Anne Holt

Special Contributor

Anne Holt is more than a familiar face, she is a trusted friend. After 40 years of anchoring the news on News 2, Anne requested to take on a new role at the station, reporting on people and groups that make a difference in our community. 

A seven-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and recipient of the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for the investigative documentary “Under the Influence”, Anne is recognized by her peers throughout the region as an outstanding role model. 

Anne was one of 13 children born to a family of sharecroppers in west Tennessee. She received her education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and immediately went to work for the local television station, WATE-TV. 

Anne moved to Nashville in 1976 and went to work for News 2 as a reporter and weekend anchor. In 1980, Anne became a primary anchor. 

She has received countless awards and honors including the Jerry Thompson Communicator’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” from NCCJ; the Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni 

Award from the University of Tennessee College of Communications, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters. With that honor, Anne earned the distinction of being the first woman, the first African American, and the first news anchor to receive the award. 

Anne has served as a spokesperson for News 2’s “Food to Families” campaign. A sorting room at the Second Harvest Food Bank was named the “Anne Holt Room,” reflecting Anne’s years of dedication to helping feed hungry families in Middle Tennessee. 

Anne has served on the boards of NCCJ, Book’em, Leadership Nashville, Cumberland Valley Girl Scouts, Middle Tennessee March of Dimes, Inroads/Nashville, Inc., the United Way of Middle Tennessee; the Honorary Leadership Committee for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership 2000 Project and numerous non-profit fundraising committees.

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