Amy Lacey

Amy Lacey

Amy Lacey is the award-winning co-anchor of 8News at 5 and 5:30, which earned the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast in 2016.

Amy was named 2014 Best News Anchor of the Year, Virginia & West Virginia by the Associated Press (AP). She was also recognized by the AP as Best News Anchor in the Commonwealth for both 2011 and 2013. 

Amy has received the prestigious RTDNA national Kaleidoscope Award for excellence on reporting on diversity an unprecedented two times. In 2017, she was honored for highlighting individuals living with mental illnesses and the need for more resources in the year-long project, 'Faces of Recovery.'  She received the Kaleidoscope Award in 2016 for the series ‘Living Transgender in RVA,’ which looks at challenges faced by members of Richmond’s transgender population and their hopes for the future. 'Living Transgender in RVA' also received a 2016 AP Award in the Best Documentary/In-Depth Reporting category. 

The Virginia Association of Broadcasters (VAB) recognized Amy in 2016 with its Best Human Interest Series award for 'From Felony to Family' and again in 2017 for 'Faces of Recovery.'

For her work to raise awareness about children in Virginia’s foster system, Amy received the UMFS Child Advocate Guardian Award in 2014. The nonprofit Here2Hear acknowledged her efforts to bring attention to issues impacting Richmond’s deaf and hard of hearing community with its 2016 Advocacy Award. In 2017, Amy was named a ‘Kindness Ambassador’ by the nonprofit REAP and received the PurposeBound Parents 'Inspired Award' for her outreach in the community.

Amy grew up outside of Pittsburgh in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, where she was inducted into the Uniontown Area High School Hall of Fame in 2017. She graduated from Duquesne University with degrees in Journalism and Psychology, and she completed a Journalism program at American University. While in college, Amy reported and anchored local news for WDUQ-FM, a National Public Radio affiliate. She also won various Communication awards.

Before joining 8News in April 2004, Amy was a Bureau Chief and Fill-in Anchor for WCTI-TV in New Bern, NC. She also worked as a Reporter and Fill-in Anchor at KOAM-TV in Joplin, MO and as an Associate Producer at WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh. Amy loves working in television news because she learns so much about different issues and has a chance to reach thousands of people every day. She also says you can’t beat the adrenaline rush of covering severe weather or breaking news!

Amy is a frequent guest speaker and emcee in the Richmond area and is passionate about helping local nonprofits, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for which she was a Woman of the Year candidate in 2012.

In 2017, Amy and her husband welcomed a baby girl. When she has a rare free moment, Amy enjoys being a tourist in Richmond and traveling, in general. Shopping in Carytown and baking cake pops are two other pastimes. 

Amy has a soft spot in her heart for animals, especially her cat Gizmo who she adopted while doing a story at a North Carolina animal shelter after Hurricane Isabel. For her animal advocacy, Amy received a 2013 Dedication Award from the Southside SPCA for helping to give homeless animals a voice in the community.