Addie Hampton: Miss Teen Georgia America 2003
Miss Teen Cobb County
"My Man" from "Funny Girl"
Following a wonderful year serving her state as Miss Teen Georgia America, Addie graduated high school with top honors. Her scholarship through the MAO opened the doors to study music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. For two years, Addie honed her craft, studying opera, musical theater and contemporary music. Still, Addie felt God pulling her towards a different path and a leap of blind faith led her to the University of Georgia and it’s esteemed Grady College of Journalism.
Addie is a cum laude graduate UGA with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Digital Media with emphasis on Political Science. There she was an anchor, reporter and executive producer for “UGA Newsource” on WNEG, which, at that time, was the only television news outlet for 26 counties in Northeast Georgia.
Her coverage of a three day man hunt of a cop killer and his live televised surrender earned Addie a Hearst Award nomination. She was also summer intern with WSB-TV in Atlanta, where she went undercover to catch drug dealers in the act.
Addie began her career as a Multimedia Journalist for Panma City’s ABC affiliate, WMBB-TV. While there, she was a “one man band” — shooting, writing editing and reporting her work on a daily basis. She was soon appointed chief reporter for the region’s largest county as well as political reporter, court reporter and anchor.
While in Florida, Addie reported extensively on Election 2012, the impact of the “fiscal cliff”, changes in the Affordable Healthcare Act, and the civilian impacts of sequestration. She also was the only reporter to fully cover a two week death penalty trial for the murder of a 15 year old Georgia Teen. Her work earned regional praise and national attention.
In January 2014, Addie moved to South Carolina to continue her work as a reporter for WSPA-TV, based in Greenville. She feels blessed to be closer to her family and her beloved home state.
In her spare time, Addie enjoys spending time with her rescue dog, Rosie, walking and biking, singing in her church choir and community events, and cheering on her beloved Georgia Bulldogs. She credits the Miss America Organization and the Teen program for giving her a solid foundation for her future career and for the rest of her life.