Embattled attorney general names ex-TV journalist to lead communications

By Brynna Sentel
TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS—Attorney General Curtis Hill, facing sexual harassment allegations, has turned to a former television reporter to lead his communications team.

Hill, a Republican and former Elkhart County prosecutor, announced Wednesday that he has hired journalist Chris Proffitt as his communications director. Proffitt worked for 21 years at WTHR and 5 years at WRTV.

Chris Proffitt is the new communications director for Attorney General Curtis Hill. Provided photo.

“I am pleased to welcome Chris to our staff,” Hill said in a news release. “His experience and expertise will prove invaluable in helping us serve our constituents. As leader of our communications team, he will ensure that we keep Hoosiers properly informed of our important work on behalf of the State of Indiana.”

Hill is facing calls from all of Indiana’s top political leaders of both parties, including Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate Pro-tem David Long—all Republicans—to resign.

Four women, including state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, say Hill touched them inappropriately at a downtown Indianapolis bar in March during a gathering to mark the end of the 2018 regular legislative session.

An outside law firm investigated to determine whether Hill’s alleged actions created a hostile work environment for employees. It wasn’t until the memo became public in a report by The Indianapolis Star that lawmakers issued a call for Hill’s resignation.

Hill maintains that he did nothing wrong and has refused to resign. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, in whose jurisdiction the incidents took place, has asked a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to work with the state’s inspector general to investigate. That appointment is expected shortly.

Proffitt is a nine-time Emmy Award winner, a National Edward R. Murrow Awards first-place recipient and winner of the prestigious National Headliner Award for excellence in journalism.

“I’m honored to join the Attorney General and his dedicated staff who work each day on behalf of all citizens of Indiana,” Proffitt said.

Proffitt’s predecessor, Jeremy Brilliant, was announced as the new communications director of Indianapolis-based Kerauno in late June. That was about a week before before the harassment allegations against Hill became public.

Brynna Sentel is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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