In a heart-wrenching turn of events, the Memphis community finds itself grappling with the untimely departure of their beloved local TV news anchor, Amanda Hanson, who passed away at the tender age of 38. It’s a loss that has left us all in shock.

The somber news was officially confirmed by Memphis station Action News 5, where Amanda had been an integral part of the team. The announcement was accompanied by a poignant statement that encapsulated the profound grief that now envelops the entire station: “We are devastated to announce the loss of our colleague Amanda Hanson. Amanda, a cherished journalist, Memphian, colleague, and friend, joined the Action News 5 team in 2021 and played a pivotal role at the Action News 5 Digital Desk.”

Amanda’s journey in the world of journalism had deep roots in the region, as she had previously lent her talents to K8 News, a local Arkansas TV station. According to the New York Post, she dedicated her skills and passion to K8 News from 2010 to 2015 and then returned for another stint from 2018 to 2021.

The station shared the devastating news that she had faced a “medical emergency earlier this week and passed away due to complications.” Regrettably, no further details about the circumstances surrounding her passing have been disclosed at this time.

Amanda had recently celebrated her marriage to her husband, Darren. This joyous occasion was shared with the world through a touching video, thoughtfully curated by her sister. The video featured Amanda and Darren joyfully dancing in their newly remodeled kitchen, an event that brought immense joy to her colleagues and friends.

On its website, Action News 5 paid a heartfelt tribute to Amanda Hanson, lauding her tireless dedication and innovative spirit in the realm of journalism. The station acknowledged her invaluable role as a trusted advisor in all things digital, particularly highlighting her excellence in harnessing the power of social media. Amanda’s unbridled energy and boundless creativity drove her to work tirelessly behind the scenes, enhancing news coverage for all.

K8 News fondly remembered Amanda for her vivacious and fun-loving personality, a facet of her character that often shone brightly during her Good Morning Region 8 program. She and her crew were renowned for their Dance Party Fridays, which earned her the affectionate nickname “Dancin’ Hanson” among her colleagues.

“Amanda was not only a remarkable journalist but also a cherished friend to many,” K8 News expressed, emphasizing her infectious energy, unwavering commitment to her coworkers, and her penchant for innovation. Beyond her professional pursuits, Amanda relished in cooking, hiking, and the precious moments spent with her beloved dog, Asher.

The news of Amanda Hanson’s passing spread like wildfire across social media platforms, and a wave of condolences poured in from all corners.

Ryan Vaughan, a former colleague, shared his heartfelt sentiments on Facebook: “Amanda Hanson was not just a brilliant journalist but also an incredibly fun coworker who radiated authenticity. As we grapple with this loss, let’s remember to keep her family in our prayers. This is a massive blow.”

Justin Logan from Fox 56 Weather also expressed his grief, saying: “I’m heartbroken to share that my dear friend, longtime colleague, and Dance Party Friday buddy, Amanda Hanson KAIT, has passed away. Please hold her family and friends in your thoughts.”

“She was a beacon of light. Kind-hearted, always willing to help, and she loved people genuinely. What you saw on TV was the real Amanda. She was my dear friend, and I’m devastated. I’m grateful for the memories, so many beautiful memories,” Logan continued. “I know she’s in a better place now, dancing with the angels, and watching over all of us. I love you and miss you, Amanda. Thank you for being a true friend!”

Memphis radio station Q1075 also paid homage to their former colleague, stating: “We at Flinn Broadcasting are deeply saddened by Amanda’s passing. Amanda was a part of our team in the early 2000s as a weekend DJ. Her energy, zest for life, and her love for family were truly one-of-a-kind. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and family.”

At this trying time, our thoughts are with Amanda Hanson’s family, friends, and the countless fans whose lives she touched.