Charlene Cristobal joined the FOX59 team as a morning reporter in October 2018. She comes to us from the sunny state of Florida. While the weather is a bit cooler than she’s used to, she’s excited to be in the Hoosier state!

Before coming to Indianapolis, Charlene was an anchor and reporter in Tallahassee, Florida, for four years. She’s won several AP Awards for her work. Most notably for her coverage of the FSU Strozier Library shooting and special reporting of the solar eclipse.

Charlene’s dad proudly served in the U.S. Navy for more than 25 years. So, she’s traveled and lived all over the world. She spent most of her childhood overseas in Sasebo, Japan. When her family came back to the States, they decided Jacksonville, Florida, was a good place to retire.

Charlene decided to move about three hours away to go to college. She is a graduate of Florida State University.

When she’s not working, her favorite things to do are eat, read, travel, eat and spend as much time with her dog Willis. Did we mention eat?

She is a storyteller at heart, so if you have any story ideas, food recommendations or anything at all, she’d love to hear from you!

Twitter: @charcristobal
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Recent Articles
  • Carmel mom inspired by son to start theater group for young Hoosiers on the Autism spectrum

    CARMEL, Ind. – Something new is coming to The Cat Theatre in Carmel. A special Cabaret production put on by the Carmel Spectrum Players will have its inaugural show on November 1, and they are looking for more performers to be in the show. The Carmel Spectrum Players believe anyone, especially those on the Autism spectrum, has talent, and those talents deserve to be shown on a world stage. Sometimes all they need is an opportunity to shine, and that’s what the group hopes […]

  • Hoosiers remember 9/11 at downtown ceremony, memorial announces expansion

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Hoosiers across the state took part in ceremonies to remember September 11, 2001. In downtown Indianapolis, many came to the 9/11 memorial on West Ohio Street to pay their respects, share their stories and have a moment of silence to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost – including nine Hoosiers. After a somber moment of silence, the 9/11 Memorial Committee announced their plans to expand the 9/11 Memorial into an even bigger space. The committee also launched […]

  • Crews start 3-year project on SR 37 in Hamilton County; busy intersections will be replaced with roundabouts

    FISHERS, Ind. — INDOT and several city officials will break ground on a big road project in Hamilton County on Monday. Crews will replace several busy intersections along State Road 37 with roundabouts to help ease traffic headaches for the over 50,000 people who drive along this road every day. The State Road 37 Improvement Project has been in the works since 2016. According to INDOT, it will ease traffic congestion and public safety challenges along the road. Here’s a […]

  • Online school helps some Indianapolis students feel safe and independent

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As talks continue in Daleville after the closure of two online charter schools, many parents are looking for different online options for their students. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to online learning. It’s not a good fit for every family, but for the families that it is, there are many options, especially in Indiana. One of those options is Connections Academy, which has over 4,000 students enrolled right now. The students receive a strict curriculum, a teacher for […]

  • Special shelter in Muncie gives older, disabled dogs a place to call home

    MUNCIE, Ind.– Finding a loving home for a dog can often times be difficult. It can be even harder if the dog is older or disabled. In Muncie, the Muncie Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) saw the need for a special place for those animals and now it’s become a reality – it’s called Jeff’s House. It was named after Jeff Ross, he passed away about two years ago from cancer. His parents and Ross were big supporters of ARF and […]

  • Faith leaders want Gov. Holcomb to do more to stop gun violence

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The group Faith in Indiana is calling on Gov. Eric Holcomb to take a stand against gun violence and hate speech. Tuesday morning, the group will gather to pray and deliver a letter to the governor. In the letter they ask the governor to “denounce the ideology of white supremacy” and introduce gun safety measures in next year’s legislative session. This comes after back-to-back mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio in which more than 30 people […]

  • Cancer survivor touts Little Red Door therapies: ‘My life became whole again’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Little Red Door continues to spread a message of hope for cancer patients and cancer survivors. This weekend, the organization will hold Cancer Survivors Day at the Indiana State Fair. The organization says it’s a time to open up a conversation of survival and optimism even with a cancer diagnosis. Hope may seem like a throwaway word to some, but to people who are battling cancer or are in remission, it means something more. It means a second chance […]

  • Delaware County EMS works to prevent SIDS cases with safe sleep program

    DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. – Last year, three infants died in Delaware County because of unsafe sleeping conditions. The youngest was just 2-months-old. Now, local agencies are stepping up to do everything they can to prevent deaths like these from happening. Delaware County EMS has a full program called “Play it Safe.” It involves many things including giving a crib and other safe sleep information to a family in need for free. “This actually kind of spawned from the prosecutor’s initiative on the Child […]

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica allows local residents to pay respect without traveling to DC

    GREENFIELD, Ind. — A special wall to remember those killed in the Vietnam War is open to the public in Greenfield. It’s called The Wall That Heals. It’s a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Organizers say the wall is meant to be a way for Vietnam veterans to find strength and healing. Also, many aren’t able to make it to D.C. to see the full-sized wall, or it’s just too painful for them to […]

  • Running with headphones: Is it more dangerous than you think?

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Runners have grabbed their headphones and trained for the CarmelFest Freedom run for months. But does listening to music while running outside put you in danger? We looked into the science behind your senses. “There [are] a few different factors–one is attention, of course,” said Dr. Hannah Block with IU School of Public Health. “If you’re distracted by your music or whatever you’re listening to, you’re paying less attention to your environment.” That could be a recipe […]

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