Studio 512 host Amanda Tatom was born and raised in the Dallas area. A news junkie at an early age, there was never any doubt in the career path she wanted to take. Amanda majored in and received a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Tech. An internship with Lubbock’s NBC affiliate, KCBD, lead her to becoming their part-time weekend reporter. After graduation she began reporting full time and became the weekend anchor. Amanda covered stories on education and economic development. A career highlight was covering the Oprah Winfrey cattle trial in Amarillo, Texas in 1998. Amanda anchored the 5 p.m. news before leaving to become main anchor for Lubbock’s CBS affiliate KLBK for the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts.
The fast paced structure of the newsroom was always a thrill, but the stories Amanda loved doing most were the human interest & feature stories; meeting a Holocaust survivor and hearing her experiences first hand, watching a family receive Christmas dinner and presents from local inmates who had pooled their commissary funds to help those in need.
There wasn’t much that could have pulled her away from her career, but a beautiful, blue-eyed baby girl. Amanda left the business when her first daughter was a year old spending time with her family. Those precious years of being a full time mom were priceless, and she wouldn’t trade them for anything. Amanda and her husband now have three girls.
Hosting Studio 512 for KXAN is nothing short of a dream come true for Amanda. The amazingly eclectic, friendly, artistic and above all authentic city of Austin provides no shortage of opportunities to combine her passion for writing, people and telling their stories. Amanda’s experiences of going from a working girl to a wife and mom to rediscovering her career and trying to find the balance between the people and profession she loves makes her a perfect fit to discover, share and help improve the lives of Central Texans.