Amanda Foster is a general assignment reporter who joined WBTV News in August of 2017. She came to us from WJCL in Savannah, Georgia.
Since arriving at WBTV, Amanda has followed various stories. She says some of her favorite include the growing popularity, regulation and education of CBD in North Carolina, and the process of Charlotte acquiring the 2020 Republican National Convention. She says her most memorable story – by far – is when she was live outside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Headquarters setting up her live shot and a man police were on the hunt for, came by and started shooting at officers walking out of the building. She was a witness of the ambush, and also a reporter going live minutes later to give a firsthand account.
By working the late evening shift, Amanda is a go-to reporter for WBTV when it comes to breaking news and crime, but she says she also appreciates taking a wider look at what’s going on and telling stories about people making a difference and impact in our area.
Amanda was born and raised mostly in New Jersey, before her family moved to Alabama. She attended Auburn University (War Eagle!) where she majored in Journalism, minored in Marketing, and was involved in the on-campus television station Eagle Eye TV, and ESPNU.
After graduation, Amanda stayed south, heading to the charming city of Savannah to work as a reporter for WJCL. There, she provided extensive coverage of the removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol, historic flooding that ravaged South Carolina in October of 2015, Savannah’s most violent year of crime in 25 years, and a busy presidential campaign season.
When she’s not working, Amanda enjoys trips to the beach, creating her own jewelry – she makes earrings for half the ladies in the newsroom! – and spending time with her husband.
As news of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney’s upcoming retirement spread Monday, some groups that work closely work with CMPD expressed their support of the chief’s plan to officially retire, then return for the Republican National Convention.
“I see this terrified little boy, he was seven, eight years old, kind of jumping. I don’t know if he was trying to wake her up, just kind of jumping up and down and trying to wake her up, I think. And that’s when I realized, oh my gosh, there’s nobody driving that car.”
Concord says it has 13 officer vacancies soon to be filled, but it is planning for others to leave in the next six to 12 months. The strategy now includes marketing those jobs better than surrounding areas, and appealing to those out there who still want to sign up.
Activists and community members including the 12 who spoke at the commissioners meeting Tuesday night, say this new policy will drown lower income people in the community, and make them afraid to call 911 when they need it.
The mother says she was told after her complaint, that the school will be bringing police officers into the classroom to have an open discussion about the reading. She adds that she supports that decision, but her daughter will not be a part of it.