Emmy-nominated and multi-award winning news anchor Terra Brantley is one of the longest serving news anchors in the state of Indiana. For 23 years she has worked at WANE-TV-15; most of that time spent anchoring Fort Wayne’s number one morning and noon news. Terra is also the host and producer of “Focus 15”, WANE-TV’s award-winning community affairs program. This year she is celebrating her 30th year as a professional broadcast journalist, having worked in Ohio, South Carolina and Indiana.
This native of Cleveland, Ohio earned her Bachelor of Science in Communication Degree from Ohio University and her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Tech graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She is a Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society inductee.
This anchor and producer has won numerous professional and civic awards. This year Terra was nominated for an Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Lower Great Lakes Chapter for her 30-minute special on helping the homeless in Northeast Indiana. She is also a two-time First Place winner of the Society of Professional Journalists Documentary award; one for a 30-minute special on high speed rail and another for a story on fire safety. After her own house burned down in 2008 and her family was displaced, Terra worked with fire departments to distribute free smoke detectors to hundreds of residents. This effort and others led to her receiving a First Place Associated Press Community Impact Award. Other awards include: The Indiana Black Expo Broadcast Media Award, The Society of Professional Journalist Minority Coverage Award, The Indiana Broadcasters Association Spectrum Award, The Indiana Black Expo's Liz Daily Crawford Broadcast Media Award, The NAACP's Media Award, The YWCA's Women of Achievement Award & The Fort Wayne Urban League’s 10 Year Service Award.
This wife and mother of two is also a community activist and strong advocate in the fight against domestic violence and homelessness. She lends her time & talents sharing her own personal story of DV to raise money for self-empowerment organizations. She is very candid about the struggles she and her children faced as survivors of domestic violence in her first marriage. She travels the region as a motivational speaker, talking about how they overcame those hardships and worked to revamp their lives.
Terra’s success in revamping her life and helping her children receive full four year academic college scholarships, resulted in her being honored as the Healthier Moms and Babies Inspirational Mother of the Year, the Fort Wayne Boys and Girls Club Brilliant Woman of the Year and the Purdue Parent of the Year.
A Cleveland, Ohio native, this wife and mother of two has won Anthony Awards for best actress and best supporting actress from the Fort Wayne Civic Theater. She is a former choreographer for the Unity Performing Arts Foundation and is now a current judge with the Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars annual fundraiser. Tonight she is ready to dance for us and raise money for the children at Riley.