Anne is participating in Dancing with Our Stars 2020 gala to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation.
Anne Preston is used to speaking to a virtual audience -- but not dancing to one! She’s an award-winning television news anchor who is equal parts excited and terrified to be taking part in this year’s competition!
Anne anchors newscasts from Arkansas for cities throughout the country. It’s a unique setup! And it has become even more interesting this year as the coronavirus has forced her to join many of you in working from home… broadcasting the news with her living room in the background (and sometimes her dog and toddler too!).
A Florida native, Anne moved to Little Rock in 2015 with her husband Mike. She previously worked as an anchor and reporter for TV stations in Tampa, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and Gainesville, Florida.
The Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists have recognized Anne with several first-place awards for her work in broadcast news. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Florida and was inducted into the UF Hall of Fame. She was also crowned as the 2005 UF Homecoming Queen but she was not judged on her dancing for that title!
The mission of the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and its efforts to support families affected by neurofibromatosis (NF), really resonates with Anne. She and her husband are both carriers of another genetic condition, cystic fibrosis (CF). They were incredibly fortunate that their son, Pierce, was born in 2019 without the disease. But they are dedicated to helping other families who are affected. Anne and Mike work closely with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise awareness and funds to fight CF. And now Anne hopes to do the same for NF!
Anne also serves on the Advisory Council for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas (CACA). And she has helped Easter Seals with its fundraising efforts as well.
Please join Anne in supporting the Children’s Tumor Foundation -- and sway along with her (from home) as she trades in her microphone for dancing shoes!