Alyssa Ivanson is NewsChannel 15’s ’15 Finds Out’ investigative reporter and fill-in anchor. She joined the news team in January 2006 and has worn many hats at the station, including serving as weekend anchor for eight years.
Alyssa has covered a wide variety of stories, sending her through firefighter training, ice rescue training, in the air with Parkview’s Samaritan and around the Indy 500 Speedway. Alyssa has interviewed many local and state news makers as well as several high-profile people including Barack and Michelle Obama, Dr. Oz and Larry King. “My favorite part of this job is never knowing what I’ll be doing on any given day. I love getting to meet so many people in the community.”
In her ten years with WANE-TV, Alyssa has been recognized for her work both nationally and on the state level. Most recently, she was nominated for two regional Emmys. Her awards from the Indiana Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and the Indiana Broadcasters Association include Best Reporter, Best Documentary, Best Continuing Coverage, Best Enterprise Story, Best Breaking News Story, Best News Series and Best General News Story.
Alyssa’s Fire Power series, in which she went through training and spent a 24-hour shift with the Fort Wayne Fire Department, was given national recognition from the International Association of Fire Fighters. Alyssa also won the national Bill Leonard Award from the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, for her story about a local radio operator who met President Bush.
A Los Angeles, Calif., native, she moved to Indiana when she was 11. Not one to forget her roots, Alyssa sometimes jokes and calls herself a “Californi-Hoosier.” “I have many great memories from California, and I love going back to visit, but my real home is here in Indiana.”
Alyssa graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University’s Honors College with a degree in Telecommunications, although her broadcast journalism career began before college. Alyssa has known television news is what she wanted to pursue for as long as she can remember. “The news business is exciting; each day presents new challenges and rewards. I love meeting so many new people and never knowing what each day holds.” In high school Alyssa was a show host and DJ for Bedford’s WBIW 1340 AM. Her senior year, she created her own weekly news program; and it was truly a one-woman show! Alyssa did all the writing, editing, producing and on-air work.
Alyssa wasted no time getting involved at Ball State either. She began working for the school’s student-produced newscast her freshman year and was quickly promoted to one of the main anchors. Alyssa also worked as a reporter/anchor for NewsLink Indiana, a professionally-run news program on WIPB-TV in Muncie. She filled-in on the anchor desk for two years and served as the program’s main anchor her senior year. Also while at Ball State, Alyssa loved working as a campus tour guide and Orientation Leader. “It was so much fun to meet all the people coming to campus, but best of all, now I’m an expert backwards-walker!”
In college, Alyssa was awarded the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for her work on the morning program on WBST 92.1 FM. Alyssa was the first recipient of the Jack McQuate Associated Press Scholarship and a three-time winner of the Indiana Broadcaster’s Association Scholarship. Alyssa also won an award from acclaimed network news anchor Steve Bell.
When not uncovering the latest story, Alyssa is active in the community volunteering for Fort Wayne’s Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2014, she was named National Big Sister of the Year. Alyssa also enjoys baking cool cakes, running 5K races and hosting game nights with friends.
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