Some people are just naturals. In December 2004, Catherine Anaya was at the KPHO-TV holiday party when a co-worker asked her if she was interested in joining the station’s team to run in the Phoenix Rock n’ Roll half marathon the following month. Catherine had never run more than five miles before and, other than being a high school cheerleader in Costa Mesa, California, she had never participated in an organized sport. But, perhaps as the result of one glass of wine too many, Catherine agreed to join KPHO’s half marathon team. After awaking the next morning to the realization that the race was last than a month away, Catherine bought some running shoes. A few weeks later, she ran the half marathon and enjoyed it. She signed up for the full marathon the following year, and not only enjoyed that, but discovered afterward that her time was only a few minutes shy of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. The following year, Catherine ran her second Rock n’ Roll marathon, and this time she qualified for Boston. On April 16, 2007, Catherine Anaya ran the Boston Marathon. She was 39 years old and had been running for only 27 months. Catherine has since run the Boston Marathon two more times…to date.
What sort of person does that? Catherine Anaya does that.
Catherine’s broadcast career has been similarly amazing. After graduating for USC’s Annenberg School, Catherine spent the first few years of her career at KRGV-TV in Weslaco, Texas and at WSB-TV in South Bend, Indiana. She came to Phoenix in 1992 to join KPNX-TV. After six years as an anchor and reporter at KPNX, Catherine went west to join KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. After four years in L.A. as an anchor and reporter, Catherine was lured back to Phoenix in 2003 by KPHO-TV. Catherine spent the next 12 years as one of the KPHO’s evening anchors and during that time was named the “Anchor of the Year” by the Arizona Associated Press Broadcasters Association. She won several Emmy Awards during that time and conducted many significant interviews, including one with President Barack Obama at the White House in 2014. Catherine also co-anchored with the legendary Walter Cronkite in 2004 after a presidential debate between President George Bush and John Kerry at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium.
Since 2016, Catherine has worked at AZTV, where she is the host of “Arizona Daily Mix.” She is also the host of the weekly radio show, “The Women’s Eye,” on 1480 KPHX.
“Catherine’s professionalism brings a warm glow to any television screen,” says AZTV’s CEO Lynn Londen. “She enhances every subject she interviews, and has her own unique way of bringing out the importance of every topic she covers.”
Catherine is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the current secretary of the Arizona Latino News Media Association Board of Directors and is a graduate of the Valley’s Hispanic Leadership Institute, Class of 2004. She is also a member of the Make-A-Wish Arizona Board of Directors. In 2009, Catherine founded the Sisterhood of Super Women, a group of women from all walks of life that meets for lunch once a month to inspire and motivate each other and select charities for donations. Catherine is also the director of The Lats Legacy Foundation, which raises money for scholarships at the University of Southern California. Catherine is also an active speaker at community and charitable events. In 2017 she was inducted into the Silver Circle in our chapter.
Oh, and Catherine is also a killer a spin-cycle instructor.