Catherine Anaya | Phoenix, AZ News Anchor Bio - CBS 5 - KPHO

Catherine Anaya

Catherine Anaya Catherine Anaya

Three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist CATHERINE ANAYA anchors CBS 5 News weekdays at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

She joined CBS 5 News in January 2003.  The Arizona Associated Press Broadcasters Association named Catherine 'Anchor of the Year' for 2003, the same year in which she was named "Best TV Newcomer" by Phoenix Magazine, which also named Catherine and co-anchor Sean McLaughlin "Best Evening News Team" in 2010. Catherine and Sean were again voted "Favorite Anchor Team" for Arizona Foothills Magazine's Best of Our Valley 2013 and 2014.

Catherine was most recently named "Best Local TV Anchor" at the Phoenician Awards in October 2013. Arizona Foothills also named Catherine 2014's Favorite Female TV Personality, Afternoon and Evening News and News Anchor of the Year.

Catherine is a versatile journalist in both broadcast and print.  She most recently authored a monthly column for Latino Perspectives Magazine, which earned her a first place award for Magazine Commentary/Analysis from the Arizona Press Club for her column about the two Honduran boys with burn injuries.

She previously wrote an award-winning monthly parenting column for Los Angeles Family Magazine. 

In March of 2014, Catherine traveled to Washington D.C., to interview President Barack Obama at the White House about a variety of topics including minimum wage and immigration reform.

In October of 2004, Catherine proudly co-anchored a presidential debate special for CBS 5 News with the legendary Walter Cronkite.

In May of 2009, Catherine was also honored to have been asked to deliver the Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Convocation Address.

Prior to CBS 5 News, Catherine spent four years at KCBS-TV, in Los Angeles where she anchored the morning news, co-hosted an afternoon women's talk show and earned an Emmy Award nomination for her reporting from El Salvador following the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch.

CBS 5 News marks Catherine's return to the valley. She anchored the weekday morning and noon newscasts for KPNX-TV from 1992 to 1998. During her six years there, Catherine won her first Emmy Award for reporting. She also worked as a health reporter and helped launch the award-winning breast cancer awareness program Buddy Check 12. Before that, Catherine anchored the news in South Bend, Ind., and McAllen, Texas.

Catherine is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is the current Secretary and board member of the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA) and is a former member of the Fresh Start Women's Foundation Auxiliary Board and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

She is a graduate of the Valley's Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI), Class of 2004 and is the recipient of the HLI Distinguished Alumni Award. Catherine was also selected to the '40 Hispanic Leaders under 40' list, recognizing committed individuals working toward the greater good of the community. She also traveled to Israel as part of a group of National Latino Leaders and Journalists invited to the country for a week-long educational seminar.

Catherine has been honored with awards, including being named one of the AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute's 2013 honorees for individuals who lead with distinction, dedication and compassion within the community on behalf of its children; ASU Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority's Latina Excellence Award for Arts/Media and the Girl Scouts 2006 Women of Distinction World Award of the Arts for championing creative endeavors of all types.

Catherine is also a proud mother of two, a newlywed, motivational speaker, founder of the Sisterhood of Super Women, a spin instructor and an avid runner. She's run 10 marathons since 2005, including the 2007, 2011 and 2012 Boston Marathons.

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