About Fanchon Stinger
Fanchon Stinger is the evening news anchor for Fox 59 News 5, 6, 7 and 10 p.m. in Indianapolis as well as co-Founder and Chairman of the board for her foundation Grit & Grace, Executive Producer, anchor/reporter of Community Hero series highlighting people who make a difference in central Indiana (2010-2020) and Actress, God’s Not Dead: A Light In Darkness (2019)
In 2020, Stinger became a bull owner in PBR (Professional Bull Riders ), partnering with Chad Berger and Daniel & Melissa Brunner in the ownership of the bucking bulls “Stinger” and “Lill Hott,” under the care of award-winning bull stock contractor Chad Berger who competes on the PBR tour. In 2021, she co-founded and launched the charitable initiative Grit & Grace, inspiring middle and high school girls to lead with courage through exposure to successful female mentors and western sports. Stinger will be providing mentorship programs and scholarship opportunities nationwide plus appearing at PBR events during the 2022 season, hosting deserving girls and sharing her unique message of family, faith, and freedom.
Stinger has received numerous awards and recognition as a professional journalist, host and speaker. She has won 15 Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, most recently Best Series Societal Concerns 2016; Best Evening Newscast 2015; plus, 12 others in various categories, including Best Anchor and Best Reporter. The Associated Press-Michigan named Stinger Best Reporter in 2000. She also was the Society of Professional Journalists finalist for Young Journalist of the Year 2002; Best Spot News Reporting for her coverage of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City; and Best General Reporting for her investigative report busting a fake doctor. Other awards include, the United States Department of Health and Human Services awarded Stinger its highest honor, the Inspector General’s Integrity Award; The 2016 Service to Mankind Awards District and Club from Sertoma Club; The 2018 & 2015 Inspire Award for Mentor of the Year from College Mentors for Kids; The 2008 Flame of Inspiration Award from Compuware for leadership in the Metro-Detroit Community.
In addition to serving as co-founder and Chairman of the Board for Grit & Grace, Stinger currently serves as Board Member & Conference Host, Truth at Work Int’l Christian Leadership Conference (2014-Present); Board Member, Life Centers-Indiana ( Present ), Host, Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast for Athletes in Action (2015 NCAA Basketball tournament), Board Member, Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault; Board Member Peace Learning Center-Indianapolis,(2010-2012); Board Member, Focus2020 Indiana Business Leadership Initiative (2013-2014); Member, Midwest Outreach Team for CWAM Super Service Challenge (2013); Board Co-Chair, Women Empowering Women Indianapolis, IN; Chair, Host of “Girls Matter”(2005-2010), a weekend conference for more than 1,000 girls ages 7-17 and their parents building leadership and self-esteem. Stinger served on the Board for Vista Maria (2002-2008), Michigan’s largest treatment center for girls who suffer from severe abuse and emotional trauma. She served as Chairwoman for Vista Maria’s Annual Celebrating Women Event (7 years). She has also served as Chairwoman: Committee of 100 for The Black United Fund of Michigan. Jackets for Jobs, The National Black Minority Business Assoc., The Muscular Dystrophy Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, Michigan Humane Society, and The Martin Luther King Assoc. have also honored her over the years.
Stinger maintains strong ties to the community and a deep commitment to enrich the lives of young people, young professionals, and women through motivational speaking and seminars, through her foundation Grit & Grace, and involvement with the following organizations: Girls Night Out International, Gleaners, Mid-West Food Back, St. Vincent Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Indianapolis area Schools, National SIDS Alliance, “Prom Gala” Substance Abuse Prevention Program, Detroit Urban League, Vista Maria, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Detroit Public Schools and various other school districts, Think Detroit, the Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, Children’s Hospital, Angela Hospice, United Way and the NAACP.
Stinger was a FOX 2 News anchor and reporter for 11 years in Detroit, Michigan. She co-anchored FOX 2 News Morning weekdays along with daily reporting duties and was an investigative reporter in the FOX 2 Problem Solver unit and the editor of “Gen Next Honor Roll,” a special news feature profiling outstanding young people in Metropolitan Detroit. She was host and executive producer of “Front and Center with Fanchon Stinger,” an in-depth half-hour special focusing on current issues in Metro Detroit.
Born and raised in Detroit, Stinger graduated from University of Michigan with honors, completing a dual Bachelor’s degree in English and communications. She enjoys reading, walking her dog Arie, traveling the world, including attending PBR events, and experiencing other cultures. Stinger is actively involved in and attends College Park Church in Indianapolis.
About Stinger and Lil Hott
I never wanted to be just a bull owner. Grit & Grace Bulls is so much more! I told my partner Chad Berger, (Chad Berger Bucking Bulls) from the start, “I want Stinger and Lil Hott to know I’m their Mom! I want them to know my voice, know they’re loved, and I want them to have the best life possible!”
The first time I saw Stinger compete in person I was like a proud Mom. I went through alot for that moment to become reality. It was so emotional because it represents the metaphor of my life; developing the grit to fight for your dreams, to get back up no matter what life brings, and to experience the power of grace it all brings to your life. That is how the vision for Grit & Grace came alive!
The beauty of Grit & Grace is that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, every young lady can be part of Grit & Grace Nation. We are bringing girls together from around the country to learn from influencers, positive role models, and other women who lead in every area of life, culture, home, animal welfare, and western sports. It’s about preparing them personally and professionally. This is the Grit and Grace, PBR, and Be Cowboy way!