WHNT is mourning one of its own.
Last week, 22-year-old anchor-reporter Ivy Anderson died suddenly.
According to the station, Anderson started at the Huntsville, Ala. station in January after graduating from the University of Alabama.
“We’re heart-broken to hear this news. She had much more of her life to live and leaves us way too soon,” says WHNT News 19 general manager Stan Pylant. “Ivy was a rising star and hard-working journalist. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and colleagues. We’re hurting and we are missing her greatly,.“
“Ivy was starting to live her dream—to tell people’s stories, and have her journalism make a difference for those who needed her help,” says Paul Caron, WHNT News 19 News Director. “She lit up the newsroom with her smile and was admired greatly by all of her colleagues. We’re all stunned and saddened.”
Colleagues paid tribute to her on social media upon learning about the news.
“There are some people in life you instantly click with. You get them… they get you. And you always look out for one another. That was us. I was lucky to work with and mentor @IvyAndersonTV ,” said reporter Chelsea Brentzel.
Anderson turned 22 a week before she died. Tests are being done to determine the cause of death.
There are some people in life you instantly click with. You get them… they get you. And you always look out for one another.
That was us.
I was lucky to work with and mentor @IvyAndersonTV
But I was even more lucky to have her as one of my closest friends. pic.twitter.com/PPxkYLSKoU
— Chelsea Brentzel (@ChelseaBrentzel) August 10, 2019