Amanda Mason



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  KERO 23 ABC                                                                                            08/2018 - present

          Bakersfield, CA / MMJ-Reporter

  • Final Cut Pro, E-News, SONY HVR-Z1U, GoPro.

  CRONKITE NEWS (AZ PBS)                                                                      05/2018 - 8/2018

            Phoenix, AZ / Reporter & Anchor

  • Anchor, Weather and Reporter (general assignment).

  • Reaching 1.9 million homes across the State of Arizona.

  • Live Reporting, Adobe Premiere, ENPS, Graphic Designer and GoPro.


    ARIZONA'S FAMILY (3TV & CBS 5)                                                         01/2018 -4/2018

           Phoenix, AZ / Intern

  • Covered Phoenix Open, March for Your Lives Rally, RedForEd March, Diamondbacks Opening Day, Street Eats, Breaking and Spot News on social.

  • Social Media Content Development (Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook) and averaging 1,000 followers a week since I started on @ArizonasFamily (Instagram).

  • Hosted Facebook Live with 'Dave the Garden Guy' Content Development and Production (Recent 40 minute segment, we had 5 to 6 questions per minute).

      IN-DEPTH REPORTING IN PUERTO RICO                                            03/2018 (Spring Break)

  • Spend a week in Puerto Rico covering six months after Hurricane Maria and traveled all over the island.

  • Video packages will be published this summer 2018.

  • Awarded Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for coverage.


      CRONKITE RUNDOWN                                                                              02/2018 -5/2018

           Phoenix, AZ / Co-Executive Producer - Editor - Writer - Anchor

  • Cronkite Rundown is a news show that offers context on current events, local/national news, sports, and entertainment and run by Graduate Students.

  • ENPS Script writing, Producing Content, and Creating the vision of each show.


      ARIZONA PBS “ARIZONA HORIZON”                                                     05/2017 - 07/2017

           Phoenix, AZ / Intern

  • Produced Motorcycle Artist package (Script & Interview) aired on PBS August ’17, assisted in the show’s rundown through ENPS, gave time cues to host (Ted Simons) and camera crew during live show, published past episode transcripts onto, Adobe Premiere and Logging.

          FELD ENTERTAINMENT                                                                           10/2016 - 8/2017

          Monster Jam East Coast Tour / Live-TV Host

  • 15 Different Cities, 45 Live Shows & 23 Private Pit Parties.Interviewed athletes during the live show on the track, sideline and behind-the-scenes; Facebook live; ad lib; hosted private pit party events; called color; wrote post show recap; recorded PAs for show; drove speedster in live show; and worked in all weather conditions.On-Air Interviews: ABC Morning New 16 (Wilkes-Barre), ABC 8 Eyewitness News (Charleston) and ABC News 13 (Charleston).


           FREELANCE PUBLIC SPEAKER                                                              01/2003 - 7/2017

           National / Keynote Speaker

  • 14 years: reached 10,000+ students, teachers & parents and 800 NYPD officers. Highlights: National Foundation for Women Legislatures (Nat. Conferences: GA, IA, DC & AZ), NY State Office Of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (Statewide Campaign: NY) and Safe America Foundation (Nat. Conference: GA)


MISS NEW YORK ORGANIZATION                                                         09/2014 - 01/2016

            New York, NY / Booking Manager

  • Scheduled appearances, created promotional materials (press kit, autograph and business cards), speech writing, presentation development, media coach for Miss NY, website development, fundraised and event planner.


MISS NEW YORK ORGANIZATION                                                           09/2013 - 05/2014

New York, NY / Miss New York 2013

  • Traveled around NY State, booked appearances, public speaker, networked, marketed, maintained relationships with sponsors, event planner, developed social media brand, speech writing, website creation. On-Air Interviews: PBS Graduate Day (NYC), The Today Show (NBC NYC), Brooklyn News 12, NewsChannel 9 (Syracuse), NY1 and News 13 (Albany).


  • Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Snapchat), producing, writing, lighting, editing: Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Audition, teleprompter, Sony NX-CAM, Canon C100, Go Pro, IFB earpiece, creative interviewing and professional speech writing.


  • Student Production Award, Rock Mountain Emmys (Short Form Non-Fiction, Puerto Rico Recovery Six Months After Maria)

  • National Ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • Key To Kenner, LA ‘Katrina Backpack Project’

  • Drug-Free Ambassador, Drug-Free World Foundation National Award

  • Former Spokesperson for National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

  • National Anthem: Brooklyn Nets, NY Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays & Tampa Bay Lightening.



  • Master in Mass Communications (Graduated Magna Cum Laude) - Broadcast Journalism

  • Adv. Broadcast Journalism, Producing, Multimedia, In-depth reporting, Data, Reporting Ethics, Media Law and Digital Print.

MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC                                                                                           08/2008 – 05/2015

  • Bachelors in Music (’08) & Masters in Music (’15) - Classical Vocal Performance

Summary: Keynote, Mistress of Ceremonies and Youth Advocate

Dynamic, Passionate and Engaging Speaker, Amanda has been reaching audiences on local, state and national podiums.  As an opera singer, former performer in NYC, former Monster Jam Host and reporter for 23 ABC in Bakersfield, CA, she has a gift for communicating messages to all ages and professions from children to CEOs.  Her public speaking journey started, with the National Foundation for Women Legislatures and on behalf of their organization addressed the Florida House of Representatives at 14-years-old.  For the past 14 years, She has been a driving force waging the war on drugs through her prevention program, The Middle School Movement: Reaching Youth Before Alcohol & Drugs Do. Her mission is to protect the next generation by giving them tools to achieve their dreams, overcome obstacles and evaluate decisions. 

Amanda is a natural on stage and loves working with youth. As a Mistress of Ceremonies, she is skilled in choreography, improv, memorization, delivering scripts effortlessly, comedy and time management.  She helps make sure every event runs smoothly. 

  • Holds a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications from ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (Graduated Magna Cum Laude)

  • Holds an Masters in Music (’15) and Bachelors in Music (’12) in Classical Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music

  • Current: Reporter for ABC 23

  • Monster Jam TV/Live Host 2017, Triple Threat Series East: 15 Cities, 45 Shows, 23 Private Pit Parties

  • Reported for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS Summer 2018

  • Arizona Family (3TV & CBS 5) Spring 2018 Intern / Arizona PBS “Arizona Horizon” Summer 2017 Intern

  • 14 Years of Public Speaking Experience

  • Reached 10,000 Students, Teachers and Parents

  • Addressed 800 NYPD Officers

  • National Ambassador, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • Drug Free Ambassador 2015 Awardee, Drug Free World Foundation

  • Miss New York 2013

  • Former National Spokesperson, National Council On Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

  • Former National Spokesperson, Safe America Foundation

Popular Topics

  • Setting Goals, Achieving Dreams & Time Management

  • Overcoming Obstacles & Evaluating Situations

  • Developing Negotiation Skills & Building Confidence

  • Preparing for College & Planning for the Future

  • Health & Nutrition

Public Speaking Career Highlights

Youth Advocate & Key Note Speaker                                                                                      (2003 to Present)

  • National Foundation for Women Legislatures (NFWL), National Conferences GA, IA, DC, FL & AZ

  • Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE), National Conference Washington, DC

  • Safe America Foundation, National Conference Georgia & NY

  • 36th Annual Women Commissions, National Conference Florida

  • Florida House of Representatives, NFWL Conference Florida

  • Florida Governor, Jeb Bush’s Annual Drug Summit, Statewide Conference Florida

  • Chumscrubbers Movie Premiere, NFWL Conference Arizona

  • National Council On Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, National Luncheon New York

  • NY State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Statewide Kickoff New York

  • Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE), Annual Luncheon New York

  • PBS Graduate Day Show with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, TV Interview New York

  • NYPD Drug & Alcohol Youth Prevention, School Workshops New York

  • Drug Free Foundation Heroes, Gala New York

  • Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, Gala New York

  • Safe America Foundation, Town Hall Meeting New York

  • East Fillkill Rotary Club, Luncheon New York

  • NCADD Affiliates, Annual Conference New York

Mistress of Ceremonies & Host                                                                                                    (2013 to Present)

  • Miss New York 2015, Prelim Competition New York

  • Miss America 2015, Homecoming Celebration New York

  • Tigerlily Foundation, PJ Glam Party New York

  • Gigi’s Playhouse, Dream Event New York

  • Miss New York Outstanding Teen, Talent Competition New York

  • Miss Mohawk Valley, Pageant New York

  • Miss Manhattan 2016, Pageant New York

Youth Workshops & School Event Highlights                                                                              (2013 to Present)

  • Safe America Foundation, Brain Camp Prevention Workshop Georgia

  • Council on Addictions of Finger Lakes, Youth Conference New York

  • PS 123 School Event with NYPD & Derek Dennis, NFL Panthers Football Player New York

  • OASAS Prevention Campaign KickOff, Middle School IS 77 New York

  • The American Sign Language & English Secondary School New York

  • Boys and Girls Club, Dining The Right Way Etiquette Class at Planet Hollywood New York

  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Warren County Conference New York

  • Westchester Youth Leadership, Annual Conference New York


Highlighted Remarks

“Ms. Amanda Mason (Miss New York 2013) was an exceptional speaker, presenter, and entertainer delivering a serious message regarding drug prevention....They delivered a heartfelt and positive message. The students were engaged and accepting of the message and truly had a valuable learning experience regarding the harmful effects of drugs. Thank you!”

— James Kennedy, Guidance Councilor at St. Vincent Ferrer High School


“..two of the boys that volunteered to go on stage with Amanda are both on the autism spectrum. For them to go on stage was remarkable. That in itself told me how well received the program was. Amanda was great in reaching out to the students. As I said yesterday, you can't teach those skills. She has them and what a pleasure to have her here.” 

—Joseph, Principal at a Middle School in Queens


"Whenever a highly-visible young leader like Amanda Mason takes on substance abuse prevention as a cause -- that is a tremendous benefit to all our work. We applaud her for helping to educate youth and parents about the dangers of drug use, and know our member coalitions throughout the Empire State join us in this sentiment.” 

— Gen. Arthur T. Dean, Chairman and CEO, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). 


“Miss New York Amanda Mason’s positive and uplifting message for middle school students will help CANYS continue its work advocating about problems related to alcohol and drug misuse.”

— Julie Dostal, Ph.D, CPP, president of the Council on Addictions of New York State (CANYS).