cbs13.com - Diana Penna
Aside from her
busy reporting schedule, Diana
also is out and about speaking frequently at a number of community events.
is involved with a number of community organizations.
A former longtime board member for the American Heart Association, she also served as emcee of their annual Gala for the past 10 years.
The Huntington's Disease Society
of America Northern California chapter recently honored her
with their Humanitarian Award.
has also been honored each year for her
dedicated work with the Delta Blood Bank
also has co-authored an academic research paper that was presented in the fall of 2002 at the National Association of Blood Banks
, which addresses the power of television to get people motivated to give the gift of life.
has also been a featured speaker at the American Medical Association's
Science Writers' Conference.
Diana's topic: "Taking Your Health Franchise Out To the Community!"
also spearheads our "Drive Thru Beat the Flu Campaign" held at various locations each fall.
With the help of the Sutter Visiting Nurses Association
, viewers can drive up and receive their flu shot conveniently.
has also been honored for her
community work and reporting by the Northern California Psychological Association, the CA Mental Health Association and the Child Abuse Prevention Council
An Emmy-nominated reporter for several years, Diana
took home a statute for a special series she
produced for CBS13
American Women In Radio and Television honored her
for Outstanding Achievement as a health reporter.
The California Association of Health Facilities
also named Diana "California Medical Reporter of the Year" in 2002.
tackles important issues about health care and makes sense of complicated medical issues.
started the health franchise in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most popular segments in the region, helping viewers make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their families.
Diana's compassionate style of reporting has earned her
a reputation as the area's leading medical reporter.
Diana came to CBS13 from Pennsylvania where she became one of the most respected health reporters in the country.
work has been seen nationwide on CNBC's "Steals and Deals" and her
stories were seen weekly on 200 NBC affiliate stations across the nation.
has received numerous public service and journalism awards throughout her
career, including the prestigious National Headliner Award for Investigative Journalism; a first place Associated Press award for Breaking News and Feature Reporting; and an Emmy nomination for her
role as host of an award-winning medical show in Pennsylvania.
She graduated from Villanova University with a double major in English and Communication Arts.
She started her career in broadcasting producing for Shadow Traffic in Philadelphia during her last two years in college.
also finished her
last semester in college at night to take her
first full time position as a researcher for the investigative Unit at WCAU-TV
(now NBC 10) in Philadelphia.
After that she
went in front of the camera to become an anchor/reporter at WUTR-TV
in Utica, NY and WBRE-TV
in Wilkes Barre and Scranton, PA before moving to Sacramento.