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Journey Indiana Premieres This January on WTIU

Last updated on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

(BLOOMINGTON) - WTIU Public Television will launch a new locally-produced Indiana travel show starting this January. Journey Indiana, co-hosted by Ashley Dillard and Brandon Wentz, debuts online on January 1, 2019, followed by a broadcast premiere on WTIU at 8 p.m. on January 3, 2019.

Each week on Journey Indiana, Dillard and Wentz will travel to new destinations across the state to discover the distinctive culture, history, people, and artistry that shape Indiana. Whether it is savoring a delectable treat from the world's largest chocolate store, strolling through an outdoor sculpture trail, or exploring the history of the first electrically lighted city in the world, Dillard and Wentz will help Hoosiers experience their state like never before on Journey Indiana.

"As a lifelong Hoosier, I am incredibly excited to be able to travel throughout the state, to meet new and interesting
people, and to bring their stories to as wide an audience as possible," says Jason Pear, Journey Indiana producer. "The whole team at WTIU is working hard to make this show a celebration of all things Indiana, and we hope you'll
join us on the journey."

The first episode of Journey Indiana will explore the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown and a high-tech collaboration between Indiana University and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Viewers will also meet a muralist who goes to great heights to celebrate the Hoosier state and a Newburgh couple growing edible flowers and more in their backyard.

Journey Indiana will air Thursdays at 8 p.m. on WTIU starting January 3. New episodes will also be available on the Journey Indiana website two days prior to the broadcast premiere. Other PBS affiliate stations across Indiana will air the series (check local listings for dates and times).

Production support for the series is provided by the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Columbus Area Visitors Center, and
Camp Brosius.

About the hosts:
Ashley Dillard is a theater, television, commercial, and voiceover actor. She has appeared in numerous theatrical productions around the state of Indiana, including Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cardinal Stage Company, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Phoenix Theatre, and Indiana University, where she received her MFA in acting.

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Brandon Wentz is the Associate Artistic Director of the Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Terre Haute and has also appeared in numerous productions with Cardinal Stage Company and the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington. Before joining Journey Indiana, Brandon previously appeared on WTIU as host of the documentary Indiana Motoring:
Concours d'Elegance at French Lick.

About the producer:
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As WTIU chief videographer, Jason Pear has worked on hundreds of WTIU broadcasts, including its locally-produced series The Weekly Special and across numerous genres and outlets. He has also been involved with numerous projects outside the station, including web and client services, Drum Corps International competitions, and the Olympic Games.

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