WVLT’s Amanda Hara leaving to anchor at Nashville sister-station
Amanda Hara, anchor of WVLT’s evening newscasts, will be taking on a new role within Gray Television. Hara will join WSMV 4 News as Morning Co-Anchor and Director of Digital Content.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Amanda Hara, anchor of WVLT’s evening newscasts, will be taking on a new role within Gray Television. Hara will join WSMV 4 News as Morning Co-Anchor and Director of Digital Content.
Amanda started at WVLT in 2012. She has spent the last decade covering some of the biggest stories in East Tennessee, including the death of Zaevion Dobson. She was one of the first on the scene when wildfires engulfed Gatlinburg in 2016 and she helped lead WVLT’s coverage when Carly Trent, a missing Rogersville girl, was found safe.
She’s dedicated hours to researching Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and uncovered dangerous holes in Tennessee’s daycare regulation system after two toddlers tragically died while in the care of an at-home daycare.
While we saw her work in front of the camera she also led the WVLT digital product as the Executive Producer of Digital Content.
“When outsiders come to East Tennessee - they are in awe of the natural beauty that we are lucky to wake up to every morning. But here’s what they come to realize once they spend a little time here. The breathtaking mountains are simply a backdrop for the real beauty: the people who live among them. Every smile is genuine, every kind word is sincere, and every gesture is heartfelt. Ten years ago, I was that out-of-towner. You embraced me like a longtime friend and you were right by my side as I got married, became a mother, and navigated life as a working mom. You have shared your darkest hours and your happiest moments, your fears and worries, your hopes and dreams. And it has been an honor. When out of towners leave East Tennessee they are better for it. They are better for the encounters they’ve had with you, no matter how fleeting. Your magic rubs off on them. And, it’s certainly changed me. Thank you East Tennessee for everything. You’ve given me more than you know.”
Amanda has been honored with 13 regional Edward R. Murrow awards, two National Murrow Awards, nine Emmy awards along with more than two dozen Emmy Award nominations. She was named ‘Best Reporter’ and ‘Best Anchor’ by the Tennessee Associated Press twice.
Hara served as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sister of East Tennessee, a board member for Horse Haven of Tennessee, and an advisory board member for the American Cancer Society. She also sat on the board for the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding.
Amanda’s last day on air will be on November 23.
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