Harriet Vaughan-Wallace is a morning reporter for WZTV Fox 17 News This morning. She is also lead Host of Pumps & Politics. The award-winning, multimedia journalist has more than 15 years in the business as a television reporter, anchor and producer of Emmy award-winning newscasts. She has interviewed several celebrities, newsmakers and national leaders such as 2016 Presidential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Vice President Dick Cheney, Winona Judd and many more.
She has been at the forefront of many of the country’s biggest headlines. She was the only news reporter from Northwest Arkansas to be embedded with the Red Cross during Hurricane Katrina. She also provided Network News coverage for Hurricane Rita. Not one to miss the big story, she covered other big stories such as the Virginia Tech mass shooting and the Mary Winkler trial.
When she’s not in the newsroom covering the big stories, Harriet is entrenched in the community. She is co-founder of the North Nashville Flood Relief Group that helped more than 500 residents recover from the historical flood. She founded Pink Power Network, a breast cancer awareness organization that focuses its efforts on the African American and under 40 populations. She has named a Woman of Influence by the Tennessee Tribune newspaper, is a spokesperson for Susan G. Komen Nashville, WAS nominated as one of Nashville’s Emerging Leaders and was named one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30.
She is the past president of the National Association of Black Journalists – Nashville chapter, the nation’s largest journalism organization for journalists of color. At the time she was one of the youngest presidents in the organization’s history.
Harriet is HAPPILY married to Scott Wallace and is a member of The Links, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Les Gemmes, Inc. She has also served on many boards and has held regional and national positions for a variety of organizations and non-profits.
The Nashville native is a proud graduate of Hunters Lane High School and Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism.
Harriet was the faculty advisor of Tennessee State University's student newspaper The Meter, leading them to historic hights on the digital platform. She has also taught journalism and communications on the collegiate level at TSU, Volunteer State and Nashville State Community College. She was named Adjunct Professor of the Year for TSU's School of Liberal Arts and was named the 2015 Journalism Educator of the Year by the Southeastern Journalism Conference. She is also the director of the Harriet Vaughan Journalism Institute which provides journalism training to high school and college students as well as media coaching to business professionals and celebrities.