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.

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Students at St. Joseph Central Elementary took advantage of National Bike to School Day today by meeting up in a nearby park to bike to school together.

Kids and parents met in a nearby park in Jonathon Oaks to bike the few blocks over to the elementary school on Wednesday morning.

They were joined by teachers and bike patrol officers to ensure the trip was made safely. Principal Susan Tieman said with so many students in biking or walking distance, it's important to encourage safe habits.

FORT WAYNE CHILDREN'S ZOO

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo unveiled a plaque Wednesday honoring the legacy of former executive director Jim Anderson.

Anderson worked with the zoo for more than four decades and met his wife on the grounds. The plaque is on display in the Z.O.&O Railroad plaza, where Anderson and his wife first met.

 

In a statement released by the Zoo, board president Chuck Surak said "I have known Jim for many years and can tell you what a complete joy it has been to work alongside him as a board member.

 

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Fort Wayne Philharmonic Musicians held a rally with supporters to ‘restore the music’ on the Allen County Courthouse Green on Saturday, another protest of management’s treatment of musicians over the past year.

 

Several speakers from both around the community and the country came to show support for the musicians, decrying management’s use of the pandemic to furlough musicians.

 

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Northcrest Elementary School took part in the Great American Cleanup Wednesday, in a continued effort to teach students about community, acts of service and the environment as part of school pride.

The fourth and fifth grade classes at Northcrest Elementary took to the sidewalks outside of the school today with plastic bags and gloves to help pick up litter in the area.

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The Northeast Allen County Board passed a resolution to continue with its original reopening plan from July Monday amid continued tensions over masks.

The board heard nearly three hours of public comments from parents, students and residents during the meeting. The resolution, however, was approved before those comments began.

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Some Fort Wayne community members came together Friday evening to celebrate the guilty verdict in the case against Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

 

Last May, Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, leading Floyd to suffocate. On Wednesday, a jury found Chauvin guilty on two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter.

 

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Members of Fort Wayne’s Sikh community gathered this weekend to honor the memory of the eight people killed during a shooting at a Fedex facility in Indianapolis on April 15.

 

The Sikh Temple in Fort Wayne organized the candlelight vigil on Saturday evening, bringing about 30 or 40 of its members together to pray and honor the victims of the shooting.

Eight people were killed when a gunman began shooting at a Fedex facility in Indianapolis earlier this month, and four of them were members of the Sikh community.

Debates over the continuation of a mask mandate at Northwest Allen County Schools have continued over the past few weeks, leading to a divide within the school board.

 

On Wednesday, the board brought in five health professionals to discuss the reasons why students should continue wearing masks through the last few weeks of school, according to WANE-15.

 

Board President Kent Somers said he was not “in full agreement” with the statements from health professionals.

 

JULIE LOTHAMER

In a year of working from home, lockdowns and take-out food, it’s been important to find ways of occupying your timeat home. Many people have picked up new hobbies or habits during the pandemic, due to an increase in free time or boredom. 

 

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The Northwest Allen County School Board held a public work session during its meeting Monday to address parent concerns over the continued mask mandate in schools.

The session came after a heated discussion at the last school board meeting, in which some parents argued against the district continuing to require masks in schools.

Travis Striggle is a parent of two students at NACS and began the facebook group Unmask NACS Students Now, which now has more than 500 members.

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