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Tom Keating (1939-1985)

Thomas R. Keating was a popular long-time columnist for The Indianapolis Star. Known for his portraits of Hoosiers from all walks of life - from washcloth salesmen to police officers to politicians - Keating wrote five columns per week, and he did it with energy and enthusiasm, for 14 years.

Indianapolis was his hometown, and its stories were the center of his work. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School and attended both Ball State and Indiana universities. A collection of his columns, "Indiana Faces and Other Places," was published in 1982.

Keating died in 1985 at the age of 45.

The Keating competition is a daylong feature writing competition among the premier journalism students at Indiana colleges and universities. Since its inception, the program has awarded roughly $158,000 in cash prizes. The competition is named after Keating.


Each year, finalists are sent out to find interesting stories in the heart of Indianapolis.  They have five hours from the beginning of the assignment to find subjects, conduct interviews and write their stories on deadline.  The Indianapolis Star provides space in its newsroom for the students to work.

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