She’s back, again. After working at KKCO 11 News in High School (go Fruita!) and again right out of college, Amanda Wagner returns to the Western Slope as the News Director at KKCO 11 News.
She’s no stranger to the news business, in fact she’s been involved in one aspect or another for more than a decade. Amanda worked at KKCO as a production assistant during high school and fell in love with the fast-paced environment of a newsroom.
After graduating from Fruita Monument High School, Amanda left the Western Slope, but didn’t go too far. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with Dean's List honors from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
After internships in Denver at KCNC CBS 4 and KDVR Fox 31 and graduation, Amanda returned to the Grand Valley and started her broadcast career as the Anchor of 11 News Today. After two years, Amanda felt she should see what else was out in the world. Amanda jumped at the chance to move to Madison, Wis. and work as a Reporter/Weekend Anchor.
Wisconsin had plenty to offer, (have you ever had a cheese curd? There's nothing bad about them) but the overall experience wasn't what she had expected or hoped for. “I learned sometimes you don’t know what you have until it’s gone,” explains Wagner.
It didn't take long for Amanda to realize that her priorities were in Western Colorado, where her family and friends were. “I want the news I cover to affect me, and my family. Working at KKCO 11 News I get to tell stories that impact me and my family in Western Colorado. The stories in our newscasts are of people just like me, and my loved ones. I didn’t have that personal connection working away from home.”
So she’s back and happy to be here. Amanda takes pride in bringing a local perspective to local news in Grand Junction. If you ever have a news story you would like Amanda to tell, e-mail her.