Melea VanOstrand joined the KOTA-TV news team just weeks after her May 2014 graduation from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
Melea earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and has had a passion for journalism since her sophomore year in high school when she enrolled in a reporting program in her hometown high school in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Never wavering from her goal, she completed four successful radio and television internships during her college career. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
The youngest of seven children, Melea is a trans-racial adoptee who has traveled to over 20 countries with her family. For this peripatetic traveler, the change in geography is exciting and challenging.
Melea looks forward to meeting the people and exploring the stories and places that make KOTA Territory so unique. She particularly hopes to return to her lifelong avocation of horseback riding.
If you see Melea around, don’t hesitate to say “hi” and you can also follow her on Facebook at Melea VanOstrand KOTA or Twitter at @meleaKOTA .