Amanda Lamb has been a television reporter for more than 30 years—26 of those years she has worked for WRAL. In addition to journalism, Amanda is also an author. She has published 10 books-four memoirs, three true crime books and two children’s books. Her first novel, a psychological thriller, was published in May 2020. She is working on two more novels to continue the mystery series.
She is also working on several true crime podcasts for Capitol Broadcasting due to be launched in 2021. She frequently appears on national true crime television programs and podcasts 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 more than a decade. She's also a public speaker for community groups on topics ranging from crime reporting to writing to work-life balance. In 2018, she started Stage Might, company which coaches people making presentations from the ballroom to the boardroom.
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 a family lawyer. My interest criminal law was developed at a young age. And while many of the stories I cover are tragedies, I am committed to interacting with the victims of violent crimes and their families with compassion. I have been profoundly touched and humbled by the people who have shared pieces of their lives with me. Although some people may see the stories I cover as depressing, I see them as an opportunity to reveal that 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 intense wind and rain in a 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. At the core of everything I do is storytelling. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has a story to tell. I hope to have the privilege of continuing to tell your stories 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, hiking
Favorite Books & Movies:
Anything that makes me think critically or laugh.
Likes Best About North Carolina:
The beauty of the people and the place. There’s no better place to be outdoors than here.
Most Memorable Assignments:
Protests in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death
Covering the coronavirus pandemic
Hurricanes (Isaias, Florence, Harvey, Sandy, Katrina, Floyd, Mitch, Fran, Bertha)
Duke East Africa Neurosurgery Program (Uganda, October 2017)