Amanda Barren rejoined the WSAZ News Team in December of 2012 to co-anchor First at Five with Bill Murray. Now she co-anchors 5:30 Edition, WSAZ NewsChannel 3 at Six and Tonight, along with the ten o’clock news on My Z.
During Amanda’s time away from WSAZ she went to work in her hometown of Cleveland. As a reporter there she braved the lake-effect elements, traveled London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl. Unfortunately her favorite team, the Cleveland Browns, wasn’t playing but, forever an optimist she plans to go back when they finally do.
Amanda started her career in the Mountain state in Parkersburg. After that she went back north, spending three years in Erie, Pa. There she started as the crime, government & courthouse reporter and then moved on to anchor “Good Morning Erie.”
In 2006 Amanda fulfilled a goal by coming to WSAZ to work. Amanda watched WSAZ while she was working towards her degree at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Impressed by the storytelling and the passion for hard-work that WSAZ put on the air each night she knew she wanted to be a part of the team. For nearly four-and-a-half years she was a member of the WSAZ Charleston newsroom as a reporter, and on the weekends she worked in Huntington as the anchor of the weekend newscasts.
In 2012 when the opportunity to work on “First at Five” became available she couldn’t pass it up. She says it’s a privilege to be a part of a show she has always admired.
Amanda has interviewed Presidents and celebrities but her favorite people to do stories about are ordinary people facing extraordinary odds or doing extraordinary things.
She is passionate about mental health, the welfare of children and animals.
Amanda lives in Charleston and is mom to three children with four-legs, Tyson, Joe, and Toby.
She knows your ideas make the best stories. Please feel free to email her Amanda.Barren@wsaz.com if you have information you’d like to share.