Amanda is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning journalist. Since 2018, Amanda has loved being part of the FOX 35 'Good Day Orlando' morning news team.
While she was born and raised in the Sunshine State, she has moved to three other states as a broadcast journalist. Most recently, she reported for News 13 in Orlando, investigating community concerns and covering court cases.
Prior to her move back to Central Florida, she reported in Greensboro, North Carolina for Time Warner Cable News, where she was recognized as one of the top reporters in the state by The Associated Press. While in Greensboro, she provided complete and continuous coverage of the John Edwards campaign finance trial from the federal courthouse. And before moving to North Carolina, Amanda worked as a reporter for WAKA-CBS in Montgomery, Alabama, where she covered national stories, such as Alabama's controversial law on illegal immigration, and the devastating tornadoes that ripped through the state, causing severe damage and hundreds of fatalities.
Amanda completed graduate work at the New York Film Academy in Manhattan, where she studied broadcast journalism in a program affiliated with NBC News. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. While in college, Amanda completed internships at NBC's 'Today' show in New York City and WCJB TV20 News in her hometown of Gainesville.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys going for runs, traveling and playing with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named Rosy.
The latest from Amanda McKenzie
Heroic Florida deputy honored for saving man from hurricane floodwaters
FOX 35 is honoring one deputy for his heroic work saving a man’s life.
Banks offering highest interest rates on savings accounts in more than a decade
As the feds weigh whether to continue raising rates to curb inflation, one silver lining to the consumer can be seen in your savings account.
Florida high school students learn CPR: 'really going to make a difference'
It was last week when a girl's basketball coach at St. Cloud Middle School collapsed on the court during the game. Bodycam video from a St. Cloud police officer showed the moment a school resource officer rushed in with an automated external defibrillator (AED) and began providing CPR until emergency crews arrived.
Track Chair program coming to Florida allows the mobility-impaired to explore wilderness
A new one-of-a-kind program to help mobility impaired individuals experience nature trails is coming to Central Florida.
Baby dolphin injured after getting caught in crab trap now thriving at SeaWorld Orlando
A rescued bottlenose baby dolphin named Ridgway is a big hit in his new pool at SeaWorld Orlando. FOX 35 went behind the scenes to meet the folks who nursed him back to health after he almost lost his life when he was caught in a crab trap in Clearwater.
Flagler Beach pier closed; projects underway to repair it after Hurricane Ian destruction
On Flagler Beach, projects are underway to repair the historic pier and sand dunes after Hurricane Ian.
Seminole County firefighter loses leg, fighting for life after motorcycle crash
A Seminole County firefighter is fighting for his life after he was injured in a motorcycle crash. Now, his fellow firefighters are doing what they can to support him.
Kissimmee donation drive to provide relief to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona aftermath
Puerto Rico is still in the dark after being hit by Hurricane Fiona. Efforts are underway locally to get supplies to the people that need it the most.
Seminole County to receive $688K to restore Little Wekiva River
It has been two years since neighbors have been able to enjoy canoeing and kayaking at Little Wekiva River, which has become overgrown with invasive plants that are threatening the river's ecosystem.
More people surrendering their pets due to relocation concerns, Florida animal shelters say
At least two animal shelters in Central Florida are reporting an increase in owners surrendering their pets and both are hearing similar reasons – people are moving or relocating.