Meet Amanda Lanum
I grew up in northeast Kansas and graduated from Jefferson West High School in Meriden. Like many small town kids, I wanted to leave home and see what was “out there,” so I packed my bags and headed to Waco, Texas to attend Baylor University. (Sic ‘Em Bears!)
During my time at Baylor I had many amazing opportunities to explore my professional options. I spent a semester with a Baylor communications program living in New York City, interning for FOX News. I also used that time to work on an NYU Short Film, which was an amazing and exhausting experience! That semester helped me decide that I wanted to be a television news producer. While interning at FOX, the executive producer of the show I worked with said to me, “The best anchors and hosts I’ve ever worked with started as producers.” That has always stuck with me. I decided I would learn how the news machine works from several different angles.
I began working in production running teleprompter, camera, air control and graphics at KWTX in Waco, Texas while I finished school.
I officially joined WIBW in September 2006, producing Live at Five and the weekend evening newscasts. I moved in front of the camera as a reporter in September 2008. Eight short months later, I became co-anchor of 13 News This Morning.
In January of 2014, five months after welcoming my first child into the world, I began a new program at WIBW called MomsEveryday. While my husband and I are learning this parenting thing (I don't think we'll ever stop learning!), I thought I'd share some of the answers and information I find with other parents across northeast Kansas. When baby #2 arrived, a change in schedule was needed, and I rejoined the morning crew in October 2015.
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, cooking, playing with my kids, reading and jogging. You can find me at as many community races as I can sign up for! Being a mom has slowed down my running (figuratively and literally!), but it's something I'll continue for as long as my body will let me.
My husband, Tanner, grew up in Topeka and is a financial representative with Thrivent Financial as well as a member of the Topeka Active 20-30 Club. We actually met when he was a sports reporter/anchor at WIBW! We've both always called Kansas home and plan to raise our kids here.
Feel free to e-mail me if you have any story ideas or just want to say hello!