Ella Abbott

Multimedia Reporter

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience. 

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Ella graduated from Kent State University in 2020 with a bachelors degree in Journalism and a minor in Forensic Anthropology. Previously, she worked for WKSU in Kent, Ohio before moving to Fort Wayne to join the WBOI team.

Much of Ella's spare time is spent locating her next caffeine fix and spending time with her dog, Spartan.

ELLA ABBOTT / WBOI

Following protests last night that led to clashes with police and destruction of property in downtown Fort Wayne, city leaders came together today to discuss the events and their plans moving forward.

Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed, Allen County Sheriff David Galdieux, Mayor Tom Henry and leaders from United Way of Fort Wayne met with the media in front of Citizens Square.

Gladieux said when he first saw images of the protest at the Allen County Courthouse yesterday, he was glad to see them following laws and protesting safely. 

Provided by Jeremiah Miser

What began as a peaceful protest early Friday evening on Fort Wayne’s Courthouse Green turned into tear gas and riot gear by 8 p.m.

Photo provided by the Allen County Department of Health

The Allen County Health Department appointed a new commissioner Thursday evening after a unanimous vote on the nominee.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will be opening to the public in July, officials announced Thursday.

On July 4, the zoo plans to fully open at normal capacity, in compliance with the Gov. Eric Holcomb’s current orders.

Bonnie Kemp spokeswoman for the zoo says they always said they would follow the guidance of the state and health professionals on when they could reopen.

In light of coronavirus concerns continuing on into the summer, several cities are deciding to keep public pools closed for the season.

Thursday, Fort Wayne announced that while many parks and facilities would re-open, city pools would remain closed. Earlier this week, New Haven announced they wouldn’t be reopening Jury Pool for the summer.

Mike Clendenen is the superintendent of New Haven’s Parks and Recreation department. He says the decision not to reopen this year was a difficult one to make.

ELLA ABBOTT / WBOI

Thousands of people turned up for Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market this weekend as the vendors moved outside onto Parkview Field.

The market announced last week they would be moving onto the field in order to comply with continued social distancing recommendations. Vendors wore masks and set up their booths ten feet apart, unsure how much of a crowd to expect.

Sarah Allison owns Evananne Macarons with her husband. She says they were glad to continue to be a part of the Farmers Market in the new space.

ELLA ABBOTT / WBOI

The Allen County Public Library began curbside delivery for hold materials today at most of its locations due to a demand from customers.

Allen County Public Library customers can now pick up their holds at most of the library branches around the county. Customers with hold requests waiting for them can pull into the library parking lot and have the materials placed in their trunks.

Rebecca Green / Northeast Indiana Public Radio/WBOI

Fort Wayne Community Schools announced Thursday that their traditional graduation ceremonies would be replaced by a virtual commencement this year.

ELLA ABBOTT / WBOI

As Indiana begins to re-open following the weeks-long stay-at-home orders, Allen County residents now have better access to testing for COVID-19.

The Allen County Department of Health is partnering with Kroger to provide drive-through testing in Fort Wayne.

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