TEDx Speakers | Wendy Damonte
Wendy Damonte grew up in Walnut Creek, California. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno, following in her father’s footsteps. After graduating, her first job was at KTVN as a weekend/nightside assignment editor. Ten months later she was promoted to reporter/photographer.
Eventually she anchored the weekend and early morning newscasts. Her latest promotion came in 2000 when she became the evening news anchor/HealthWatch reporter.
You may remember her as Wendy Wyness, but on August 12, 2000 she married Darrin Damonte. Wendy’s hobbies include Paleo cooking, competing in triathlons and adventure races and going to movies. However most of her free time is spent with her children, Eva Diana and Dominic.
In 2011, Wendy lost her mom to breast cancer. But during the year she battled the disease, Wendy had cameras rolling to capture what it’s really like to deal with this horrible disease. Her documentary, My Mom’s Story; Her Battle With Cancer, won an Edward R. Murrow regional award and was nominated for an Emmy. This documentary was also instrumental in passing legislation in the state of Nevada to make it mandatory for women to be informed of their breast tissue type. Dense breast tissue puts women at a higher risk for developing cancer.
Additionally, this type of tissue can hide tumors on a mammogram, making diagnosis more difficult. That was the case for Wendy’s mom. Wendy has become an advocate to bring about awareness of dense breast tissue in the hopes of saving women’s lives.
Dangerous boobs alert! Dense breast tissue hides tumors