Melissa Crash is happy to be back home reporting in the Circle City! Melissa is from the northeast side of Indianapolis in Lawrence. She began her career at FOX59/CBS4 in October of 2018.

Prior to joining the FOX59/CBS4 news team, Melissa held several roles as the Morning Anchor, Reporter and Producer in Terre Haute. While in Terre Haute Melissa was nominated for two Emmy awards and an Associated Press award.

Melissa graduated from Indiana State University. Go Sycamores!

If Melissa is not at work you can find her trying new food spots around town or hanging out with her husband and her 100 pound dog, who thinks he’s a lap dog.

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Twitter: @MelissaCrash
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Recent Articles
  • Noblesville school counselors work to remove mental health stigma: ‘We have to find a way to manage it’

    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Schools across the state are taking action before it’s too late. Now more than ever, children are tackling adult issues like suicide, threats and anxiety. In a special report, CBS4 found out how Noblesville schools are turning tragedy into triumph. It’s about starting early. Half of mental health disorders start before the age of 14.  Schools are trying to remove the stigma–with school counseling beginning in some cases at only 6 years old. May 25, 2018, is a […]

  • Master plan unveiled for Nickel Plate Trail in Fishers

    FISHERS, Ind.– We’re getting our first glimpse at the Nickel Plate Trail master plan. The project has been a hot topic since 2017.  Now, the anticipated but controversial project is one step closer to becoming reality. Hundreds of people packed the Launch Fishers presentation room to get the first look at the renderings.  “The world is changing, we’re trying to evolve and adapt,” said Mayor Scott Fadness. Thirty public events later and 1,500 ideas submitted, the master plan has been unveiled. “There’s […]

  • IPS announces upcoming public meetings for feedback on next superintendent

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – On Friday, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) announced three meetings where Hoosiers are invited to voice their opinions. This comes as they gear up for a national search for the next superintendent. They’re trying to avoid confusion with transparency. Parents, teachers and community members are all invited to three open meetings starting in two weeks. The goal is to create the job description for the next IPS superintendent, based off qualities you think this leader should have. Who […]

  • Beacon of Hope Crisis Center explains why parents need to watch for teen dating violence

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – While many teens receive flowers or chocolates on Valentine’s Day, others will unfortunately fall victim to dating violence. CBS4 sat down with a panel of advocates who say, parents need to know the warning signs. Dating violence is starting as young as middle school. It can be difficult to spot, which is why the folks at the Beacon of Hope Crisis Center on the south side are wanting parents, caregivers, and friends to listen up. This panel of […]

  • Belzer Middle School opens food pantry to help hungry students weekly

    LAWRENCE, Ind.– Thousands of Hoosier children rely on their schools when it comes to finding their next meal. Belzer Middle School in Lawrence Township is no different, which is why they recently opened a food pantry. What sits behind a door in the back of the school could change a child’s life. “Most of the kids are very appreciative,” said Lakeitha Patterson, the Community and School Liaison for Belzer Middle School. Principal Andy Harsha said in just the first week, […]

  • ISTEP is out and ILEARN is in, but what makes this standardized test different?

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the first time in a long time, Hoosier students won’t be taking the ISTEP test this year. They’ll be taking a new standardized test called ILEARN. We’re just 10 weeks away from the anticipated launch and state education officials say this isn’t ISTEP 2.0. The Indiana Department of Education says glitches and scoring delays are a thing of the past. “We realized that overtime Indiana has had challenges,” said Charity Flores, the Director of Assessment for the Indiana Department of […]

  • Residents speak out on future of Broad Ripple Park: ‘That should be a last resort’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Controversy over Broad Ripple Park has both sides speaking out as the neighborhood plans to make room for development. The Department of Metropolitan Development recently approved a proposal for Indy Parks to transfer land. That land isn’t being used now, but it could be home to a medical clinic, along with a new community center. It also would mean the Indy Parks would make money off those businesses to keep the park open, but park visitors have questions. We spoke with two men with […]

  • DPW crews continue clearing city roads Friday evening: ‘Our crews are out there, we promise’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It’s been a treacherous day on the roads. Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) crews have been working around the clock trying to clear this mess before any refreezing becomes an issue. We heard from many people questioning was DPW prepared for today? The answer is yes, according to them. It was a dangerous Friday morning. “I was scared a little bit. I could die, literally like run into something,” said Christopher Sanders when explaining about his commute to […]

  • New research shows 200,000 Indy residents live in areas considered food deserts

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Using recent and local data, a group is trying to improve food access in Marion County. What they found is alarming. They say, an estimated 200,000 Indy residents live in food deserts. The Indy Food Council hosted its first System Shift Speaker Series event on Thursday. They discussed a new metric for measuring food access in Indianapolis and it shows a lot of work needs to be done to improve. Robert Hearst opened his grocery store two […]

  • Lack of government funding could mean big problems for local recovery center

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – On Friday, President Donald Trump lifted the government shutdown.  However, he warned if he doesn’t get a fair deal by Feb. 15, the government could close again.  This could be a potential problem for central Indiana shelters for domestic violence or drug addiction. It’s been several weeks of uncertainty at The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center. “Our arms are open, our heart is open, our spirit is open,” said Major K. Kendall Mathews, the Executive Director of […]

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