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(Indianapolis, Ind.) Governor Mike Pence will award the late and legendary WTLC Broadcaster Amos Brown, with Indiana’s highest honor, The Sachem Award 2015. 

The ceremony will be will be Thursday, January 12th. Amos Brown’s name will be enshrined in the Statehouse Rotunda upon the Governor’s presentation promptly at 12:00 PM. This event is open to the public. 

Amos Brown, 64, passed away November 6, 2015 while visiting his parents in Chicago, IL.


The Sachem, whose name comes from the Algonquin term given to leaders who exhibit wisdom, judgment and grace and whose character underscores the importance of moral example, is given annually by the Governor to Hoosiers whose life and character exemplify these qualities. 

Previous recipients include college basketball coaching legend John Wooden; the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and world statesman; philanthropist Jane Blaffer Owen; and gospel music singing and songwriting pioneers Bill and Gloria Gaither. 

This is the 10th year in a row this award has been presented to notable Hoosiers. The Governor plans to present the posthumous award to the family of Amos Brown. With this recognition, Amos Brown’s name will be enshrined in the Rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse.

In a press release Gov. Pence said “Amos Brown was such a man and he will be dearly missed. For more than 40 years, Amos Brown used his extraordinary talents as a broadcaster and thought leader to serve as a passionate advocate for Hoosiers. The life and legacy of Amos Brown will leave an indelible impact on Indianapolis and our state. Amos used his voice as a platform to address some of the most challenging issues facing underprivileged and underserved Hoosiers. From education inequality, racial and socioeconomic issues, Amos Brown strived each and every day to improve lives. For all these reasons, I can think of no one more deserving to receive the state’s highest honor than Amos C. Brown III.”