Amber Diaz joined News 8 in March of 2020, a time that will be remembered as the beginnings of the growing Coronavirus pandemic. She reports and anchors the weekend evening news at 6p, 10p & 11p.
Amber has been in the business of story-telling for almost 10 years. She has told stories in Washington D.C., Portland, Oregon, the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York and Miami, Florida.
On February 14, 2019, she was one of the first reporters called to the front lines after 17 innocent people were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida. Eight months later, she would find herself interviewing people who had just missed being crushed by Florida International University’s newly built pedestrian bridge.
The Connecticut native, who will never turn down a slice of pizza, is finally home.
Amber was born and raised in Waterbury and attended Holy Cross High Cross High School where she excelled in English. From there, she attended the University of Connecticut where she double-majored in English and Journalism. Amber then went on to receive her Masters Degree in broadcast and digital journalism at the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University—the best thing she ever did.
Amber has a younger brother who dances better than she can sing.
Along with spending time with her family and friends, she loves watching movies and scaring her dog, Winnie.
Amber answers some questions about her life outside the studio:
What inspired you to work in news?
April O’Neil from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stories. This is not a joke.
What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
Sally’s Apizza, though I love many others.
Who is your favorite author?
Wally Lamb (fun fact: He went to UConn and grew up in Norwich.)
What’s the best memory you have as a child?
Going to Disney World with my parents and getting violently ill on some rides.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
What’s something you don’t know about me?
I danced ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical for 18 years. (Miss it everyday)