Updated: Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012, 7:50 AM EDT
Published : Thursday, 20 Apr 2000, 11:06 AM EST
Terra Brantley anchors NewsChannel 15's First News and Noon news with Pat Hoffmann and Greg Shoup. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated with honors from Bedford High School in 1982 as the class commencement speaker.
As a McGraw-Hill scholarship winner, she went on to graduate from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a minor in Business Administration. Upon graduation, she began her professional career at WPDE-TV in Florence/Myrtle Beach, S.C.
During her tenure, she held almost every position in the news department, except news director. She was a one-woman reporting band out in the field: producer, executive producer, morning anchor and prime time anchor.
In 1993, she moved to Fort Wayne as the weekend anchor at WKJG-TV for six weeks, before joining the team at WANE-TV. Since joining she's helped catapult WANE-TV's morning news to its highest rating in the history of the station.
Terra is a community volunteer and has held leadership positions with many organizations and served with such groups as the Communications Committee for the March of Dimes of Northeast Indiana, Healthier Moms & Babies, The Unity Performing Arts Foundation, The Fort Wayne Urban League, The United Way and The Fort Wayne African American Cancer Alliance. She currently serves on the YWCA's Circle of Women committee. She's also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Some of Terra's awards and honors include: Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Indiana Chapter Community Impact award, Associated Press Community Impact award, Indiana Black Expo Broadcast Media Award, SPJ Minority Coverage award, Indiana Broadcasters Association Spectrum Award, Indiana Black Expo's Lis Daily Crawford Broadcast Media Award, NAACP's Media Award, YWCA's Women of Achievement Award and The Fort Wayne Chapter of the Indiana Black Expo's Torch Bearer Award.
From March 2005 to February 2006, she represented Northeast Indiana as an accomplished minority journalist in a special exhibit at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. The Spread the Word exhibit recognized minority journalists who have made significant community contributions in their respective fields.
Terra travels the region as a motivational speaker, speaking candidly about overcoming obstacles and escaping the hardships of domestic violence.
Terra, her husband and two children enjoy the great outdoors and share their home with two affectionate country cats and a turtle named Bill.
You can e-mail Terra at: firstname.lastname@example.org