Mandy Hrach joined the WBBJ news team in October 2016 as a multimedia journalist and web producer. Though she is a recent graduate of the University of Memphis, she is no stranger to the news business.
Mandy grew up around news her entire life. She has many fond memories of going to work with her dad while he was a reporter for The Marietta Times in Ohio when she was a young girl.
During her four years as a Memphis Tiger, she took advantage of many opportunities to fulfill her goal of becoming a broadcast reporter.
In fall of 2015, she completed an internship with WMC Action News 5 in Memphis.
She also worked for five semesters reporting and editing for The Daily Helmsman, the independent student-run newspaper at the University of Memphis.
In April of 2014, she was named the best new reporter at The Daily Helmsman for her work, and in February 2015 she was ranked first place in news writing at the Southeastern Journalism Competition in Atlanta.
In April of 2016, she was awarded second place in the Marc Perrusquia Investigative Award for a story that uncovered the poor working conditions the janitors on the University of Memphis campus faced.
She also was named the best news writer for 2016 at the annual University of Memphis journalism banquet.
Writing for the newspaper was just one way she reported for her university. She also participated in the university’s television station Insight News as a reporter, anchor and producer.
Mandy has a passion for breaking news and a love for reporting. When she is not in the newsroom, she enjoys biking and spending time at coffee shops.
Mandy loves to email, so feel free to drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.