Amanda DeVoe joined the News4JAX team in March 2022 as a morning news and traffic anchor on The Morning Show.
Amanda comes to WJXT from the CBS affiliate in Mobile, Alabama, where she was a traffic anchor and reporter. She launched the Emmy-nominated franchise, “Driven,” which focused on profiling trailblazers in marginalized communities, while shining a light on injustice. Whether it’s a young woman with cerebral palsy who finally had an employer take a chance on her, or Black-owned businesses finding strength following coronavirus shutdowns, Amanda makes sure to give a voice to the voiceless.
She also broke an exclusive story on three professors at the University of South Alabama who wore racially insensitive costumes that resurfaced on Facebook several years later. Her investigation led to student protests and the professors being placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. She also exclusively spoke with a Black cheerleader who took a stand against her fellow teammates who posed with a shirt bearing the confederate flag. Both stories gained national attention.
Amanda got her start as a reporter and anchor in Rockford, Illinois, where she extensively reported on education, crime and politics. She also worked as a reporter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a reporter/producer in Chicago.
Although Amanda grew up in DC suburbs and the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, she has familial ties to the River City. Her grandmother, Daisy DeVoe, was born and raised on Jacksonville's eastside on Phoenix Avenue. She also has a large extended family who lives throughout Duval.
Telling stories that highlight communities of color and holding people in power accountable is the reason Amanda wanted to become a journalist. Writing has always been her passion from a young age. She launched her school newspaper in the 5th grade. She realized broadcast news was her goal when a news reporter came to her English class when she was a junior in high school.
Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in Journalism from DePaul University. She began her collegiate career at Fayetteville State University, a historically Black college.
She is also an active member of the National Association of Black journalists and a former board member of NABJ’s Chicago Chapter.
When Amanda is not working, she enjoys cooking, spending time with family and volunteering in the community. She is part of several organizations that help at-risk children stay on the right path and continues her mission to help others here in Jacksonville.