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Hileman Award Winner - Anne Holt


Anne Holt

Anne Holt

News Anchor
WKRN-TV News 2
Nashville, Tennessee

 

After three decades of anchoring the news in Nashville, Anne Holt is more than a familiar face, she is a trusted friend.

A four-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and recipient of the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for the investigative documentary "Under the Influence," Anne is recognized by her peers throughout the Mid-South as an outstanding role model.

Anne is one of 13 children born to a family of sharecroppers in West Tennessee. Working various jobs, she attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and graduated in 1973 with a degree in broadcasting from what was then known as the College of Communications. During her senior year, she began her career at a local station, WATE-TV. Anne moved to Nashville in 1976 to take a reporter and weekend anchor job at WKRN-TV News 2. In 1980, she became primary anchor.

Anne's awards and honors include the 2007 Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information, the Jerry Thompson Communicator's "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Nashville Association for Community and Justice, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters. With that honor, Anne earned the distinction of being the first woman, the first African American and the first news anchor to receive the award.

In addition to her anchoring duties at News 2, Anne is a trustee for the University of Tennessee and she serves as spokesperson for WKRN-TV News 2's "Food to Families" campaign. A sorting room at the Second Harvest Food Bank bears Anne's name reflecting her years of dedication to helping feed hungry families in Middle Tennessee.