Memphis Reporter-Anchor Moonlights as Blues Singer

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Commercial Appeal

On a typical workday, Anna Marie Hartman might have to track down the family of a girl struck by lightning. Or rush to a grassy field where police are bagging up the corpse of a murdered athlete.

For nearly 15 years, she has been a fixture on WMC-TV, Channel 5, pulling double duty as a weekday reporter and a weekend anchor. Her brown hair, pulled back or pinned up for the camera, has a lawyerly air. Her tone is friendly, but businesslike.

Hartman takes her job very seriously. But she doesn’t take it home with her. More…