Vanessa Welch is an Emmy-Award winning anchor for Boston 25 News. She was recently named 2017 Best Anchor for the Boston/New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
She joined WFXT in 2015 and couldn’t be more excited to co-anchor Boston 25 News every night at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 with Mark Ockerbloom.
Every weeknight, Vanessa is at the helm of breaking and developing stories. She’s traveled with Massachusetts state legislators to Colorado as they studied the impact of legalizing marijuana, reported live from Orlando following the 2016 Pulse Night Club Shooting and has reported at length on the state’s opioid crisis.
Vanessa comes to Boston 25 after nearly nine years as an anchor and reporter at Cox Media Group’s WFTV in Orlando, FL. Vanessa’s success in both anchoring newscasts and effecting change through impactful storytelling speaks for itself. She has been a watchdog for taxpayers, and a strong champion for viewers in need of help. She has also covered national stories of interest including the Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman trials.
Prior to WFTV, Vanessa was a reporter and fill-in anchor at WTVD in Raleigh, NC. She began her on-air career as a reporter at KOSA in West Texas and later anchored the morning newscast.
Vanessa has a heart for service, and putting down roots in the Boston area has meant jumping right in to do some good in the community. She is actively involved with Boston Partners In Education, The American Red Cross, Make-A-Wish, The Salvation Army and IGer’s Boston.
Vanessa won a 2015 Emmy Award for her story on children with special needs beating the odds and learning to swim. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and is humbled by the opportunity to serve New Englanders and become a trusted news source for viewers. Vanessa is married to Boston 25 News Meteorologist Jason Brewer. They are thrilled to call Boston home, and have plenty to explore with three young boys under the age of 5.
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