300x300_wsbt_south_bend1301 E. Douglas Road     Mishawaka, IN 46545
Phone: 574-233-3141     Fax: 574-288-6630

WSBT-TV went on the air in December 1952, one of the first Ultra High Frequency television stations in mid-America and the first UHF station in the nation to produce a “live” telecast.

WSBT’s history has been full of other firsts…first UHF station to telecast a high school basketball tournament, first station to present a closed-circuit telecast of a college football practice, first Indiana station to transmit a color picture, first to establish news bureaus, first to produce morning and noon news programs and first to take its news on the road with live, remote telecasts.

WSBT is a CBS affiliate and serves northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.

South Bend’s population is 100,800 (source 2012 census).

Key Executives: Sally Brown is President/General Manager of WSBT Radio and Television. John Haferkamp , News Director; C. Eugene Hale, Chief Engineer; Chris Dautel, Vice President, Finance and Business Affairs, Scott Leiter, Operations Manager, Jim Suski, Director of Sales.

Mission Statement: The WSBT-TV Mission is to be the dominant, highest-rated TV station and content provider across all day parts and platforms, while attracting and growing talented dedicated staff, maximizing revenue and operating profit and concurrently providing exemplary and genuine public service and servant leadership to our community.

South Bend is the home of Notre Dame University and its rich athletic tradition. It was also once the home of Studebaker. While the plant is closed its history is preserved at the Studebaker National Museum. Major industries include Allied Signal and AM General.

Median Age of Adults: 44 years old

Homeowners: 60% of adults own their home (source 2012 census)

Education: 84% of adults have a high school education or higher, 23% have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, 21% have some college education (source 2012 census)

Household Makeup: 30% have children under 18 at home (source 2012 census)

Household Income: 48% have household incomes of $50,000 or more (source 2012 census)

Source: 2000 Market Study

WSBT-TV Departmental Email

News Department


Sally Brown, President & General Manager


C. Eugene Hale, Chief Engineer

Mike Green, Assistant Chief Engineer


John Haferkamp, News Director, Executive Producer


Scott Leiter, Operations Manager

Pat McGovern, AM Production Supervisor

Rod Copley, PM Production Supervisor


Michelle Jewell, Programming Coordinator

Promotions & Public Affairs

Scott Leiter, Creative Customer Services Manager/Operations Manager

Josh Taylor, Director of Promotions

Michelle Jewell, Executive Assistant


Ted Smucker, National Sales Manager

Gregg Richardson, Local Sales Manager