Vanessa Echols

Vanessa Echols
Vanessa Echols anchors WFTV Eyewitness News at Noon and 4 p.m. She also works with 9 Family Connection. (Cindy Kelly)

I have been a member of the Eyewitness News team since 1992 and currently anchor Eyewitness News at Noon and 4 p.m. on Channel 9.

I’m also the station’s Community Ambassador for our community affairs department, 9 Family Connection.

I was born in Auburn, Ala., and graduated from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. I got my start in broadcasting at a country music radio station in Tuscaloosa and have worked at television stations in Georgia and Tennessee.

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I enjoy being involved in the Central Florida community: a frequent speaker at churches and schools and involved with several community service organizations, including UNCF and The Orlando Sports Foundation, which hosts the Cure Bowl football game. I am also a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts.

I took on a new cause in 2004. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of that year, I made it my mission to educate women, men and their families about the importance of early detection of cancer and coping with cancer treatments.

In 2007, I founded Compassionate Hands and Hearts Breast Cancer Outreach to help local patients and their families. You can visit our website here: www.compassionatehandsandhearts.org

I also host a Podcast on race called Colorblind: Race Across Generations and a YouTube Channel, The Do Good Challenge, where I highlight small non-profits in our community.

I’d love to hear from you. Email me if you have a story idea or suggestion at Vanessa.Echols@wftv.com