Beloved News Anchor Dies at 38

Memphis-based television news anchor, Amanda Hanson, tragically passed away at the young age of 38, as reported by her employer, Action News 5. Hanson, a cherished member of the Action News 5 team since 2021, was a key figure in the station’s digital desk operations. The news of her untimely demise was shared by the station late last week.

Hanson’s previous employer, K8 News, an Arkansas local TV station where she worked intermittently from 2010 to 2021, disclosed that she had experienced a medical emergency earlier in the week. The complications arising from this incident led to her unfortunate passing. However, no further details regarding the nature of the medical emergency were provided.

Hanson had recently tied the knot with her husband, Darren, an event her colleagues at Action News 5 noted brought her immense happiness. This joy was evident in a video shared by her sister, showing the couple dancing in their newly renovated kitchen.

Action News 5 paid tribute to Hanson on their website, lauding her tireless work ethic, boundless energy, and creativity. As a crucial part of the news management team, she was a trusted advisor on digital matters, particularly excelling in the realm of social media.

Hanson was fondly remembered by her former colleagues at K8 for her fun-loving personality, especially during her “Good Morning Region 8” program. She was known for celebrating Dance Party Fridays, earning her the affectionate nickname “Dancin’ Hanson” in the newsroom.

Hanson’s passing has left a void in the lives of her husband, Darren, and her family. Her colleagues at both stations remembered her for her infectious energy, unwavering dedication, and innovative spirit. She was known to enjoy cooking, hiking, and spending time with her dog, Asher.

The news of Hanson’s passing sparked an outpouring of condolences on social media. Many expressed their shock and sadness at the loss of the 38-year-old anchor. Memphis radio station Q1075, where Hanson had worked as a weekend DJ in the early 2000s, also paid tribute to her, remembering her energy, passion for life, and love for her family.

Details regarding Hanson’s memorial and funeral arrangements have not been released to the public at this time.