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