Award-winning journalist, Shannon Wolfson is the Evening Co-Anchor and an Investigative Reporter on the KXAN Investigative Team. She began her career at KXAN in 2006 as a general assignments reporter. In 2009, she was honored to help launch KXAN News at 9 on the CW as anchor. Shannon is also a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) organization. Her journalism career started at KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas where she was an anchor and a reporter.
Shannon has a passion for telling stories that positively impact and enrich people’s lives. She has covered memorable stories like the Fort Hood shootings, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and the plane crash into the IRS building in North Austin. She says it is the stories others might not remember that have impacted her most- a young war widow and mother in Pflugerville who lost her husband in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan and showed incredible bravery in her grief; a soldier who lost his foot in an IED attack and personified perseverance; and a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years but inspired others with his faith and optimism.
Shannon is proud of the reporting she has done to incite change where it is needed. In 2012, after her investigative series about local businesses that owed money to the Austin Police Department for security services dating as far back as 2004 and still had not paid, the department collected more than $400,000. It also led APD to change its accounting practices.
Her reporting has been recognized several times by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (if you’re really interested in specifics, she’ll tell you), but she is most proud to have been selected by her peers for LIN Television’s highest honor- the Circle of Excellence Award for outstanding leadership and professionalism. Shannon has also twice been selected by the readers of Austin 360 as the Best Reporter in Austin and by the readers of the Austin Chronicle as Best Reporter in the ‘Best of Austin’ poll.
Shannon graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism and a specialty in Broadcast News and she is a very proud third-generation Longhorn. She is also a graduate of the Austin Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.
Shannon is married to her high school love, Aaron, and they live in South Austin. During the brutally hot Austin summers, they spend their time searching for the best swimming holes in Central Texas. They are parents to a precious rescue dog, Noodle. (Just ask, and she’ll be happy to show you a picture.) Shannon is passionate about animal rescue and volunteers her time to help animals in need. Her newest hobby is knitting and she says she has recently become a yarn junkie.
Follow Shannon on Twitter: @ShannonWolfson