I’m thrilled to be reporting in the Hoosier state and helping to tell the stories in our community!
I joined the CBS4/FOX59 team as a reporter in June 2018. I moved to Indianapolis after living in East Tennessee for two years – reporting for WATE 6 On Your Side in Knoxville. During my time there, I covered several national stories like the deadly Gatlinburg wildfires and Chattanooga school bus crash in 2016. I also did extensive coverage on the drug epidemic in East Tennessee.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, the University of Southern California was my dream school. I received my bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. I also minored in Political Science. During my time on campus, I reported, anchored and produced for the award-winning ‘Annenberg TV News’.
For two years, I was also involved with USC’s Spirit Leaders. I led stadium wide cheers during football games in the famous Los Angeles Coliseum.
Most of my family lives in California but I’m so happy to be close to a few aunts and uncles who live in the Indianapolis area.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and travelling.
If you want to learn more about me, feel free to reach out!
KOKOMO, Ind. – For the first time, we are hearing from two of the inmates facing charges after an investigation into a homicide and kidnapping in Kokomo. They tell us they are innocent. It’s been two weeks since police said a woman — LaShay R. Young-Beard — was found shot to death behind a home in Kokomo and investigators discovered a man tied up in a bathtub with duct tape on his mouth. The victim reportedly had binding on his […]
ANDERSON, Ind. – A dog is getting help after the Madison County Human Society claims someone found her in a box in a dumpster. The shelter explains the pit bull mix named Nestle has one of the worst infections it has ever seen. The shelter manager, Nikki Moore, said someone dropped off the dog on Thursday. “They thought she had acid poured on her and they were afraid she was not going to make it,” said Moore. Thankfully, that was […]
HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. — The prosecutor in Hancock County is now filing charges against people who overdose and he is getting help from the Greenfield Police Department. They hope this aggressive approach gets more people the treatment they need. Prosecutor Brent Eaton and officers think this could save lives. “The choice to do nothing when people are dying doesn’t seem to be a good choice,” said Eaton. Eaton struggled with this idea, yet stories about overdose calls from first responders […]
FORTVILLE, Ind. — The Fortville Police Department said it needs to nearly double its patrol staff to handle the demand in the town. Right now, there are eight full-time patrol officers working for the department. Chief Bill Knauer said his department does not have the double coverage they need. He explained that most of the time, there is only one officer patrolling during a shift. According to the Bartell Formula of Manpower Allocation, the chief claims his department needs a […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Parents whose students go to Decatur Elementary Learning Center are concerned after administrators said four staff members developed serious illnesses in the last two years. The superintendent, Matthew Prusiecki, sent a message to let parents know that the district contacted third-party companies to investigate if the staff members’ illnesses are linked in any way to school facilities. Those companies are ACT Environmental and pH2, LLC. Of the four employees, two of the them work at Blue Academy […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Authorities announced federal charges Friday against five people accused of running a drug trafficking organization in Anderson and Indianapolis. Authorities say they seized more than 25 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at around $250,000. They also claim to have seized 10 pounds of cocaine and 50 pounds of marijuana. The following people were charged in the investigation: Charles House, 27, of Anderson Sean Brown, 25, of Anderson Tommy Compton, 39, of Indianapolis Marcus Hayes-Patterson, 34, of Anderson Gregory Hendricks, […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears is calling for change after noticing a loophole in Indiana’s Red Flag Law. Right now, even if officers temporarily take away someone’s gun, that person can still go to a gun store and purchase one while the case is open. “We ultimately don’t benefit if those individuals have access to firearms if they are not of sound mind,” said Mears. Mears believes family members are courageous when they ask police to take […]
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Victim and Witness Assistance Program is helping police investigate violent crimes. After a violent crime, police say a witness or victim may be afraid to share information. Sometimes they fear retaliation. While the program is not witness protection, it does help people feel safe and allows prosecutors to hold the criminals accountable. “That is one of the biggest pieces the community can play is just providing us the information,” said Deputy Chief Craig McCartt of IMPD. […]
WESTFIELD, Ind. — Westfield Washington Schools is partnering with an app to meet the everyday needs of students and families. After downloading the Purposity app, you can help someone in just a few seconds. “Today in technology we are able to order gifts, coffee, anything off of our phones, and we are so good at it that this app kind of ties that in,” said Ashley Knott, the Westfield Rocks family experience facilitator. Knott works for Westfield Washington Schools to […]
ANDERSON, Ind. – An Anderson couple is worrying about their family in China as the number of coronavirus cases goes up. Their daughter-in-law, Diana Kirchenbauer, and grandchildren are on lock down in Wuhan, the epicenter of this outbreak. Diana is from Wuhan. Her husband, Chris Kirchenbauer, grew up in Anderson. Diana traveled to the city to celebrate the Chinese New Year with her parents. Now, she and her two young children are cooped up in an apartment as they try […]