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, P.A.
Amanda Lamb has been a television reporter for thirty years—25 of those years she has worked for WRAL. In addition to journalism, Amanda is also an author. She has published 8 books-four memoirs, three true crime books and one children’s book. Her first novel, a psychological thriller, will be published in May 2020. She is working on another children’s book for the Tammy Lynn Center.
She is also working on a podcast for Capitol Broadcasting due to be launched this spring. It is a true crime podcast series in the vein of "Serial" called Follow the Truth which will take you on a journey as new information is uncovered about a high profile case. She frequently appears on national true crime television programs to talk about murder cases she's covered for WRAL.
She's been writing a weekly blog for WRAL.com under the go ask mom moniker for 10 years. She's also a public speaker speaking to community groups about everything from reporting to work life balance.
To learn more about Amanda and her writing you can go to her website or follow her on social media—Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
I grew up in the courtroom—my father was the District Attorney and my mother was also a family lawyer. My affinity for criminal law was honed at a young age. And while many of the stories I cover are tragedies, I am committed to handling the victims of violent crimes and their families with extreme sensitivity. I have been profoundly touched by the people who I have met along the way. 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 strength and resilience. I am honored to be invited into the homes and the hearts of the people I interview.
Television news has also given me the unique opportunity to take a ride on the coattails of other people’s adventures. Whether I am watching doctors perform brain surgery in Africa, being pummeled by hurricane or being taught how to navigate a riptide, I never tire of the opportunity to learn something new. Curiosity is the fuel behind all good journalism. My career has given me a window into the world and into so many diverse people’s lives. It’s an education I couldn’t have achieved any other way. And at the core of everything I do is storytelling. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has a story to tell. I hope to keep telling them for a very long time.
"The universe is made up of stories, not of atoms." – Muriel Rukeyser
Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, 1988, Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Master of Science in Journalism, 1989, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
Writing, running, cycling, paddle-boarding
Favorite Books & Movies:
I enjoy comedies and thrillers.
Likes Best About North Carolina:
The kindness of the people and the beach!
Most Memorable Assignments:
Learning how to survive a rip current
Hurricanes (Florence, Harvey, Sandy, Katrina, Floyd, Mitch, Fran, Bertha)
Duke East Africa Neurosurgery Program (Uganda, October 2017)