Reporter, Multimedia Journalist and anchor
Amanda Mason, is a reporter for Cronkite News on AZ PBS in Phoenix, AZ. This August, she will graduate with a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications from ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. This spring she is also a social media news intern at Arizona's Family (3TV/CBS 5 News) duopoly newsroom and created a brand strategy for the station's Instagram. Summer of 2017, she interned with Arizona PBS "Arizona Horizon" show hosted by Emmy-winning Host Ted Simons. For the past 9 years she lived in New York City. Amanda finished her tour in August 2017 with Feld Entertainment as a Live/On-Camera Host for Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series East Tour. This past Spring she performed in 45 Live Shows and 23 Private Pit Parties in 15 Different Cities.
Her love for broadcasting started in High School, when she anchored, wrote and produced for the Knights Morning Show. As Miss New York 2013, she continued appearing on camera and has been featured on PBS, NY1, NBC The Today Show, Brooklyn News 12, to name a few.
She studied tv hosting at Actors Connection (Patricia Stark); Feld Entertainment (Live Hosting Technique); Intensive Media & Interviewing Training from Fran Skinner-Lewis (Defense Attorney) and Kate Shindle (Miss America 1998, Broadway Performer & Author); New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and NY Film Academy.
From the Internationally Renowned Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Amanda holds a Masters in Music ('15) and Bachelors in Music ('12) Degree, with a focus on classical vocal performance. She has also studied opera in Italy and was the youngest artist accepted into Corso d’Opera program in Montepulciano, Italy (’12) and Opera Viva in Verona, Italy (’10). Over the years, she has had the honor of working with Maestro Bruno Bartoletti, world-renowned conductor; Tito Capobianco, noted stage director; Catherine Malfitano, famous Soprano; Mignon Dunn, famous Mezzo-soprano; and June Anderson, Grammy-winning Coloratura Soprano to name a few.
On April 14, 2013 Amanda made her debut at Carnegie Hall singing in a Spring Concert Festival in Weill Recital Hall. She has been seen performing in opera scenes as Countess Mariza in Grafin Mariza, Arabella in Arabella, Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Lucy in Hotel Casablanca, Musetta in La Bohème, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Giuditta in Giuditta, Mimi in La Bohème, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Despina in Così Fan Tutte. As a Lyric Soprano, Amanda continues to study the opera repertoire.
Amanda has a strong background in musical theater, pop, dance and theater training. Amanda has gained valuable experience studying at Circle in the Square, NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Actors Connection, NY Film Academy and the CA School of Cinema and Performing Arts. Amanda has performed scenes and studied lead roles from Wicked, Into The Woods, Jekyll & Hyde, Godspell, Hairspray, Phantom of the Opera, Seven Bridges for Seven Brothers and Annie Get Your Gun. Amanda Mason seen in the Off-Off Broadway production of Brigadoon with the St. Jean's Players as a featured ensemble soloist. The Summer of 2016, Amanda was nominated for Planet Connections NYC Festival "Outstanding Lead Actress in A Musical or Play with Music" Award for her role in Off-Off Broadway new musical The Golden Smile. She as also performed in the Off-Off Broadway shows Serenity: Vaudeville Cabaret at the Elektra Theatre and Beverly Bonner Show at the Broadway Comedy Club.
As a featured soloist, Amanda has been seen performing in concerts and cabarets in NY at the Triad Theatre, The Cutting Room, The Players Club, St. George Theater, Joria Productions Black Box Theater and the Landmarc Theater. She has performed the National Anthem for: NYC Half Marathon, NY Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Brooklyn Nets, Brooklyn Cyclones and Tampa Bay Lightening. As a featured soloist, Amanda has also performed at the NYC Marathon, Society for Private Investigators Annual Gala, MDA NFL Gala, Wounded Warriors Project Heroes on the Hudson and was honored to perform at the United Nations Headquarters for the opening ceremony for Youth For Human Rights International Summit.
LAS VEGAS & POP
In 2011, Amanda made her Las Vegas debut performing in the Canyon Club Theater in America’s Sound: Rock & Roll to Motown show with Las Vegas Headliner, Early Clover. She performed a variety of genres: motown, disco and opera. She loves experimenting with different genres of music.
Amanda was inspired by pop music and by age 17, had recorded over 30 original pop songs, released two CDs and one Single with multi-platinum producer, Roy “Royalty” Hamilton recording in Los Angles, Hollywood and Burbank, CA. In 2010, she recorded an R&B pop song One Day At A Time with multi-platinum producer, Joshua P. Thompson. Her CDs and Singles can be found on iTunes: Notice Me, Euphoria and Lose My Number.
MISS NEW YORK 2013
On September 15, 2013, Amanda assumed the prestigious title of Miss New York 2013 following the crowning of Miss America. She spent her year; performing and speaking all over the state of NY through her youth prevention program Middle School Movement: Reaching Youth Before Alcohol & Drugs Do. She has been a Youth Advocate for 14 years. She is currently a National Ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a former National Youth Spokesperson for Safe America Foundation and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). On June 4, 2015, Amanda was honored to receive one of Drug Free World Foundation's highest awards, Drug Free Ambassador.
In May 2014, Amanda teamed up with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to kick-off a Statewide Prevention Campaign. Amanda continues working with OASAS on their upcoming 2015 media campaign, focusing on Reaching Youth Before Alcohol & Drugs Do. She also has training in the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) program, where she studied substance abuse, addiction and prevention.
PR, MARKETING AND EVENT PLANNING
Amanda learned valuable skills as Miss New York 2013: marketing & developing a brand, creating a popular social media site, designing a website, working with a team/board of directors, event planning, obtaining a relationship with sponsor, directing a show/event and working with media. She also enhanced her fundraising & networking skills, finessed her public speaking, interviewing & improvisational skills and overall became a more self-confident individual who can handle anything! She works with the Miss New York Organization’s Public Relations and Marketing, currently as Content Manager and was Booking Manager for Miss New York 2014 and 2015.
AMANDA MASON ENTERTAINMENT
Amanda launched her small group, Amanda Mason Entertainment (AME): Discover Your Voice, Build Your Brand and Deliver Your Message. AME wants to help you establish your brand, create an online presence, develop your marketing skills, enhance your presentation, strengthen your message and overall help you build confidence to promote yourself/business. She loves offering affordable help to artists, public figures, small business owners, titleholders and career building individuals who are looking to enhance their communication skills and become more self-sufficient. www.AmandaMasonEntertainment.com. (Coming Soon)
A Texas native, Amanda started taking voice lessons at the age of 5 at Texas Christian University. Her first voice teacher recognized her potential immediately and took her on as a student, despite her young age. Amanda will never forget her first voice audition at the University. “My voice teacher was blind and her sense of hearing was amazing. I instantly fell in love with her seeing-eye dog, Franklin. I remember her telling my parents that I have a higher voice than most kids my age and if I continued singing I could become an opera singer one day.”
Amanda fell in love with performing and was mesmerized after seeing her first show Phantom of The Opera at 6 years old. She wanted to be involved in anything and everything that happened on stage. Throughout the years, Amanda continued to study voice, piano, dance and acting.
Before High School, her fate was sealed when she accepted into Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. Her continuous vocal training earned her a Soprano position with the professional touring choir, Singing Girls of Texas. In that same year, she was also picked for the lead role Antigone, in the high school’s play Antigone by Sophocles. She excelled past her age and portrayed a character that impacted the audience every single night. Amanda continued performing through High School and studied Musical Theater and Opera repertoire.
For the past 14 years, Amanda has focused her volunteer efforts on Reaching Youth Before Alcohol and Drugs Do.
Amanda has studied Martial Arts/Self-Defense
She has played: basketball, softball, volleyball, golf, tennis and is a former cheerleading captain.
For the past 10 years, Amanda wrote handwritten letters back and forth with her Grandma every week.
She was featured on the cover of Shang Mag, a Chinese luxury magazine with an 18 page fashion spread.
Received the Key to Kenner, Louisiana for her Katrina Backpack & Home Project (aiding kids and families after Hurricane Katrina).