Diana Pierce is a Twin Cities multimedia journalist and her passion is to help others tell their story, moving hearts as well as minds. She was an anchor for KARE 11 News from 1983 until April 2016. In 2018, she is launching “What’s Next? with Diana Pierce,” an online show that helps baby boomers discover new ideas for pursing their passions and dreams as they approach their “what’s next?” She’s also a featured speaker for Women in Leadership events.
Among her career highlights as a journalist and anchor at KARE:
– Covering the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas.
– Traveling to Japan to report on the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II.
– Talking live with Astronaut Robert Cabana, a Minnesotan, as he was circling the earth in the space shuttle in 1990.
Her journalistic path has led her to interviews with the famous and the infamous:
– Vice President Dan Quayle.
– Academy award-winning actress Meryl Streep.
– The KKK’s Grand Wizard David Duke.
In 1989, she received a National Merit of Achievement from the National Muscular Dystrophy Association for “ALS: the Joe Dilts story,” documenting a man’s final days while living with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
In 2009, she was inducted into the Minnesota Museum of Broadcasting’s Hall of Fame.
In 2017, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Upper Midwest Chapter inducted her into the Silver Circle Honor Society for her “significant contribution to the television industry well above and beyond that required by the job.”
An active community volunteer and leader, Diana has also devoted her time to many local charities including the YWCA, Animal Humane Society, WAMSO (Women’s Auxiliary for the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra), and the Diana Pierce Family Mile/Twin Cities in Motion. She has been honored as a JCI-Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotan. In 2012, she was recognized as a Girl Scouts Centennial Trailblazer Honoree.
Diana received her Master of Arts in Leadership from Augsburg University in 2015. She received a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University in 1978.
When it comes to music, Diana started when she was in high school, moving to Hollywood to sing and record with a Christian Contemporary group named ” The New Neighborhood“. Since then, Diana has sung throughout the years at different charity events that finally culminated in three Cds, Good News, Be A Light and Joyful. Diana has also sung the national anthem at the Vikings, the Timberwolves and for the Twins.