Amanda Starrantino joins the RTV6 team as the Good Morning Indiana weekend anchor and weekday reporter.
Amanda is an Emmy-nominated journalist from Los Angeles, California, where she was born and raised. She studied TV Broadcast Journalism and Political Science in Orange County at Chapman University. Most recently, Amanda was a reporter, anchor, and weather forecaster at KSBY News on California’s Central Coast. She covered local crime, politics, California wildfires, and the historic drought effects on the state.
This is not her first time in the Hoosier state, though. Amanda’s first reporter position took her to South Bend, where she covered general news, weather, and Notre Dame sports. Go Irish! She is excited to call her new home Indianapolis and get a full taste of the seasons once again.
While the reporter hat is off, Amanda can be found around town with her dog, Leo. She is a United States professional figure skater and still skates recreationally. She is a volunteer coach with Special Olympics and actively volunteers in the community.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue news as a career?
I have a lot of interests and I have always been one to ask a lot of questions. News is an outlet where I can put those two traits together and use them for the benefit of others.
Q: What was your first job?
I was a waitress at a local restaurant in my hometown of Simi Valley, California. I still crave a Goodness Roll from Blue Fin!
Q: What is on your DVR?
Shark Tank, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, and 20/20.
Q: What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
I love wine/beer tasting and trying out new restaurants with my boyfriend, family, and friends.
Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
I’m taking recommendations!
Q: Most challenging part of your job?
Finding a parking spot on a time crunch.
Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
I grew up with a family member who has autism. I believe with the spread of autism awareness and education throughout our country, we can become a more accepting society towards kids and adults with special needs.
Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
An in-depth investigation into a California missing girl, Kristin Smart. I worked with a highly valued mentor to begin these pieces and the time we spent together over Kristin’s stories taught me why I am so interested in investigative journalism. Also, the connections I made with Kristin’s family and friends really left a lasting impression for me, the memories they shared with me will always hold a place in my heart.
Q: Favorite book, movie?
Book: “Jane Eyre” will always be an all time favorite. I also recently read “When Breath Becomes Air” and highly recommend it.
Movie: The Sound of Music & Ever After
Q: What's on your iPod?
Country, Taylor Swift, and classical/movie scores.
Q: What is something that would surprise people about you?
I am a professional United States Figure Skater.
Q: Best advice you ever got?
"Those who believe they can, and those who believe they can’t, are both right" (Henry Ford). My coach told me this when I was a child and it always stuck with me in everything I do.
Q: Favorite vacation spot?
Piacenza, Italy to visit my family.
Q: What is your proudest career moment?
My first Emmy-nomination!
Q: Do you have any pets?
My little guy, Leonardo (aka Leo). He is my side-kick and quite the character. You will be seeing him around town.
Q: When I am not at work I am…
Anywhere I can sit with my dog, a cup of coffee, and a book.
Q: Biggest pet peeve?
When people are not on time… often.
Q: What advice would you give someone to get into the business?
Take any opportunity to learn something about the business. The more you know, the better off you will be.
Q: When you have visitors to Indy, where do you take them?
I love all the War Memorials around town. I think they bring a lot of character to the city. Of course, we would hit up the Speedway as well!
Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
GPS. I would be lost without it.
Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
Several. I am extremely fortunate and thankful for their continued support and guidance. I owe a lot to them and I hope I can do the same for other future reporters in this business.