Hanna BattahReporter/Anchor

Connect With Hanna Battah

I am excited to join the talented and hardworking Eyewitness News team, along with the Kern County community. Starting in November 2015, I co-anchor the noon newscasts and report for the evening shows.

I came to Bakersfield from Columbia, Missouri, where I anchored and reported for KOMU-TV. During my three years at the NBC affiliate, I covered everything from the police-minority tensions in Ferguson to the World Series in Kansas City. My work led to a Missouri Broadcaster's Award in event team coverage.

I am a proud Missouri School of Journalism alumna. I earned my degree in television reporting and anchoring, as well as political science. Following my interests in my two degree areas, I covered the 2014 Missouri legislative session for several news outlets, including KMOX in St. Louis. There I followed legislation aimed to improve the state's education infrastructure, controversial state execution drugs and state health care program spending.

I like to say that the work I've done in journalism has offered me a "backstage pass" to life. I'm continually amazed by the places I've travelled to on a story for newsrooms around the country. I learned from the talented WCCO team in my hometown of Minneapolis while working there as a news department intern in 2012. Trading in the Minnesota winters for the Arizona sun, I then worked in the CBS 5 Phoenix news department as a fellow.

I've been to California many times, including a 2015 conference when I served as an Association of Health Care Journalists fellow in Silicon Valley. There I knew I wanted to continue covering issues on the West Coast.

A chaotic journey has brought me to Bakersfield, but I am eager to settle in here and cover this welcoming community.

You may catch me around the area, training for an upcoming triathlon or exploring some of the area's hiking spots. If you have any hiking recommendations, story ideas, or just want to say hi, you can also reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter, or by email.