Anchor/Executive Producer of Digital Content
Amanda Hara joined the Local 8 News team in February of 2012. She anchors the 6 and 11 PM newscasts on WVLT and the 10 PM newscast on CW Monday through Friday and serves as an Executive Producer of Digital Content. She's been honored with several Emmy awards and more than two dozen nominations, multiple Edward R. Murrow awards, and several Associated Press awards including one for "Best Reporter" in Tennessee and "Best News Anchor" in Tennessee.
She might be from Snoqualmie, Washington, but Tennessee truly is home. Her family moved to the Volunteer State when she was studying at Washington State University. After graduation, Amanda followed her family south and saw her brother off to college at University of Tennessee.
Amanda landed her first job in Evansville, Indiana where she covered a devastating tornado that killed 25 people, filed reports for both CNN and the Weather Channel, and covered a series of stories that prompted change at a local animal shelter.
As a longtime equestrian, it was only fitting that Lexington, Kentucky was the next stop for Amanda. She grew up showing Hunter/Jumpers, helped her mother breed, deliver and train three foals on their small horse farm, played on the Washington State University Polo Team, and then started competing in Eventing. While at WLEX in Lexington, Amanda was awarded an Emmy for a report on the historic Keeneland racetrack. She even worked at a thoroughbred farm in the mornings, helping break horses for the track. Lexington is also where Amanda picked up her first thoroughbred, "Unafraid" who she now keeps with her in Knoxville.
Amanda's career came full-circle when she moved back to Tennessee to work at WTVF in Nashville. That's where she had the opportunity to share incredible stories alongside some of the most talented photojournalists in the entire country. Amanda was awarded an Emmy for her coverage of a Nashville firefighter who was sickened by hazardous materials while on the job. She also received Emmy nominations for stories about a homeless mother attending college, a therapy dog working in Vanderbilt's pediatric cancer wing, a massive horse rescue, and many others.
Amanda's very first job as a journalist came at the age of 8, when her parents allowed her to start a small neighborhood newspaper selling 25-cent copies. After reporting on missing pet hamsters and garbage pickup day, she realized there was much more to journalism and that television news was the path to follow. She says no other medium combines pictures and words to create such powerful messages.
Amanda is a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sister of East Tennessee, a board member for Horse Haven of Tennessee, and a board member for Girls, Inc.
When she's not at the station, she's being herded around by her two Welsh Corgis "Sparkle" and "Pippin", preparing for the next competition on her horse Unafraid, and looking for new ways to give back to East Tennessee.