NUVO's new Editor is Katherine Coplen 

Effective today — well, yesterday, really.

NUVO announced today that Katherine Coplen is, effective immediately, taking on the role of Editor.

Coplen previously held the positions of Senior Editor and Music Editor. She was hired in October of 2011 after graduating from Indiana University with a degree in English Literature and History.

Ed Wenck exited the role of Managing Editor in mid-June. After Wenck's departure, NUVO Editor & Publisher Kevin McKinney decided to vacate his editor title in order to embolden the new editorial leader.
click to enlarge Katherine Coplen is NUVO's new editor - PHOTO BY MICHELLE CRAIG
  • Katherine Coplen is NUVO's new editor
  • Photo by Michelle Craig

"With the transition to a GM model, I have reduced my day-to-day role in the editorial decisions and felt it was a natural progression to impart more power to this important position,” says Publisher Kevin McKinney.  “Katherine's institutional knowledge and passion for NUVO is self-evident. She is uniquely qualified to continue our 26-year mission of being the 'voice to the voiceless' while taking advantage of the new storytelling opportunities available to us.”

“I can’t think of anyone more suited to this role and refined position,” says Ed Wenck, former managing editor, now Content Marketing Manager for CEDIA in Indianapolis. “Kat’s knowledge and love of both NUVO and her hometown were already huge assets to the organization. The possibilities for growth for NUVO – both in audience development and pure geographic reach – are limitless with her at the helm. Kat’s uniquely suited to take the momentum we created and push this vital, informative and creative source we call NUVO into the stratosphere.”

As Editor, Coplen will oversee increased reach in Indianapolis and Bloomington and exploration of new storytelling platforms. NUVO's readership continues to grow both online and in print, bucking industry norms. She'll lead a team of dedicated beat editors including Amber Stearns, Emily Taylor, Cavan McGinsie and Brian Weiss. 

“NUVO embraces our quarter century of print distribution and will continue to honor that medium,” Coplen says. “In addition, we'll find new and exciting ways to bring our reporting on Central Indiana's arts, politics and culture to our passionate and growing base of readers.”

“There will be increasingly more ways to read NUVO's stories, but the stories we're telling won't change: NUVO shines a light on all that is good, bad and ugly about Central Indiana.”

Coplen lives in Downtown Indianapolis. She's the host of an all-local music radio show called Locals Only on Alt1033 every Sunday night from 10 p.m. to midnight.

NUVO belongs to the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and has been publishing in Central Indiana since 1990.

(Editor's note: I'm really, really stoked, guys! Wanna chat? Email me at 

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