Amanda Dukes has been in broadcasting for a quarter of a century, and Floridians would prefer to rely on her for many more years. But the veteran journalist is ready to step back from an awe-worthy career. Amanda Dukes is leaving WESH 2 News, and her viewers want to know what’s next for this talented news anchor and where she is going next. But they especially hope she is staying in the Sunshine State. Find out what Amanda Dukes said about her departure from WESH 2 News here.
Amanda Dukes’ Education and Career
New Hampshire native Amanda Dukes grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, alongside seven older siblings. She later moved to Alabama to pursue a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism at Troy State University.
Dukes began her broadcast journalism career in Manchester, New Hampshire. She joined WMUR News 9 as a morning and noon anchor, where she covered the presidential elections in the ‘90s.
In August 1997, Dukes moved to Daytona Beach, Florida, to work at WESH 2 News. And she has been Orlando’s most trusted news anchor since.
In recent years, Dukes has fulfilled a multi-faceted role at WESH-TV. She covered the 1998 wildfires, hurricanes that struck the state, the Casey Anthony trial, and the elections. Among her many awards and honors, she received an Emmy Award for her reportage on the tragic shooting death of an Orlando police officer.
Amanda Dukes Signs Off One Last Time
After 25 years at WESH-TV and 33 years in broadcast journalism overall, Amber Dukes is leaving WESH 2 News. The veteran news anchor wrapped her last day on air on February 13.
The WESH team gave her a grand farewell. Social media posts revealed that the station celebrated Dukes’ career ahead of her last day. They also looked back on her achievements on air.
Meredith McDonough, Michelle Imperato, Claire Metz, Jason Guy, Christina Watkins, Senait Gebregiorgis, and Greg Fox were among the many WESH personalities who shared fond memories of working with Dukes. In statements from WESH, the station reflected on the impact Dukes’ work has had on the Central Florida community.
As for what’s next for Amanda Dukes in post-retirement, the news anchor has not elaborated on her plans yet. However, she’s active in several local nonprofits and philanthropic ventures and will remain in the Orlando area.