A native Texan, molded in New York City, Amanda Mason, is a reporter for 23 ABC in Bakersfield, California. During the summer she was a reporter and anchor in Phoenix, AZ for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS (reaching 1.9 million homes in AZ).
Amanda was recently nominated for a Student Production Award (Short From Non-Fiction) by the Rocky Mountain Emmys for her work covering Puerto Rico six months after Hurricane Maria. The Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards will be held in Phoenix on September 22, 2018.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications from ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. During the spring she was a social media reporter intern at Arizona's Family (3TV/CBS 5 News) a duopoly newsroom and created a brand strategy for the station's Instagram. She covered spot and breaking news on Twitter, Instagram and hosted live Facebook stories.
The summer of 2017, she was a producing intern at Arizona PBS "Arizona Horizon" hosted by Emmy-winning Host Ted Simons. For the past nine years she lived in New York City. Amanda finished her tour in August 2017 working with Feld Entertainment as a Live/On-Camera Host for Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series East Tour. This past Spring she performed in 45 Live Shows and 23 Private Pit Parties in 15 Different Cities.
Her love for Broadcasting and Reporting, started in Robinson High School, when she anchored, wrote and produced the Knights Morning Show. That same year, she was also Editor-in-Chief of her high school Newspaper Knight Writer.
As Miss New York 2013, she continued appearing on television as a youth prevention expert and has been featured on PBS, NY1, NBC The Today Show, Brooklyn News 12, to name a few.
She is a Youth Advocate, National Ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Motivational Speaker. For the past 14 years, she has been focused on Reaching Youth Before Alcohol & Drugs Do through her prevention program The Middle School Movement as a professional speaker. She has reached over 10,000 students, teachers and parents in person through her program. Amanda continues to work with our next generation and empower them to achieve their dreams. On June 4, 2015, Amanda was honored to receive one of Drug Free World Foundation's highest awards, Drug Free Ambassador.
Amanda has been volunteering her entire life and loves being involved in the community. She started as a young child volunteering with her mother at nursing homes. She spent time with the residents, who she claimed as are her adoptive grandparents, with bingo, karaoke, ice-cream socials and holiday parties. As a teenager, in 2005, Amanda was honored to receive the Key to Kenner, Louisiana for her “Katrina Backpack” campaign that helped those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Amanda is well-rounded and has an extensive background in musical theater and opera. In 2015, she received her Masters in Music degree from the internationally renowned conservatory, Manhattan School of Music for classical vocal performance. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, NYC Marathon, United Nations Headquarters, in Las Vegas and Off-Off Broadway shows all around NYC. Amanda has studied opera in Italy and was the youngest artist accepted into Corso d’Opera program in Montepulciano, Italy (’12) and Opera Viva in Verona, Italy (’10). The Summer of 2016, Amanda was nominated for Planet Connections NYC Festival "Outstanding Lead Actress in A Musical or Play with Music" Award for her role in Off-Off Broadway new musical The Golden Smile.
As a model, Amanda was featured on the cover of Shang Mag, a Chinese luxury magazine with an 18 page fashion spread (modeled more than $2 million worth of De Beers jewelry).
By age 17, inspired by pop music, she had recorded over 30 original pop songs, released two CDs and one Single with multi-platinum producer, Roy “Royalty” Hamilton recording in Los Angles, Hollywood and Burbank, CA. In 2010, she recorded an R&B pop song One Day At A Time with multi-platinum producer, Joshua P. Thompson. Her CDs and Singles can be found on iTunes: Notice Me, Euphoria and Lose My Number.
She's had the honor of singing the National Anthem for: NY Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Brooklyn Nets, Brooklyn Cyclones, Tampa Bay Lightening, NYC Half Marathon and Monster Jam.
She uses her performance background to continue as a professional news storyteller.