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Krista Miller to co-anchor 6, 11 p.m. ABC21 newscasts

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Krista Miller will make her return to the local airwaves in March as the 6 and 11 p.m. co-anchor for ABC21 News, station officials announced.

A Decatur, Ind., native and Bellmont High School graduate, Miller studied electronic journalism and received her bachelor’s degree from Butler University. She began her broadcasting career with WOWO radio in Fort Wayne, anchoring the morning news.

In 2014, Miller moved to what is now “Fort Wayne’s NBC” for her first job in television.

After several years as an anchor and reporter for that station, Miller accepted an offer to anchor weekday afternoon newscasts for ABC affiliate KAKE TV in Wichita, Kan.

Two years later, she’s headed back to her roots.

“I’m thrilled to return home!” Miller said. “To work at the station I grew up watching is a blessing. 21Country is rich with stories, and I hope viewers will choose us as their home for news.”

In her new role, Miller will join veteran ABC21 evening anchor Brien McElhatten on the news desk. Miller and McElhatten wed in 2019 and will become one of a handful of married anchor teams in the country.

The station’s hour-long 5 p.m. newscast features McElhatten alongside anchor and chief “Digging Deeper” reporter Kaitlyn Kendall.

“We couldn’t be more excited about Krista’s homecoming,” ABC21 Vice President and General Manager Merry Ewing said. “Her skills as a journalist and broadcaster are matched only by her passion for our community. It’s our pleasure to welcome Krista back to 21Country.”

ABC21 is the 2019 recipient of the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting, two regional Emmy Awards and the Spectrum Award presented to the Indiana Broadcasters Association’s Station of the Year. It is owned by Quincy Media, which operates television stations and digital properties in 16 markets, along with one radio station and two newspapers.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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