Taryn Vanderford

Pure Nebraska and First at Four Anchor
Lincoln, NE
Taryn Vanderford

Taryn Vanderford is an Emmy Award winning journalist who's been with 10/11 news since 2010, serving various roles. Most recently, she anchors and produces 10/11 First at Four, and co-anchors Pure Nebraska with her husband Jon at 9 a.m. Taryn also provides a daily report in the 5 p.m. newscast.

A farm girl from Pender, Nebraska, Taryn attended a country school. She graduated with highest distinction from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism. In college, she played saxophone in the Cornhusker Marching Band, where she met Jon.

For seven years, Taryn and Jon lived in Knoxville, Tennessee where Taryn worked as a producer, writer and researcher for the following national shows: A&E's "America's Castles", HGTV's "Country at Home", "Country Style" and "Restore America", and the DIY Network's "Weekend Decorating" and "DIY Basics." Taryn and her team were pleased to win a Telly Award for their work on the HGTV show "Country Style." A highlight for Taryn included field producing a segment with her family here in Nebraska for the TV special "Thanksgiving Across America" on the Food Network.

During her career, Taryn has been a radio announcer for country stations WIVK and WOKI in Knoxville and for KFOR, 96KX and KFRX in Lincoln. She also served as an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Taryn and Jon enjoy being involved with the community and frequently serve as emcees for area charity events. Taryn's greatest joy is being a mom to their two kids.

  • Bachelor of Journalism Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Awards
  • Emmy Award and Nominations, Telly Award, AP Awards, Nebraska Broadcasters Association Awards, Nebraska Tourism Award, Various Community Awards