Meet Danner Evans
On August 8, 2008, Danner Evans will make her Grand Strand debut as anchor of the evening news on WMBF-TV, the new NBC affiliate serving our area. Sasee is pleased to welcome Danner and her husband, Norwood, to the Grand Strand.
What inspired you to choose television news as your career?
I grew up watching 20/20 with my mom and loved it! Even as a child I knew I wanted to be involved in television news. After graduating from the University of Kansas, I took a job as a part-time producer working the night shift. It was not a glamorous job. Mostly I just answered the phones all night. Eventually I got my first reporting job at a NBC affiliate in Lake Charles, La., and before coming here I was the morning and noon news anchor in Lynchburg, Va.
What’s it like behind the scenes at the newsroom?
I spend as much as three hours preparing for each newscast; I want to really know the stories before we air. Even though they are usually already written, I like to tweak them so that they sound like me. Hair and makeup take time also. I wear cake makeup on air – I actually have freckles, but no one can see them. At home, though, I don’t wear any makeup at all.
How do you relax when you’re not working?
I love to run and have competed in quite a few races. My first marathon was the N.Y. Marathon, and that was the best tour of the city I’ve ever taken. Since then I’ve run a 10 miler in Lynchburg, Va., and last year I did my first triathlon. I had planned to do the Richmond, Va., marathon, but I broke my pinky toe and missed it!
My husband and I both love college basketball – he is a Duke fan and I, of course, support KU. He rallied for my Jayhawks after Duke lost early on in the NCAA tourney this year. We cheered together when KU took on UNC on our wedding night. It was hilarious. People at our reception kept running to and from the tables to check the score.
We share our home with three cats and one dog – all of them are rescued animals we adopted. Marley, our dog, is a Jack Russell/Beagle mix, and he came to the station in Lynchburg with the local humane society. As soon as I saw him I knew he was my dog.
Contact Danner at email@example.com.