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Amanda VanAllen


Amanda VanAllen

Birthplace: Chicago, IL

Education: Oberlin College (undergrad), New York University (grad)

Current Position/Job Duties: Reporter

Previous Work Experience: ABC News (producer), Fios 1 News (Reporter, Long Island, NY), WFMZ (Reporter, Allentown, PA)

Joined News 5: October 2017


Twitter: @VanAllenNews

Facebook: @VanAllenNews

Most Memorable Stories: There’s too many to count. I’ve helped families reunite with their lost loved ones, I’ve interviewed all kinds of influential people (including presidents and presidential candidates), but doing everyday stories where I help get justice for everyday people are my favorite.

Awards/Honors: I have been honored with two Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award.

News Philosophy: I do what I do for you. My job is to get access to places you can’t and ask questions you want answers to. Every story I do (hopefully) provides a service, whether I’m telling you about a crime that’s happening in your neighborhood or helping someone right a wrong. I'm always looking for ways to make your life better and keep you informed. If I'm not doing that, please hold ME accountable.

Role Model: Oprah Winfrey

Favorite Sports Teams: All things Chicago—Bulls, Bears, White Sox

Favorite Music: 90’s R&B , Country

Favorite Movie: Grease

Favorite Program: Anything on ABC—duh!

Favorite Book: Assata: An Autobiography of Assata Shakur

Favorite Food: Lasagna from Lorenzo’s in Oberlin

Family: An amazing wifey!

Hobbies & Interests: I like buying Groupons and trying weird stuff—some of my favorites include belly dancing class (I quit after the first, salt cave relaxation, and Beyonce themed Zumba.

You're most likely to see me around town at: At a wine tasting, running on a trail, at the beach or wherever there’s a food truck close.

Hidden Talent: Honestly, I have no talents. I’m not upset about it, it’s just the truth.

What I like best about Northeast Ohio: Some of my friends from college live in the area so it’s nice to reconnect and have friends who already know how crazy I am!

On the weekends I love to: Watch Netflix , try new workout classes and take mini roadtrips.

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