Tennessee news anchor Amanda Hanson tragically dies aged 38

The Memphis community is reeling from the shocking passing of beloved local TV news anchor, Amanda Hanson, at the young age of 38.
The heartbreaking news was confirmed by Memphis station Action News 5, where Amanda had been a cherished member of the team.

In a statement, the Tennessee TV station expressed its profound grief, saying: "We are devastated to announce the loss of our colleague Amanda Hanson. Amanda, a beloved journalist, Memphian, colleague, and friend, joined the Action News 5 team in 2021 and was the driving force behind the Action News 5 Digital Desk."

Amanda's journey in journalism had deep roots in the region, as she had previously worked at K8 News, a local Arkansas TV station. Per the New York Post, she dedicated her talents to K8 News from 2010 to 2015 and then returned from 2018 to 2021.

The station shared the devastating news that she had faced a "medical emergency earlier this week and died from complications."

No further details about the circumstances of her passing were provided.

Amanda had recently celebrated her marriage to her husband, Darren. This joyous event was celebrated with a touching video shared by her sister, featuring Amanda and Darren "dancing in their newly remodeled kitchen." Her colleagues said the wedding brought her "immense joy".

"Amanda was a great journalist and dear friend to many," K8 News shared, emphasizing her infectious energy, unwavering dedication to her co-workers, and her innovative spirit. Beyond her work, Amanda enjoyed cooking, hiking, and cherished moments spent with her beloved dog, Asher.

A wave of condolences flooded social media platforms as the news of Amanda Hanson's passing spread.

Her former colleague Ryan Vaughan wrote on Facebook: "Amanda Hanson was a great journalist, fun coworker, and so genuine. As much as we are hurting, I can’t imagine how hard this is for her family. Pray for them. Such a huge loss."

And Justin Logan from Fox 56 Weather added: "I’m heartbroken to share that my dear friend, longtime colleague and Dance Party Friday buddy, Amanda Hanson KAIT, has died. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers."

"She was a light. She was kind. She helped everyone. She loved people. What you saw on TV was who she was. She was my dear friend and I’m just heartbroken. I’m so thankful for the memories, so many wonderful memories," Logan continued. "I know her location. She’s in heaven dancing with Jesus and watching over all of us. I love and miss you, Amanda. Thank you for being a friend!"

Memphis radio station Q1075 also paid tribute to their former colleague, sharing" "We at Flinn Broadcasting are saddened by the passing of Amanda. Amanda was a part of our team for a period in the early 2000s as a weekend DJ. Her energy and passion for life and her love for her family were one of a kind. We are thinking and praying for her husband and family."

Our thoughts go out to Hanson's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Action News 5 paid tribute to Amanda Hanson on its website, praising her tireless efforts and innovative spirit in the world of journalism. The station acknowledged her pivotal role as a close advisor on all things digital, particularly her excellence in social media. Amanda's boundless energy and creativity propelled her to work tirelessly behind the scenes to enhance news coverage.

K8 News remembered Amanda for her vibrant and fun-loving personality, a side of her that often shone during her Good Morning Region 8 program. She and her crew would famously celebrate Dance Party Fridays, earning her the affectionate nickname "Dancin’ Hanson" among her colleagues.

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