Miller leaving Fort Wayne NBC for Wichita

Staff Writer

Decatur Daily Democrat

    Krista Miller, Decatur native and current Fort Wayne’s NBC co-anchor, recently announced after 3.5 years she will be leaving not only Fort Wayne’s NBC, but Indiana as well, to venture to Wichita, Kansas, where she’ll join KAKE-TV as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter.
    “It’s a wonderful opportunity, and I am thrilled to take the next step in my career,” Miller said in a social media post. “But that doesn’t mean it was an easy decision. I have been so privileged to work in northeast Indiana, where I’ve lived practically all my life. It’s home. It’s where my family is. It’s where my friends are. It’s everything I know.
    “I have had so many wonderful opportunities, and I’ve met people along the way who have profoundly impacted my life.
    “I’ve done a lot of reflecting the past few weeks on my time here at Fort Wayne’s NBC, and I’ll be sharing some of those thoughts on (here Facebook page) in the coming days, as I finish my last week at the station.
    “In the meantime, I want to thank all of you on here who have supported me from day one. You will never know how much it means to me.”

  Miller graduated from Bellmont High School in 2009, where she took a radio and TV class she said she enjoyed.
  “It was so much fun,” Miller said at a chamber luncheon in early January. “Maybe getting a job in journalism would be something that I would just be happy waking up every day to.”
    Miller then attended Butler University, where she was introduced to Fort Wayne’s WOWO radio station via an unpaid internship, one she didn’t really want in the first place. However, Miller now says taking the internship was the best decision she could have made.  
    “I just immediately had these flashbacks of listening to Rush Limbaugh as a kid with mom and dad,” she said, “and I thought ‘no, I do not want it.’”
    After she graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism, Miller was offered a job at WOWO as the morning show anchor. After a few months, NBC 33 expressed interest in simulcasting an hour of WOWO’s morning show on their TV station. NBC 33 brought in cameras to the radio station, where Miller was ultimately discovered by the NBC news director and was hired for a position as a news anchor.
    “It was a great opportunity,” she said, “I couldn’t believe it. I was 25 and I was a main anchor at a Fort Wayne news station.”
    After two years, the company was bought out and Miller was shifted to a weekend show. It was not what she wanted, Miller said.
    According to Miller — who shared a sample schedule with chamber members at the January luncheon — her week would start at 3 p.m. Saturday when she would read her scripts for the 6 p.m. show, do her makeup, anchor the show live, then produce the 11 p.m. show.
    Since she was the one producing the show, Miller was in charge of the script for the show, including both stories and everything she would say on air. She was in charge of deciding what stories to discuss, the order they went in and the importance of each story, which taught her to be careful about the things she was saying.
    “That was on me,” Miller said. “It made me even more careful about what I was saying and what I was writing.”
    Miller repeated this schedule on Sundays.
    Monday through Wednesday she worked as a reporter. She would come in during the afternoon and sit around a table with other reporters, anchors and news directors to discuss story ideas and events happening around the community.
    “Sometimes its something someone saw on Facebook, it’s something one of their sources gave them. For me, it’s what’s happening in Decatur.”
    Miller said she was thankful to Decatur for helping her reach her potential.
    “Decatur is such a special place. I’ve always loved Decatur.”
    Miller said her family recently celebrated the 12 year anniversary of her brother’s “Angel Day,” the day they lost him. She recalled the first time her family came back from the hospital after her brother was sick and seeing all of the “Pray for Brian” signs. She recalled the well-wishes, donations, cards and phone calls the family received.
    “It’s so telling of Decatur that they support their own, and they always have,” she said, “I hope you’ll follow along with me on this next journey” in Kansas.