Ivy Anderson, a reporter with WHNT in Alabama, has died at the age of 22. Anderson passed away less than a week after her 22nd birthday. Her cause of death has not been made public.
Anderson’s death was announced in a Facebook post from WHNT’s anchor Jerry Hayes. Hayes said in his post that Anderson had died in her sleep. While the station’s general manager, Stan Pylant, said in a statement, “We’re heart-broken to hear this news. She had much more of her life to live and leaves us way too soon. Ivy was a rising star and hard-working journalist. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and colleagues. We’re hurting and we are missing her greatly.”
Anderson had been working at WHNT since graduating from the University of Alabama in January 2019. She had been working as a multimedia journalist with the station. Anderson was a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Upon taking a role at WHNT, Anderson told the station’s website, “I’m excited to tell northern Alabama’s stories and meet all the great people throughout the area. So far I love everything about Huntsville.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Less Than a Week Before Her Death, Anderson Said She Couldn’t Wait to See What the Next Year Would Bring
In a Facebook post on her birthday, Anderson wrote, “Even though I had to work today, I’m thankful for my great coworkers, friends and family who helped make my day so special! Thank you for all the birthday wishes! I can’t wait to see what 21 (round 2) holds!???.”
2. Anderson’s Death Has Described as Being of ‘Natural Causes’
WHNT described Anderson’s death as being “of natural causes” and the station’s report says that Anderson “suddenly died.” The medical examiner’s report on Anderson’s death will not be publicly available for three months. The WHNT article pays tribute to her saying, “We are so blessed to have worked with her and gotten to know her. Ivy had a wonderful heart, great humor and a passion that came through in her life and work.”
3. Anderson Graduated Magna Cum Laude From the University of Alabama
The Chattanoogan reports that Anderson was a 2015 graduate of Signal Mountain High School where she was also on the school’s cheerleading squad. Anderson was a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences Degree from the University of Alabama in 2019. Anderson was in the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Prior to working for WHNT, Anderson interned for WTVC in 2017 and worked for a time at WVUA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the Chattanoogan report says.
Anderson’s family obituary refers to her by the name Ivy Snow Ervin.
4. Anderson Is Survived by Her Family & Boyfriend
At the time of her death, Anderson was in a relationship with fellow University of Alabama graduate, Forrest Petty. Petty studied criminology and counter-terrorism at the school. According to his LinkedIn page, Petty works for Science Applications International Corporation, a government technology contractor. Like Anderson, Petty lives in Huntsville, Alabama.
5. Anderson’s Colleagues Have Taken to Social Media En Masse to Pay Tribute to This Talented Journalist
Many of Anderson’s friends and colleagues have taken to social media to pay tribute to this talented journalist. Here are some of the most poignant messages: