Amy’s award-winning, interactive anchoring was honored in 2016 by the South Carolina Broadcaster’s Association, naming Amy, Anchor of the Year. And she also won back-to-back reporter and personality honors in the media category in the Best of Spartanburg competition for 2018 and 2019.
Weeknights you can stream behind scenes with Amy, one of the first in the nation to use Facebook Live, now during 7 News at 7.
The SC Broadcaster’s association named Amy Anchor of the Year previously in 2012 and she was nominated again in 2014 by the Radio and Television and Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
Amy frequently speak in the community, about the power of social media and how to get your story told in this digital age, along with emceeing numerous community events.
In 2008, when Amy created CW Live Chat, one of the nation’s first live chats during a newscast. The industry noticed.
RTDNA Communicator Magazine, Broadcasting and Cable Magazine and the book, “Live Local Broken News: The Re-Engineering of Local TV”, feature Amy’s pioneering interactive work. Business Black Box Magazine selected Amy as one of six Trailblazers.
Amy’s been giving viewers a voice since 1995, using – at the time – revolutionary email, in her Reality Check reports.
Amy believes in the transformative power of social media relationships and says it’s a critical tool in the journalist’s toolbox. Amy has been honored to teach and speak about her innovative work at the Poynter Institute, The Reynolds Journalism Institute at Mizzou and the Paley Center for Media in New York City.
At the heart of Amy’s use of technology is its ability to power storytelling – her first love. For nearly three decades Amy’s been bringing you award-winning stories on WSPA-TV.
Her heart wrenching special report on domestic violence: “South Carolina’s Shame,” was honored with a first-place Associated Press Award in series reporting.
Amy has a special place for adoption in her heart, as an adopted child. Her “Amy’s Kids” stories about foster children waiting to be adopted, led the South Carolina Council on Adoptable Children, to name Amy “Advocate of the Year” in 2007.
During the initial war with Iraq, she brought viewers exclusive “On The Frontline” coverage, using the internet to connect with a commander from Chesnee, SC.
One of the most memorable stories of Amy’s career was the Charleston Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting. Amy broke the story during her newscast on the CW at 10 and days later anchored 7 News funeral coverage.
Amy also guided viewers through the morning of September 11th, 2001, with local wall to wall coverage and a helpline.
And Amy anchored our Emmy Award-winning coverage on Susan Smith, the mother who drowned her sons, including the difficult duty of anchoring the boys funeral.
Amy grew up in the New York metropolitan area, and started her career, covering blizzards and breaking news in Western Minnesota at KSAX-TV, sister station to KSTP.
Amy’s dedication to the local community led the South Carolina Jaycees to name Amy the state Distinguished Community Service Award winner in 1999. She continues to work with dozens of local charities and events every year.
Faith and family are number one in Amy’s life. Carolina Crusaders, her documentary on a mission trip to Russia, won a first-place award from the Associated Press.
She is married to Mike Wood and is a proud mom to three daughters, Brianna, Gracie and Jami.
She looks forward to connecting with you online!
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