Heather Van Nest

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Heather Van Nest

I was born in Orange County, California. I have two older brothers. My dad was transferred to Minneapolis, where I spent most of my time before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also spent a semester studying abroad in Seville, Spain.

I started out as a video editor, reporter, producer and anchor at WAOW in Wausau, Wisconsin. My next job took me to WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida where I became a consumer investigative reporter and fill-in anchor. In 2002, I accepted a morning anchor position at WTSP and roughly two years later, was promoted to evening news anchor.

I'm honored to say I've received several awards including investigative and individual achievement awards, Society of Professional Journalists and an Edward R. Murrow Award for "Risky Rays: Don't Get Burned" a news documentary on skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology also honored me with a national Gold Triangle Award. One of my proudest professional moments happened after a series of investigative reports exposed late model salvaged cars that were rebuilt and sold to unsuspecting buyers. 

As a result, in May of 2002, Governor Jeb Bush signed legislation that closed a dangerous loophole in Florida's salvage law. As a consumer investigator, I was named Northeast Florida's "Consumer Advocate of the Year."

When not at work, I'm always busy with my two young children, a girl and boy. We belong to Sweetwater Community Organic Farm because we like to cook and eat a lot of fresh foods. I am a natural health advocate. 

Tampa Bay is a great place to call home. Not only does it have some of the best beaches in the world, but the people who live here make it even better. 

No matter the need -- whether it's back to school supplies, baby diapers or clothing -- this community always gives back.

Check out my website Heather's Natural Health.

Twitter: @WTSPHeather
Facebook: www.facebook.com/heather.vannest

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