Tara anchors the CBS19 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., & 11 p.m.
Tara Wheeler is excited to return to the station that started her career after spending three years anchoring the morning news in Roanoke. You can catch her anchoring the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on CBS19. UVA sports fans may also recognize Tara as the in-arena host for home football and men's basketball games.
A graduate of Penn State University with a degree in journalism, Tara was also the starting goalie for the Penn State women's ice hockey team. Half of her education was paid for through the Air Force ROTC program. She served in the Air Force reserves until 2006. The other half of her education was paid for by the Miss America Organization.
Tara was crowned Miss Virginia 2008, and was a Quality of Life finalist at the 2009 Miss America pageant. She believes that "Beauty is as Beauty Does" and used her title to raise more than $50,000 for pediatric cancer research when she partnered with the St. Baldrick's Foundation and shaved her head BALD in solidarity with the children fighting the disease.
In her free time, Tara enjoys playing ice hockey, volunteering in the community, and is also a dance fitness instructor at ACAC. Tara loves getting out and about with her little boy to enjoy all that Charlottesville and the surrounding areas have to offer. If you see them around town, be sure to say "Hi!"