Memphis, Tennessee, mourns the untimely passing of a beloved TV news anchor, Amanda Hanson, who sadly left us at the tender age of 38 due to complications arising from a medical emergency. Amanda was not just an anchor; she was the face of Tennessee station Action News 5, a prominent figure in the local media landscape, and a cherished member of the community.

The devastating news of Amanda Hanson’s passing was confirmed by the channel itself in a heartfelt statement posted on its website. The statement expressed the profound grief and loss felt by the Action News 5 team: “We are devastated to announce the loss of our colleague Amanda Hanson. Amanda, a beloved journalist, Memphian, colleague, and friend, joined the Action News 5 team in 2021 and was the driving force behind the Action News 5 Digital Desk.”

Amanda Hanson was more than just a news anchor; she was a beacon of infectious energy, unwavering dedication, and innovative spirit. She worked tirelessly behind the scenes, using her boundless creativity to enhance the digital coverage of Action News 5. Her commitment to her craft and her team was unwavering, leaving an indelible mark on the station’s digital platform.

This vibrant and dynamic journalist had recently celebrated her marriage to Darren Nierdermyer, and the union had brought her immense joy, according to her colleagues. Amanda was a Memphis native who returned to her hometown in 2021 to take on the role of Leader of Digital Innovation at Action News 5. Beyond her professional duties, Amanda would entertain her co-workers with captivating tales of her renovation projects, showcasing her multifaceted talents.

Before joining Action News 5, Amanda had a notable career as a K8 news anchor at KAIT in Arkansas, where she worked in two separate stints from 2010 to 2015 and then from 2018 to 2021. During her time at KAIT, Amanda earned the affectionate nickname ‘Dancin’ Hanson’ for her lively and spirited on-air dance parties that marked Friday mornings. Her colleagues fondly remembered her for these energetic celebrations, and her departure left a void that can never be filled.

One of Amanda’s former colleagues, Justin Logan, expressed his heartbreak at her passing, saying, “I’m heartbroken to share that my dear friend, longtime colleague, and Dance Party Friday buddy, Amanda Hanson has died. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers.” Amanda’s presence was not only felt professionally but also on a personal level, as she touched the lives of those around her with her kindness, generosity, and genuine love for people.

Amanda’s journey was not limited to journalism alone; in 2020, she decided to pursue a master’s degree in strategic communications, showcasing her dedication to personal and professional growth. Her passion for her field and her relentless pursuit of excellence made her a role model for aspiring journalists and a source of inspiration for all who had the privilege of knowing her.

As the news of Amanda Hanson’s passing reverberates through the community, there is a deep sense of loss and sorrow. However, her memory will forever be enshrined in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be remembered as a beacon of positivity, an embodiment of boundless energy, and a shining star in the world of journalism. Though she may no longer grace our screens, her legacy will continue to shine brightly, reminding us all of the incredible impact one person can have on the lives of many. Amanda Hanson’s dance may have ended, but her spirit will forever dance on in our hearts.

In this time of profound grief, our thoughts and prayers are with Amanda Hanson’s family, friends, and colleagues as they navigate through this heartbreaking loss. Memphis has lost not just a talented journalist but a true gem of a human being whose memory will forever be cherished. Rest in peace, Amanda, and keep dancing among the stars.