Updated: Monday, 28 Nov 2011, 3:38 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 18 Oct 2001, 1:31 PM EST
NewsChannel 15's Heather Herron knew at an early age that she wanted to be in the news business. As a child, she would write stories and then tape record herself delivering them as a newscaster. "I used to speak so quickly, my mother would tell me if I ever became an anchor, I'd have the six o'clock news done by 6:10!"
Heather's a Gaston, Ind., native and graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University. She worked at several radio stations in both Marion (WBAT) and Muncie (WWWO & WERK) before moving in front of the camera. Her first television news job was as a reporter/anchor/producer at WKJG (now WISE) in Fort Wayne.
She then went to Grand Rapids, Michigan where she served first as the Healthbeat Reporter then as Weekend Anchor. She spent seven years at WOOD-TV before returning to her home state. "I had a very unexpected opportunity to move back to Indiana. Even though I love Michigan, I was eager to be closer to my family. It's important that my children know their grandparents."
Heather currently co-anchors the 5pm, 6pm, and 11pm newscasts.
Among her career highlights: traveling to Yasothon, Thailand, to report and produce a documentary on Operation Smile, an organization that provides life-changing plastic surgery for children with severe facial deformities. "That trip was certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not only did I learn a lot about storytelling, I learned a lot about being human. The language barrier didn't seem to matter when we were in Thailand. A smile or a hug was all it took to communicate with those children."
In both 1998 & 1999 Heather was honored with the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians' highest journalism award.
In 2011, the Fort Wayne Business Weekly honored Heather with a 40 Under 40 Award, which recognizes a person's contributions in our community.
Over the years, Heather has volunteered for numerous organizations, including the Girl Scouts, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, PanCan, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the American Heart Association, and the March of Dimes. She is the past President of the Board of Directors of Family & Children's Services, a non-profit counseling agency in Fort Wayne.
She and her husband stay very busy raising two young daughters. She's served as both President and Secretary of the Parent Teacher Club at their school and co-leads two Girl Scout troops. She has little spare time, but enjoys spending it with family & friends or a good book.
You can e-mail Heather at: email@example.com