Amanda Zitzman

Anchor

Amanda Zitzman
Amanda Zitzman
Anchor
You can join Amanda Zitzman on the desk, with Co-Anchor Ty Steele, weeknights on KMTR Newssource 16 at 5, 5:30 6:30 and 11 p.m.

Amanda comes to the great Northwest from sunny Jacksonville, Florida where she worked for 3 years at WTLV/WJXX as the morning Traffic Anchor. She also Co-Anchored the News at Noon, in addition to solo Anchoring the Saturday morning 2-hour broadcast.

Amanda began her career in television news at WJXT-TV, when she was just 19 years old and quickly moved up the ranks, working as a Producer and Host for the "Jax Hot List," a short series of viewer-based votes on local shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. She started reporting LIVE at the age of 20, while still attending college full-time, holding titles of morning Producer and fill-in Traffic/General Assignment Reporter.

After graduating from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Electronic Media, Amanda joined the WTLV/WJXX First Coast News team in December 2010 as the Traffic Anchor. Within a year and a half, she was promoted to Sunday morning News Anchor and began covering the weekday noon newscast one month later. Soon after, she took over the local news cut-ins during the Today Show and Good Morning America weekday mornings, in addition to solo Anchoring the Saturday two-hour broadcast complete with active, LIVE interviews and guest segments.

Some of Amanda's top achievements thus far include an exclusive interview with a close friend of Casey Anthony at a peak time during Anthony's murder trial. Following Amanda's report, the witness appeared on Fox News and Nancy Grace. In addition, her investigation and subsequent follow up reports on drivers dangerously violating school bus stop arms directly assisted a new safety bill advance in the Florida Senate.

On the desk, Amanda stood by for emergency press conferences as Hurricane Sandy moved up the Florida coast. She also brought breaking updates on the lockdown of a local high school after an acid bomb was thrown on campus, and Anchored LIVE cut-ins as the First Coast learned of a major gambling ring and racketeering scandal involving top-ranking Florida officials.

Amanda is now thrilled to explore all that the west coast has to offer. She moved to Eugene in April 2013 as the new morning Anchor for our sister station, KVAL News; and was promoted to evening Anchor at KMTR a few months later.

She's very active in social media and LIVE tweets during broadcasts. You can follow her @AmandaZitzman on Twitter and Instagram. Or find her on Facebook.

Recent stories by Amanda Zitzman

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In a big win for Duck basketball, Oregon beat Arizona on March 8

It's following that victory in the early morning hours of March 9 that a woman says she was raped by three well-known basketball players.

In a 24-page police report, police recount the woman's graphic description of what she says began at a party.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR for more on this story
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A bomb threat forced all 11 residence halls on the Oregon State campus to evacuate Thursday night.

Around 7:15 p.m., an as yet unidentified person called OSU Department of Public Safety with the threat.

The threat didn't identify a specific residence hall.
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Oregon's own Laurenne Ross will be making her debut for the U.S. Ski Team at Sochi.

Ross grew up in Klamath Falls and now lives in Bend, when she's not traveling. She Skyped with NewsSource 16 from Italy, where she's training prior to Sochi.

"It's been a lot of work and a lot of fun, a lot of really neat experiences and I wouldn't trade it for anything else."
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More than ever before, social media will help connect the world to the Winter Olympic games this year.

"I have some social media," said alpine skier Ted Ligety. "I Instagram. I tweet, and facebook."

"Most of the pictures I post are of different landscapes, places I get to go to," freeskier Gus Kenworthy said.

"I love being able to show what we do as athletes all over the world," cross-country skier Kikkan Randall said.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR at 6:30 and 11 p.m. for more on this story
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Maxwell Maciejewski's aunt and uncle, Laurie and Aaron Heuser, want to honor the 2-year-old's memory by giving to other young children this holiday season.

"He had a lot of joy. He had a lot of love," said Laurie. "I want to make sure that there's some kind of joy or some kind of light that comes out of all this darkness."
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Marco Vasquez saw the start of the deadly confrontation between a police officer and a man on an dirt bike Wednesday.

"I'm still kind of taking it in a little bit, because you don't see somebody get killed every day," said Vasquez, 16.

Around 2:45 p.m., Vasquez saw a school resource officer he knows as "Officer John" had a motorcyclist pulled over.

Police said it was routine traffic stop.

Vasqeuz said Officer John had the suspect put his hands in the air.

"He got a knife from him. It was 9 or 8 inches and he put it on the ground," he said.

In that split second, Vasquez said, the suspect fled on foot.

"The guy took off," he said.
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Dana Bishop was accused of spying on a young Springfield girl and secretly videotaping her in her bedroom. He was charged with invasion of privacy.

The girl's mother, Chrystal Stutesman, said Monday she's relieved but frustrated the man will likely only spend a few weeks in jail.

Bishop was arrested back in March. Police say he drilled holes into the side of his home to hide a video camera to capture the 10-year-old from her bedroom window.
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When KMTR NewsSource 16 searched the state sex offender registry, Jeramy Ball didn't show up.

In Oregon, only those convicted sex offenders considered "predators" are posted in the online searchable database.

That's less than 5 percent of the estimated 23,000 registered sex offenders in Oregon.

But Ball fit the definition. Why wasn't he on the website?