Charlene Cristobal spent four years at WCTV in Tallahassee, Florida, before joining the FOX59/CBS4 team in 2018 as a reporter for our morning news shows.

She is a graduate of Florida State University and a proud dog mom, as well as a member of the Asian American Journalist Association.

Recent Articles
  • Local groups step up to help Indy’s homeless population as temperatures increase

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It’s heating up across central Indiana. For many of us, it’s uncomfortable, but it could be dangerous for the city’s homeless population. Local groups are taking steps to ensure the homeless population stays cool as the temperatures rise. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Wheeler Mission are working to make sure the homeless have places to go and are being checked on regularly. “We go to every camp in the city at least once a week,” said IMPD Officer Phil Smiley. […]

  • Local girl gives ‘Peace Bears’ to help those diagnosed with cancer

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – We’ve told you about Camp Little Red Door. It’s a special camp in Indiana where children with cancer or in remission can go and just be kids; where they can go and have the traditional summer camp experience. Camp LRD is set to kick off on June 16 and when the kids get there, they’ll get a special red backpack filled with goodies – including a special bear. It’s called a “Peace Bear” and it was started by […]

  • 3D-printed portraits give some Indianapolis students new perspective

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — When you walk through the halls of any school, you’ll see pictures hanging on the walls of students past and present. But at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, they’re doing things a little differently this year for their graduating seniors. “I think about the fact that our students for so many years had their photographs taken as graduates and never had the opportunity to really experience the photograph,” said Superintendent Jim Durst. In a […]

  • Anthony Baumgardt gets life in prison without chance of parole for murdering Boone County Deputy Jake Pickett

    BOONE COUNTY, Ind. – Anthony Baumgardt will spend the rest of his life in prison without the chance of parole for murdering Boone County Deputy Jake Pickett in March 2018. Baumgardt changed his plea to guilty in the case to avoid the death penalty. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty and Baumgardt originally asked for the death sentence. His case was set to go to trial next year. In April 2019, the plea deal was announced by Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen. […]

  • Meet the Indianapolis Zoo’s newest addition: Quinto the sloth

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – We all know someone who’s life consists of sleeping and eating. Add hanging out in trees all day, and you have the newest member of the Indianapolis Zoo! Quinto the sloth is the zoo’s first sloth, and he lives a pretty good life. “Quinto is 15-years-old,” said Quinto’s keeper Jessie Myers. “He loves lettuce, that’s one of his favorite foods. Pretty laid back and relaxed, he just hangs out in his basket all day.” What a life, right? Quinto came […]

  • Brownsburg man who shot former employee, covered body in concrete gets 30-year sentence

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A  judge sentenced Jason Hancock to 30 years in prison for killing a former employee and burying him in a concrete grave. Detectives say Hancock confessed to shooting 41-year-old Michael Marks, a former employee. He went into detail about he tried to cover up the crime, even knocking out all of Marks’ teeth and saying he wanted to make a necklace out of them. According to court documents, Hancock killed Marks because he took his things from […]

  • Hoosier welder paying it forward by donating metal to help students

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – These days, some reality shows are making welding more popular, but some people consider it a dying art. According to the American Welding Society, there will be a shortage of welding professionals in two years. “The welding situation is dire. I have customers asking almost daily, if not every single day, if we know of anybody looking for a job,” said Jesse Johnson with Metal Supermarkets on the East Side. “They need welders, they don’t have enough people on-site […]

  • Special needs choir in Indianapolis builds confidence, breaks down barriers

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A unique choir is helping children with special needs find their voice. “They do warm-ups, they practice their music but also they play games; they learn about the technical part of performing and music on a level that they can understand,” said Denise Shelby. Her son, Eric, is part of that choir group called Jubilate. The program is part of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, specifically for children with special needs. They focus on proper singing techniques, music theory and sight-reading. They […]

  • Indianapolis teacher changes students’ lives by taking them to camp at no cost

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – “If you give a child the opportunity, it presents them with endless possibilities.” That’s the motto of the camp experience started by 4th grade IPS teacher Julie Beaty. She started the camp back in 2005 as a chance to get her inner-city 4th graders out of the classroom and into a different environment. “Many times, there’s so much negativity,” said Beaty. “Many times, our kids are just surviving and just trying to just to get to school today or […]

  • Tiny home helps Zionsville father, daughter rebuild relationship

    ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – Could you live in a tiny home? It’s a growing trend where people move from a bigger home and live in a space between 100 and 400 square feet. A father and daughter in Zionsville took on the challenge. Now, their hard work will be featured on the popular show Tiny House Nation. But the home wasn’t just about downsizing for Stephanie and Jim Barber—it was about repairing the relationship between them. “I went tiny because I wanted the […]

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