Amanda Arnold, Anchor/Producer
Amanda was born in Atlanta, grew up in Houston, worked in television markets across the country, and has called Dothan home since 2005. Throughout her life, she often visited her grandparents, aunts, and cousins here, and after dodging four south Florida hurricanes in 2004, “…heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” (Genesis 37:17)
A graduate of University of Iowa, with a B.A. in English, Secondary Education, and Speech & Dramatic Arts, Amanda began her television career at WHO in Des Moines, working part-time nights and weekends as a floor director and studio camera operator, in production. After a year, she was the first woman hired in news, as general assignment reporter and on-set consumer reporter. The following year, she was hired as reporter and weekend anchor/producer for WAVE-TV in Louisville. A year later, she was hired at WBAL in Baltimore as weekday noon anchor and reporter. After two years, Cleveland’s NBC owned-and-operated WKYC hired her as prime anchor of its 6 and 11PM newscasts. Two years later, instead of following the trajectory of a network news career, Amanda chose to return to Houston, where she anchored KHOU’s 5, 6, and 10PM newscasts for five years, and sang in her husband’s country-rock band, until “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” prompted her own bands, “Station Break” and “Metropolis.”
Music and acting led her to Los Angeles for five years, until Houston called her home again, before business opportunities in television production beckoned from Orlando, Miami, and West Palm Beach. After the death of her longtime love from pancreatic cancer, following invaluable help during his care by a Houston hospice, Amanda returned to Florida to work at Boca Raton’s Hospice and Homecare By The Sea for several years, as Director of Community Relations.
In Dothan, after launching Amanda Arnold Communications, she worked as a free-lance writer for Dothan Magazine, a speechwriter, consultant, video producer, public relations executive, book editor, and fundraiser for various clients and non-profits—before and since earning her Master of Arts degree in Communications from Florida State University, in 2009.
In March, 2020, the coronavirus pandemic motivated Amanda to move back into television news. “With the story of our lifetime unfolding before our eyes, it suddenly came to me that I could no longer sit as a viewer on the sidelines. I am deeply grateful to WDHN—after such a long and winding road—for the opportunity to come full-circle.”
On April 27, 2020, Amanda’s TV news career began again, as the morning news anchor/producer of “Wake Up Wiregrass,” airing from 6 to 7 weekdays.
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