Immunocompromised St. Louis Anchor Goes Live From Her Basement Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

More journalists are working from home to contain the spread of COVID-19. That includes KSDK anchor Anne Allred, who has a compromised immune system and is at high-risk to contract the coronavirus.

Allred is currently anchoring the 6 and 10 p.m. shows from home.

“I’m facing anything from pneumonia to death,” the St. Louis anchor said in a note to viewers.


So what she decided to do caught the attention of viewers and news outlets across the country. Starting Monday, she began anchoring the news from her home.

“Just a mom about to do the news live from her basement,” Allred said with a picture on Twitter.

Instead of a video monitor next to her make-shift anchor desk, it’s toys. Instead of a teleprompter, it’s printed scripts.

Allred had a kidney transplant three years ago and still takes medication to suppress her immune system.

And until COVID-19 passes, anchoring from her home is her new reality.