Hi, I’m Amanda, and I’ve been in Utah most of my life! When I was 8 years old, I made my own radio station in my room called “Lightning ABC Radio.” I recorded hours of tapes with me as the DJ, the commercials and yes, even the musical artists! So you could say I always wanted to be in media, but I wasn’t serious enough to make it in hard news!

In middle school, I was the cartoonist for the school newspaper, and in college, became the Arts and Entertainment Editor for its paper, The Globe. I was hired while still in college to be a writer for The Salt Lake Tribune’s entertainment magazine, In Utah This Week. But after I interviewed all my favorite rock stars I was ready for a new adventure! I became a rock DJ at a 94.9 The Blaze, and did entertainment segments for Park City TV.

My first actual news job was at KUTV as an assignment desk editor, but was soon promoted to help launch and produce their first lifestyle show, “Fresh Living.” Later on, I moseyed on over to 101.5 The Eagle to co-host their morning show and had a lot of fun mingling with Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley, but man, did I miss TV! So I returned to KUTV to do weekend feature reporting for a few years.

Now, I’m at KSTU as a host on “The Place,” and I’m back in my happy place of delivering information in a fun, quirky way with one of my mentors Big Budah (but don’t worry, even though I also do some of our commercials, I don’t sing our theme song)!

I’m also married (to another reporter) and a mom to a grade-school boy, a dog AND a horse! When I’m not on TV or hugging animals, I’m teaching Yoga with the Sharks (really!), guiding people in meditation, and giving inspiring talks.

Thank you for reading this, and for watching Fox13! If you ever have an idea for a fun segment, email me!

Recent Articles
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    Too Much Trash, a unit spearheaded by teacher Rita Lewis, was implemented this year in the fourth grade at Valley View Elementary. Rita explained that Too Much Trash is a Project Based Learning (PBL) endeavor. She said PBL focuses on enabling students to face real-world situations and problems, and that it prepares students to meet and accept challenges in the world, mirroring what professionals do everyday in the workplace. Too Much Trash is changing the way Valley View Elementary and […]

  • How to make your own pumpkin spice creamer

    If you look on a bottle of pumpkin spice creamer from the store, you may see a bunch of ingredients that you can’t even pronounce! And let’s talk about how much creamer you have to buy every year – that can get expensive! So I adapted a recipe that simplifies your morning creamer and makes it more affordable, while still capturing the fun of Fall! 1 cup canned coconut cream 1/2 cup almond or almond-coconut milk 2 TBl canned pumpkin […]

  • How the hosts got their vampy Halloween looks for 2019

    Makeup artist Bobbi Farnworth transformed Amanda and Budah into very posh vampires for Halloween! You can find her on Instagram and Facebook! The costuming was from Fear Factory, who are staying open through Nov. 2, 2019!

  • Zero Hunger Hero: ‘Starving’ students at the U rescue food for those in need

    We usually refer to college students as “starving,” but there’s a group at the University of Utah who is actually helping to feed the hungry in Utah. “Since starting in 2015, our grand total has been 42,000 pounds [of food] that has been recovered.” That’s Adriann Liceralde, a University of Utah student who volunteered so much at the U Food Recovery Network that he became the president of the organization. “The most rewarding I would say is when we deliver […]

  • ‘Boo’ your neighbors with this DIY door-sign from AR Workshops

    At a gathering with my friends recently, two of them were raving about something called, “AR Workshops.” One said, “It’s the perfect date night!” The other said, “You make things that you’ll actually want to display in your home!” So I had to see what all the buzz was about! Ginger Vilchinsky owns the AR Workshops location in Holladay, Utah (there are franchises across the country) and specializes in helping people create beautiful items while empowering them with DIY know-how. […]

  • Protect Every Child calls ending child abuse ‘the Civil Rights Movement of our time,’ How you can help

    Protect Every Child – a nonprofit association and coalition dedicated to raising awareness on and the prevention of child abuse – will host its inaugural March for the Children in Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 5. More than 5,000 people are expected to participate in the first major march to raise awareness and end child abuse. Founder Sam Young stopped by with VP of SNAP’s National Board Judy Larson to tell us about how widely spread child abuse and […]

  • Zero Hunger Hero: Gourley Principal Briar Mattucci

    At David Gourley Elementary, they’re serving their students beyond academics. “I always knew I was going to be a teacher.” Briar Mattucci is the Principal of David Gourley Elementary School, where more is on her shoulders than just the educational needs of her students.. “Just ensuring that all the kids have what they need when they come to school, so that when they’re in the classroom, they’re focused on the achievement piece of it,” she said. Gourley is classified as […]

  • September is National Family Meals Month. Here’s how to make it happen!

    September is National Family Meals Month designed to support families to enjoy more quality time together over home cooked meals and, as a result, reap many health and social benefits. Our guest today is Aubriana Martindale, Smith’s Corporate Affairs Manager. 1. What is the aim of National Family Meals Month? The aim is simple: families should pledge to have one more meal together, at home, per week. More than 8 in 10 parents say it is important to eat at […]

  • How to turn dried chamomile flowers into loose-leaf tea

    Tea-loving Amanda Jones, here with hopefully a money-saving kitchen hack you’ll love. I happened to purchase some flowers from a local grocery store and noticed they were “chamomile!” I love chamomile tea, so when they finally past their prime in the vase, I wondered if I could harvest the still beautifully smelling flowers for tea! The Internet said I absolutely could! Simple pull or trim off the flowers. If they are not all the way dried yet, lay them in […]

  • Never been fly fishing? This husband-wife guide team make it as easy as a click of a button

    Never been fly fishing?  All you need is to hit “book now” to be geared up and lead out on a Heber Valley adventure with Wilderness Access Outfitters. Married couple Kate and Bryan Silvey took Amanda and Big Budah fly fishing on the Provo River. We had been fishing before but are still at that beginner level, and didn’t have any equipment of our own. Luckily, the Silvey’s outfitted us with everything we needed to hit the water and start towing […]

  • Zero Hunger Zero Waste Hero: Dolores Lopez of Gourley Elementary

    The food pantry at David Gourley elementary school is great for ending hunger, but it really doesn’t do any good if people can’t ask for what they need. This month’s Zero Hunger Hero features a special volunteer who’s helping her community get exactly what they need from the pantry. “The Spanish thing is a big deal around here; there’s a lot of Spanish population,” says Kearns resident Dolores Lopez. She’s sent all five of her children to nearby Gourley elementary, […]

  • 2-ingredient recipe to wake up your eyes!

    It’s hard to see your eyes looking puffy or tired. And who knows if the cream I just spent fifty bucks on is actually working! So I did some research on natural ingredients that are found in many eye de-puffers and came to a richly dark conclusion: Coffee! Coffee is well known as a caffeinated drink that makes you feel alert. But did you know, according to reports, it also makes your skin wake up when used topically? This article […]

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