Hannah Horne, on and off the air
December 2010 - Cover Story
by Susan Benesh
Hannah Horne, the smiling television anchor who greets many Columbians every weekday morning, offers more than just pleasant confidence along with the daily news. Thereâ€™s also that welcome dose of serenity.
â€œWorry and faith are incompatible,â€ Hannah explains. A series of conversations with the long-time WIS-TV newswoman reveals her steadfast Christian faith, which, she says, has guided her along unpredictable paths, personally and professionally. Sheâ€™s glad she let her faith take charge.
â€œA happy childhood following a straight and narrow pathâ€ is how she describes her beginnings in Mobile, Ala. Raised in a Christian home and surrounded by a loving family, she inherited her pianist motherâ€™s talent for music. â€œIâ€™ve been singing as long as Iâ€™ve been speaking,â€ Hannah says, remembering her first solo at age four. She gained a firm foundation in Christian music and was active in church choirs through high school. â€œChristian music and singing always had strong pull on me. I was in the high school Glee Club before it was cool.â€
After high school graduation, the religiously affiliated University of Mobile offered her a scholarship to sing with their traveling music group.