Amanda Lewis is an award-winning reporter and co-anchors KCCI 8 News This Morning: Weekends.
Amanda received the "HEROES Compassion and Excellence in Journalism Award" for a series of stories she wrote about Iowans living with AIDS. She was also the recipient of the Bismarck State College Almuni Association's "Rising Star Award" for her career and charity work.
Amanda traveled to Syracuse, N.Y. in the spring of 2013 for a special report about U.S. military drones which will soon be controlled from Des Moines.
She is KCCI's representative on the Metro Media Council. The council gathers together media, law enforcement, emergency responders and public information representatives from city, county, state and federal departments to discuss ways to better inform the public.
She's also the Regional Media Coordinator, nominated by the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court. Amanda works with media locally and around the state to arrange coverage of District and Appellate Courts.
Most recently, she was appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to a committee reviewing and improving expanded media rules.
Amanda helps edit KCCI.com on the weekends and provides photographs and crime stories for the web during the week.
Amanda served on the Greater Iowa/South Dakota Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation board. Their goal is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
Amanda started working for KCCI in February 2002 as a photographer. Her early work has been seen on CBS's "Inside Edition" and Animal Planet's "The Planet's Funniest Animals."
She graduated from Drake University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Amanda is also a graduate of Bismarck State College and graduated from Brown College in Minneapolis with honors.
While at Drake University, Amanda was one of a few students chosen to attend a two-week international journalism conference in Germany.
Amanda started her career in radio in the early 1990s co-hosting a popular morning show. She's musically inclined, winning almost a dozen vocal solo and combo awards in high school. She has an extensive history in the theater, starring in productions of "Oklahoma", "Annie Get Your Gun", "Plain and Fancy", "Godspell" and "Baby".
Amanda is married with two children.