John Stehr: Channel 13 WTHR Anchor from Zionsville

Along with fellow Zionsville, Indiana resident Ray Cortopassi, John Stehr is a familiar face in Indianapolis news. He’s an anchor for Channel 13 WTHR, where he is the weekday co-anchor for the 5:00, 6:00, and 11:00 p.m. news show. John Stehr has been an anchor with the Indianapolis television station since he was brought on from the CBS Morning News show in New York. Now a resident of the nearby Indianapolis suburb of Zionsville, John Stehr has reported on important goings on in the Circle City for almost sixteen years, and he’ll likely continue at his post for several more years to come.

Video of Zionsville, Indiana resident John Stehr interviewing John McCain on Channel 13 WTHR in Indianapolis


Born in August of 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John Stehr spent most of his early life on and around the east coast. After his high school graduation, he attended Gannon University, a private Catholic institution in nearby Erie, Pennsylvania. He majored in Communications and Political Science and graduated in 1980. So far, John Stehr is the only one in his Gannon University class to earn the school’s Distinguished Alumni award, thanks to his work in the field of journalism.

But John Stehr didn’t wait until his 1980 graduation to begin his career in broadcasting. His first assignment was to an A.M. radio station called WJET-AM. While he was still enrolled at Gannon, Stehr began working for as an anchor and reporter for WJET TV, an ABC station based out of Erie. After his Gannon graduation in 1980, Stehr moved to another local Erie station, WSEE TV. Stehr signed on to WSEE TV as a common reporter, but at the early age of 21 he became the sole anchor for WSEE’s weekday 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts. Throughout the 1980’s, John Stehr worked for a variety of stations around the United States, including WOTV in Grand Rapids, Michigan and KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah. Stehr also made his first stop in Indy during this period; in 1982, he was the chief anchor, producer, and reporter on Channel 8 WISH TV‘s “Nightbeat” program.

Video of a Channel 13 WTHR news montage in 1995, featuring then-new anchor John Stehr, a Zionsville, Indiana resident


In 1989, John Stehr became one of the founding anchors for the new CNBC network. From 1989 to 1991, Stehr was the business news anchor for The Money Wheel, a show on CNBC that watched the New York Stock Exchange and monitored other business news. In 1991, Stehr became a correspondent for CBS News, where he mostly reported on business and personal finance news on CBS This Morning; he also anchored on the CBS Morning News. John Stehr would work for CBS for four years, until he was offered a position back in Indianapolis by Channel 13 WTHR in 1995.

Video of Zionsville, Indiana resident John Stehr narrating various news promos in this 2002 broadcast of Channel 13 WTHR in Indianapolis


John Stehr became a co-anchor of the weekday news at Channel 13 WTHR in June of 1995. Since that time, he’s won several regional Emmy Awards, including two “Best Anchor” accolades and one Emmy for his documentary on the role of Indiana senator Richard Lugar in the disarmament of post Soviet Russia. Stehr now resides with his six children (three daughters and three sons) and his wife in Zionsville, Indiana. One of the most recognizable famous Zionsville people (at least for people who watch Channel 13 in Indianapolis), John Stehr is a long time fixture in the Indianapolis media scene, a veteran anchor who has been giving us the news, good or bad, for sixteen years.

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