Amanda Starrantino is an Evening Anchor at RTV6 (ABC) in Indianapolis. She is an Emmy-nominated journalist from Los Angeles, California, where she was born and raised. Her career has taken her to South Bend, Indiana as a reporter/multi-media journalist at the ABC affiliate. She also spent time as an anchor, reporter and weather forecaster at the NBC affiliate on California's Central Coast where she covered local crime, politics, California wildfires, and the historic drought effects on the state.
Amanda and her dog, Leo, are enjoying all the Hoosier state has to offer and their life in the Circle City. She is an active member in her local downtown community. A professional US Figure Skater and professional instructor, Amanda enjoys skating at local rinks in her free time.
Since Amanda has lived in Indy, she feels privileged to volunteer at Riley Hospital for Children working with Child Life Services on a weekly basis. She values her time spent with Riley's children and their families because of the strength they embody and the perspective they give on what is really important in life.
Send in your story ideas to Amanda, she would love to hear from you and learn what impacts you and your family here in Central Indiana. You can contact her at Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.