Savannah News Anchor Becomes First Person in U.S. to Participate in Phase 3 Covid-19 Vaccine Trial

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WTOC anchor Diane Baker is making history.

She has been selected as the country’s first patient in a Phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial underway in Savannah, Ga., according to the station.

“This last five months have been really tough for me and I am sure it has been for everybody. Just kind of sitting around wondering when this is going to end and hearing about all the people who have been so incredibly sick including Lyndsey [Gough, WTOC sports reporter] and also hearing about the large number of people who have died right here in America. We all sit around and we think that we’re helpless, we can’t do anything. We wear our masks, we stay away from people, but we really have seen that that’s not really enough. So I thought that it was an amazing opportunity to be a part of the solution. Who knows this might be it, that could save people’s lives and I think that it’s time for all of us to do our part,” said Baker.


Baker has been anchoring throughout the pandemic. She reported daily on co-worker Gough’s fight against the virus, which at one point put the sports reporter in the hospital for 11 days.

The Phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial will take two years, according to WTOC.