Melea VanOstrand

Melea VanOstrand is happy to call Fort Wayne home! The Indianapolis native joined FOX 55 News in August 2017.

Title: Anchor

Melea VanOstrand is happy to call Fort Wayne home! The Indianapolis native joined FOX 55 News in August 2017.

Before coming to FOX 55, Melea was a weekend anchor and reporter at KOTA Territory News in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is a proud alumna of Central State University, an HBCU in Wilberforce, OH and a current graduate student at Boston University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

When she's not on air, Melea loves to spend time with her daughter and family, binge-watch TV shows, travel, read, and find cool places to eat (especially seafood spots).

If you have any story ideas (or restaurant suggestions), shoot Melea an email at, and follow her on Twitter @meleavo.

Recent Posts by Melea VanOstrand

Uptick in flu activity prompts visitor restrictions at local hospitals

The past few weeks, hospitals are seeing a rise in the H3N2 flu virus.

Missing Kendallville man found dead

John W. Slone, a 42-year-old male, was reported missing on Valentine's Day by his mom, Linda Slone.

UPDATE: Amber Alert for 5-year-old Fort Wayne girl cancelled

An Amber Alert was issued after a 5-year-old Fort Wayne girl was forcibly taken by her non-custodial father. The alert is cancelled.

Affected by the 737 MAX groundings? Local travel agent has advice

In Fort Wayne, BAE Systems has a production facility that manufactures the spoiler control system that is on a 737 MAX 8 aircraft. It affects the lift of the plane.

How to spot and protect against child sexual abuse

According to the National Center for Victims of Crime 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are a victim of child sexual abuse in America.

Uncertainty for local Family Dollar stores

There are currently 9 Family Dollar stores in Fort Wayne and 7 Dollar Trees. Right now, it is unknown if any or all of the Family Dollar stores here in Fort Wayne will will be closed or abandoned, but there is some concern.

12 CASA volunteers sworn in at Allen County Courthouse

CASA an organization dedicated to helping abused and neglected kids now have 12 new court appointed advocates.

Crews making good progress on Tree Canopy Trail by riverfront

The Parkview Tree Canopy Trail, which stands about 20 feet above the ground and water level, is nearing completion. The trail is part of Riverfront Fort Wayne construction project.

How to find quality local childcare

Specialized patient care at Lutheran Hospital will be expanding soon but to expand, space will need to be taken from Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool, associated with the Lutheran Child Development Center.

Indiana Tech and University of Saint Francis reach agreement to help students

Education majors at Indiana tech can now finish their degrees and teacher licensure for elementary education or special education at the University of Saint Francis.

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