Alabama Reporter Ivy Anderson Found Dead at 22, says station

August 11, 2019 Updated: August 11, 2019

A 22-year-old Alabama reporter was found dead over the weekend, and officials said she died of natural causes.

An official with WHNT, where Ivy Anderson worked, said that she died in her sleep, reported Medical tests reportedly won’t be available for 12 weeks.

Anderson began working at the station in January after graduating from the University of Alabama.

“We’re heart-broken to hear this news. She had much more of her life to live and leaves us way too soon,” WHNT News 19 General Manager Stan Pylant said on the station’s website. “Ivy was a rising star and hard-working journalist. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and colleagues. We’re hurting and we are missing her greatly.”

It added that Anderson, a Chattanooga native, celebrated her birthday on Aug. 4.

“Ivy was starting to live her dream—to tell people’s stories, and have her journalism make a difference for those who needed her help,” Paul Caron, WHNT News 19 News Director, said on the website. “She lit up the newsroom with her smile and was admired greatly by all of her colleagues. We’re all stunned and saddened.”

The Chattanoogan newspaper reported that she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences Degree from the University of Alabama last year and was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.

Her colleagues at WHNT offered condolences following her death.

Other details about her death are not clear.