1994 to present: crime reporter, WRAL-TV; 1991 to 1994: reporter, WMTW-TV, Portland, Maine; 1989 to 1991: anchor/reporter, WPDE-TV, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 1989: reporter, WCOJ Radio, West Chester, Penn.
In addition to being a TV news reporter for 20 years, Amanda is also a published author with seven books out and another on the way.
Amanda's most recent book, “I Love You to God and Back” chronicles a yearlong prayer journey with her 6-year-old daughter. A children’s version (published in February 2013) is also available. She is also the author of three true crime books based on murder cases she has covered for WRAL News and two parenting humor books. To learn more about Amanda and her writing visit her website or Facebook page.
"The universe is made up of stories, not of atoms." – Muriel Rukeyser
My goal is to cover crime stories in an accurate and timely manner. But maybe even more importantly, I am committed to handling the victims of violent crimes and their families with extreme sensitivity. I have been profoundly touched over the past few years by the people who I have met while covering their tragedies – the loss of a child, a parent, a spouse. Although some may see the stories I cover as depressing, I see them as an opportunity to show the public how even in the depths of despair there is always some glimmer of hope and humanity that allows us to better understand these situations. I am honored to be invited into the homes and the hearts of the people I interview.
Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, 1988, Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Master of Science in Journalism, 1989, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
Bryn Mawr, Penn.
Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
My children, writing and running
Favorite Books & Movies:
Humorists are my favorite authors. I enjoy comedies and thrillers.
Likes Best About North Carolina:
The people and the weather.
Most Memorable Assignments:
Highlights include: Covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf states, scuba diving with sharks at the North Carolina Aquarium in Manteo, skydiving and covering the move of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.