indianapolis Star, where he has worked since in 1997. Before taking his new position in January, he spent the last five years as an investigative reporter.

During his time on The Star’s investigations team, Evans wrote about a wide range of topics including gun laws and violence, government fraud and waste, the state's troubled nursing home industry, the deadly State Fair stage collapse, questionable asset seizures by police and prosecutors, the Litebox fiasco (Google it), problems at the state Department of Toxicology, and the inappropriate actions of the former head of the Department of Child Services in a case involving his grandchildren. He also reported extensively on the toll abuse and neglect on innocent children and the shortcomings of the public safety nets intended to protect them.

Evans has received numerous awards for his investigative work, including for excellence in reporting on topics related to the First Amendment, public service and social justice. In 2014, he received first place awards for non-deadline reporting and feature series from the Associated Press Managing Editors for stories about a highway project that enriched the family of a state transportation official and the dramatic escalation of deadly teen violence in Indianapolis. He also was a lead member of the team that won first place in 2014 from The Hoosier State Press Association for The Star's coverage of the same-sex marriage. The year before, he received first place awards for non-deadline news coverage from the Hoosier State Press Association and investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. Evans was named Indiana Journalist of the Year in 2009 by the Society of Professional Journalists, and in 2010 was the recipient of a national Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, which recognizes exemplary reporting on children and families.

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