Samantha Thieke

Samantha Thieke joined WLFI in October of 2013 as a multi-platform journalist.

Title: News 18 This Morning Anchor/Multi-Platform Journalist

Samantha Thieke joined WLFI in October of 2013 as a multi-platform journalist. In 2015, she became a weekend anchor and producer. You can now wake up and see her as an anchor on News 18 at 5.

Samantha was born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University Kokomo in December 2013.

While at IU Kokomo, Samantha was an anchor and reporter for “Cougar News at IUK”, a student-produced news program, and participated in the campus improv group.

Samantha also got the chance to intern in news at RTV6 Indianapolis and WLFI.

In her free time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband, Matthew, and her three children, Gabe, Addlie and Olive.

She also loves cooking and volunteering in the community.

Feel free to contact Samantha with story ideas!

Recent Posts by Samantha Thieke

Local police react to racial profiling reform bill

We're wrapping up our two-part series on policing in Greater Lafayette. Part two takes a look at proposed legislation to end racial profiling by police.

Local police departments see decline in officer applications

News 18 is kicking off a two part series about policing in our community. Part one revolves around a continuing problem faced by both Lafayette and West Lafayette Police Departments.

Tippecanoe County opens COVID-19 vaccine clinic

They have a total of 1,000 doses to administer, including the 100 doses they plan on giving out Monday.

Tippecanoe County officials not planning to increase courthouse safety after U.S. Capitol riots

Tippecanoe County leaders aren't planning to reevaluate courthouse security. Brown said the safety budget is done for 2021, and there are no plans to ask for any emergency funding.

Lafayette installs first state-of-the-art traffic signal

Sensors were taken out and replaced with a camera system and collects real-time data for the city.

City of Lafayette to preserve historic building facade

Part of a historic building in Lafayette is being saved, brick-by-brick.

Columbian Park Zoo uses gift to honor former volunteer

The armadillo medallion was paid for with the gift given by Gary and his wife, Jo Ann Branson.

Tippecanoe County changes COVID-19 vaccination location

The new location is on Maple Point Drive next to the Payless Supermarket.

Jail and community corrections expansion plans changing

County corrections will add areas for addiction programs, and a new building next to the jail will house administrative positions.

Tippecanoe Co. Health Department adding dedicated position to needle exchange program

This person will be dedicated to the county's needle exchange program. That's something the department has never had before.

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Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 592709

Reported Deaths: 9340
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Marion818931301
Lake44495668
Allen32035543
Hamilton28533305
St. Joseph26847372
Elkhart24132341
Vanderburgh18759213
Tippecanoe17482122
Johnson14583285
Porter14464160
Hendricks13931242
Madison10600213
Vigo10513174
Clark10300132
Monroe9109108
Delaware8861133
LaPorte8825155
Howard7916138
Kosciusko788877
Warrick648290
Hancock642597
Bartholomew629294
Floyd6184105
Wayne5956157
Grant5848110
Dubois546172
Boone536367
Morgan519491
Henry496164
Marshall494984
Cass473160
Noble462157
Dearborn461344
Jackson416145
Shelby404279
Lawrence382075
Clinton366340
Gibson357856
DeKalb338563
Montgomery336651
Harrison332642
Knox328239
Miami311243
Steuben308742
Adams296535
Whitley295525
Wabash293945
Ripley293745
Putnam286847
Huntington285058
Jasper284434
White268438
Daviess262172
Jefferson253138
Decatur242882
Fayette242448
Greene235660
Posey232826
Wells230147
LaGrange224761
Clay218732
Scott217337
Randolph209041
Jennings193235
Sullivan189331
Spencer182717
Fountain180425
Washington178218
Starke172041
Jay163122
Fulton160230
Owen160137
Carroll153015
Orange152133
Rush150818
Perry148727
Vermillion145533
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Parke12908
Tipton128432
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