Andrea Finney - Hired at WHP
Andrea Finney is a Weekend Anchor and Reporter at WHP in Harrisburg, PA. She moved to WHP after being the Morning Anchor at KALB in Alexandria, Louisiana. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Radio/Television: Broadcast Journalism from Arkansas State University and a Master of Arts in Communications Degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Andrea has always been inspired by the matriarch of her family. Watching her grandmother become a State Representative in Little Rock, President of the Progressive League of College Station, Justice of the Peace, and a business owner gave her the impetus to effect change through Journalism. Her grandmother beat the odds while maintaining her modest residence in the less affluent community of College Station, Arkansas. It's where her grandmother raised her family. Its where Andrea grew up. So, at a very young age, Andrea received the fruitful qualities of diligence, dedication, and perseverance, despite her background.
Andrea got her start in her hometown at KATV Channel 7 News, hosting “The Morning Juice,” covering a wide range of topics from the latest in entertainment news to the controversy surrounding the Religious Freedom Laws in Arkansas and Indiana. But it wasn't until the 2015 mass church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina that revealed her calling to tell stories that impact the lives of everyday people. Gun laws once again became a hot topic, and Channel 7 is where her love for policy, government, and its impact upon the lives of everyday people was born.
Once moving to KTBS in Shreveport, she was thrown her right into the swing of general reporting just as she was hired. On her third day of work, she was sent to cover the floods of South Louisiana in August of 2016. In Baton Rouge, she saw floods completely wash away neighborhoods and businesses. She and her photographer videotaped from boats as both emergency crews and everyday people worked to rescue others from their homes. It made her all the more grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate what was happening and motivate others to help.
With her grandmother in mind, she aspires to surpass even her goals and never stop dreaming.