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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  • How to clean 3 different types of produce with vinegar

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  • New Halloween trend replaces pumpkin with pineapple, and we try it out!

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