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.
This group is charged with coming up with the best way to remember Reed Parlier and Riley Howell, two students who were killed in an on-campus shooting at the school’s Kennedy building in April. The commission will also decide what to do with the classroom where this happened.
The school says they have everything they could need ready for the students, including mental health professionals on hand, to help deal with any potential worry over what is happening back at the coast.
Two judges, a police chief, an assistant public defender, and a district attorney, plus the community they serve, were all under one roof Thursday night to talk about rising violent crime in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.