Anna Johnson-Riedel shines wherever she goes. She’s an integral part of Silver Stars and has hosted this prestigious event since 2006. Now, she IS a Silver Star.
“It’s been one of the highlights of my life,” Anna says joyfully. Most Tallahassee seniors “know” Anna from her many years with WCTV when she anchored the Good Morning Show and Midday Report. She also traveled with WCTV tours abroad. “I’ve been involved with a number of fund raisers in the WCTV coverage area and served as campaign chairman of United Way.”
Not only a television personality for 35 years, Anna found herself with a deep commitment to involve herself with numerous community programs. “The most meaningful time of my life was when I introduced my audience to Forever Families.” It gave me the opportunity to give foster children a loving home. People would stop me in restaurants, in the mall or even on the street to tell me they adopted the most wonderful child as a result of seeing the need on television.
Anna became familiar to most when she participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon for many years. “I spent a good deal of time with these kids and adults with Muscular Dystrophy,” Anna recalls, “and the experience touched my heart in an unforgettable special way.”
“I feel good,” said Anna, “about being engaged in so many meaningful things.” She has her own marketing company with several clients and partners with the Villas at Killearn Lakes as a community relations advisor. With a great depth of experience and her deep commitment to her clients, Anna knows how to create opportunities.
Tallahassee’s Senior Games benefited from her love of engaging an audience, sharing the podium with Bryan Desloge and participating in the games are fond memories. This Silver Star even competed in the bowling event. She’s also been Grand Marshall for the Springtime Tallahassee parade and was featured on the cover of Tallahassee Woman Magazine.
She and Robert Riedel were married for 34 years; he passed away three years ago.
Anna has four children, three daughters and a son; Michelle Bryant, Stephanie Wolfe, Jay Wolfe and Teri Wolfe Carroll and she is blessed to have five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
By Rosetta Stone Land