Famous People From Carmel, Indiana: Jake Lloyd, Ted Allen, Steve Inskeep, and More

The list of Carmel notable residents is impressive, considering Carmel, Indiana was deemed just another Indianapolis satellite city for many years. Since its recent spurt of astonishing population growth, however, the Indiana city has attracted ever more notable residents, as it has attracted more of just about everything. Here is a list of the some of the most famous of Carmel’s residents, with brief descriptions of each.

Ted Allen grew up in Carmel, Indiana and took a degree in psychology at Purdue University. Over time, he became first a copy writer, a food critic, then a cast member on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” a popular reality program on television. He was frequently a judge on “Top Chef” and “Iron Chef America,” and presently hosts two food shows, “Food Detectives” and “Chopped.”
James Brainard was born in Bristol and went to school in Elkhart, Indiana. He moved to Carmel after studying for a law degree in Ohio, bringing his new family with him. Brainard is the current mayor of Carmel, at this writing, and has ushered in an exceptionally prosperous era for the city.
Steve Inskeep is a well-known radio host who had a great deal of success on National Public Radio and currently hosts the NPR news program, “Morning Edition.” He also worked at WMKY-FM in Kentucky as a sportscaster. Other famous shows he has appeared on are “All Things Considered,” “Car Talk,” “Talk of the Nation” and “Weekend Edition.” Inskeep is a Carmel, Indiana native.
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Jake Lloyd has landed several TV series and commercial slots, including many episodes of “E.R.” and “The Pretender.” He went on to win  roles in some successful films, including a co-star role with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle All the Way. His greatest success to date, however, was landing the role of Anakin Skywalker in the mega-movie Star Wars, Episode I: the Phantom Menace.
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Dorothy Mengering, born in 1921, is best known as “Dave’s Mom,” from the “David Letterman Show.” She made several appearances on that late night program via telephone, before she was promoted to covering the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer for “The Late Show.” It was during that stint that she asked Hillary Clinton if her husband could fix David’s speeding tickets. Known for her regular satellite spots on Thanksgiving, she does a feature called “Guess Mom’s Pies.”
Tommy O’Haver grew up in Carmel and took a degree in Journalism and Comparative Literature from Indiana University before studying at the prestigious University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He became a screenwriter and film director of note.
Josh McRoberts – A Hoosier born and bred, Josh McRoberts was born in Indianapolis but grew up in Carmel, where he was a star power forward for the Carmel High School basketball team. McRoberts played for the Duke Blue Devils before being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers. He was eventually traded to the Indiana Pacers, thus completing the Indiana circle for the Indianapolis sports figure.
Mark Herrmann – A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Mark Herrmann was a star quarterback for the Purdue University Boilermakers, leading the Boilers to three consecutive bowl games and earning several Most Valuable Player awards. Though he wasn’t as successful in the NFL (he played for the Indianapolis Colts and several other teams), Mark Herrmann is still a legend of Indiana sports.

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