Anna Canzano

Anna Canzano Biography, Husband, Career and Awards

Anna Canzano Biography

Anna Song Canzano is an American broadcast journalist. She works at KOIN-Television in Portland, Oregon. Previously, she worked at Portland’s KATU and Los Angeles’ ABC NewsOne and held an internship at KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

Anna Canzano

Anna Canzano Early Life

She was born in Taiwan and emigrated to the United States with her family when she was two years old. Anna grew up in northeast Portland and graduated from Parkrose High School. She spent much of her young life helping her mother clean rooms and manage their 28-unit motel on Sandy Boulevard.

Anna attended Pepperdine University on an academic scholarship and graduated with degrees in broadcast journalism and international business.

Anna Canzano Husband

She is married to the love of her life, John Canzano.  The couple married in July 2010. John is the national award-winning sports columnist for The Oregonian and afternoon-drive radio show host at 750AM. Following the marriage, she changed her professional name from Anna Song to Anna Canzano.

Anna Canzano Career

Canzano began working as a reporter for KATU in 1999. She later becomes one of the station’s regular weekend news anchorpersons, in 2003. She continued serving in that position until December 2016, when she announced on-air and via Twitter that she was moving to another Portland television station. KOIN announced in January 2017 that it hired Canzano away from KATU.

In 2007, she did a piece on Jordaan Clarke who underwent heart surgery as an infant. The surgery was held at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) hospital. Afterward, suffered a prolonged oxygen deprivation causing permanent and profound brain damage.

Canzano’s report revealed that OHSU benefits from rare and unusual protection from the state. She said that the state caps malpractice damages at $200,000 per incident. The luxury was not widely available to other entities in the state of Oregon, according to documents obtained by the reporter.

Later in 2008, she did an investigative piece on the struggle of a homeless high school student.

Anna Canzano Awards

Canzano has won numerous accolades in her career. Some of these awards include including the 2012 Best Investigative Reporting Award from the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. She also received the Edward R. Murrow Award in Investigative Reporting in 2007. 

Canzano, a 16-time regional Emmy Award nominee, won an Emmy Award in 2008 in the category “Human Interest”. In 2012, Canzano won a second Emmy Award, this time in the category of “Crime Reporting.”  In 2003, Canzano’s in-depth coverage of the murder of two Oregon City teenagers, Miranda Gaddis, and Ashley Pond, and the investigation into their deaths helped earn KATU an Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage.

“Casualties of War,” a documentary she co-produced and wrote in 2005. Due to it, she was honored with a 1st place Associated Press (AP) award for news writing. Canzano also won 1st place in the 2009 and 2008 Associated Press Awards in the Best Hard News Coverage categories, as well as 2007, 2006, and 2005 Best Writing category. She has also won 1st place awards in Best Investigative Reporting, documentary and feature categories, for Oregon, from the AP.

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