We’re thrilled to announce that 2014’s parade Grand Marshall will be WXII anchor Wanda Starke! You can see Wanda and more than 100 businesses, community groups and marching bands this Saturday. See you there!
Originally from Hampton Roads, Va., Wanda graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in journalism and speech communication. She also attended Howard University Graduate School.
Wanda’s broadcasting career began in Augusta, Ga., and included stops in Norfolk, Greensboro and Los Angeles. There she worked at KCOP-TV for 5 1/2 years, first as a writer, reporter and later substitute anchor. In 1991, Wanda made history at WGRZ-TV as the first African American named weekday evening anchor in the Buffalo market.
Wanda has received numerous awards including The President’s Award for Volunteer Service, The Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Excellence Award Honoring Women in Media from UNCF and the Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism on Behalf of Children and Families from the Child Welfare League of America.
Wanda, who’s been affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Forsyth County since 1995, serves on the board of directors and volunteers with the in-school mentoring program. Wanda also serves on the boards of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company and the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina.
Wanda and her husband, Ron Fisher, were married in Greensboro in 1989. They are active members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem.