Emily R. West is a journalist working on the web desk at News Channel 5 Nashville. Previously, she was a reporter at The Tennessean, where her work appeared on the front page and in USA TODAY.
In her professional career, she's most recently won the 2020 Public Service Award from the Tennessee Press Association. That work translated to barriers going up at the Natchez Trace Bridge in Williamson County to prevent death by suicide. While at The Tennessean, she won the Best of Gannett: Collaboration 2020 Award with others for their work on the Confederate Reckoning project. She also contributed to awards won by the Tennessean for its coverage of the March 2020 tornadoes and the Nashville bombing.
Additionally, she’s won state awards from the Tennessee Associated Press Media Editors and collected more than half a dozen regional awards while in school.
She is a proud alumna of Middle Tennessee State University, where she earned her B.S. in journalism with minors in political science and English.
She moved to Franklin to work for the Franklin Home Page from Greeneville, Tennessee, where she previously worked for The Greeneville Sun while still finishing her senior year at MTSU.
Follow her adventures on Twitter at @emwest22.