John Krull Director Of Pulliam School of Journalism  Will Be Keynote Speaker At Today’s CCO Awards Luncheon


John Krull Director Of Pulliam School of Journalism Will Be Keynote Speaker At Today’s CCO Annual Awards Luncheon 

We are excited to announce that John Krull the highly regarded and nationally known Director of Pulliam School of Journalism will be the keynote speaker at today’s City-County Observer Annual Awards luncheon at BALLY’S-Evansville.

During this event, the City-County Observer will be bestowing several “Community Service Awards” to deserving individuals who are well-known and highly respected public servants and community volunteers.

John Krull became Director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism in 2004. It was a return home for him because he graduated from Franklin as a journalism and history double major.

As a director, he serves as the publisher of, an award-winning news website powered by Franklin College journalism students that have become one of the largest news services in Indiana and write a column three times a week for that appears in more than 30 Indiana newspapers. He was the host of “No Limits,” twice-weekly news and public affairs radio program produced by WFYI (90.1 Indianapolis), a National Public Radio affiliate, that aired in several markets around the state from 2010 to 2019 and earned awards for excellence in broadcasting every year the show was on the air.

Prior to coming back to Franklin College, Krull was an award-winning reporter, editor, and columnist for The Indianapolis News and The Indianapolis Star for more than 15 years and the executive director of what is now the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana for nearly six years.

During his career as a journalist, he has been honored with more than 100 awards for excellence in reporting, writing, and broadcasting. He received his Master of Arts degree in American Studies from Saint Louis University.

Krull has produced, written, and narrated five televised documentaries, “UniGov: The Turbulent Making of Modern Indianapolis,” “The Children’s Crusade Revisited: Slaughterhouse-Five at 50,” “Richard Lugar: Reason’s Quiet Warrior,” “The Past in the Present: Historic Preservation in Indianapolis” and “Bill Hudnut: Twilight Reflections, Evening Meditations.” The Slaughterhouse-Five and Bill Hudnut documentaries were honored with Emmys and the Slaughterhouse-Five documentary went into national distribution and aired on more than 270 PBS stations. The Lugar program was nominated for an Emmy.

John Krull was a Government affairs writer for The Indianapolis Star/The Indianapolis News. He reported on Indiana General Assembly and led the investigation of corruption in the state auditor’s office, which produced two indictments and documented the struggle for control of the Indiana Senate during the first battle for leadership in 20 years.  

In 1995-1997 John was the Heartland writer for The Indianapolis Star/The Indianapolis News and traveled extensively in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Kentucky to write about people and issues of the Midwest.  Among other things, reported the first story on a Michigan school system’s attempt to fire a gay school teacher because of his sexual orientation; detailed the attempts of Bosnian refugees to build lives in Dayton, Ohio, while peace talks took place at nearby Air Force base; documented the fund’s right-wing organizations funnel to conservative student organizations on small Midwestern college campuses; and explored the costs mandatory drug testing policies have imposed on cash-strapped school systems.

John was a Metro columnist for The Indianapolis News and wrote extensively about government and politics from the local to the national level, as well as education and cultural issues.  He also interviewed figures ranging from convicted murderers to presidents of the United States.  Had the highest readership of any News columnist.

John Krull was an Editorial Board member for The Indianapolis News and wrote four to six editorials per week about a variety of topics. He also wrote a weekly column, supervised the production of editorial and op-ed pages, and directed the Young Voices program which encouraged high school students to take part in discussions about public issues by helping them to write essays about the controversy and then publishing the results.

Krull also is the author of “Emily’s Walk.” He and his wife, journalist Jenny Labalme, live in Indianapolis and have two grown children

The City-County Observer recently announced the four deserving “Community Service Award” winners for 2022.  They are Sue Schriber a highly respected and well-known teacher, community leader, and beloved community volunteer, Joe Kiefer a highly regarded Realestate executive, community leader, and a member of the Vanderburgh County Council, the Honorable Vanderburgh County Superior Court Judge Robert  Pigman, and successful business and community leader W. Harold Calloway.

The City-County Observer just announced their Second Annual “Person Of The Year” award winner for 2022 is a highly respected business tycoon and community leader John Dunn.

This year’s event Master of Ceremonies will be the Memorial Baptist Church mega preacher and publisher of “Our Times” newspaper, Dr. Adrian Brooks.

This year’s awards luncheon will be held at Bally’s-Evansville in Walnut rooms A and B.  Registration begins at 11:30 am, and the event will officially start at 12 noon on November 3, 2022.

For the last 10 years, the “City-County Observer Annual Awards Luncheon” was sold out and this year is no exception.




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