posted 9:38 am Tue October 21, 2008
Little Rock police are investigating an early-morning home invasion Monday that has left a KATV morning anchor hospitalized.
According to authorities, Anne Pressly, 26, is in critical condition at a Little Rock hospital after being found in her home with what police call "severe wounds." Early reports said Pressly had been stabbed or cut, but Monday afternoon investigators confirmed the injuries occurred from blunt force trauma to the head and upper body.
Pressly was discovered around 4:30 a.m. Monday by her mother, who became concerned after ‘wake-up’ calls to her daughter went unanswered.
Police say there were no suspects as of Tuesday morning, but that the attack may have come during a robbery, because Pressly's purse was missing.
Investigators spent much of Monday talking to friends and co-workers of Pressly's to find out if she had been threatened.
The last known contact with Pressly was between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, when she attended a surprise party for a co-worker at a Little Rock restaurant.
Word of the attack spread as KATV employees arrived for work Monday morning. Several friends and co-workers gathered with Pressly’s family at the hospital throughout the day. During the station's 11:30 a.m. newscast Monday, anchor Jason Pederson read a story about the attack and confirmed Pressly was hospitalized.
"We would ask that you keep Anne in your thoughts and, especially, in your prayers," Pederson said.
KATV President and General Manager Dale Nicholson released a statement Monday afternoon. "The next days are critical" Nicholson said. "All we can do is care for her, care for her family—reach out and embrace them—and pray to God that the best comes out of this."
After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Pressly was hired as a full-time producer and part-time reporter at KATV in May 2004, producing Good Morning Arkansas and reporting for MidDay Arkansas and Saturday Daybreak. Pressly was promoted to full-time general assignment reporter in November 2004. In August 2008 she took over for Jason Harper, doing live reports for Daybreak and Good Morning Arkansas from various locations around the state.
Recently, Pressly landed a small role in the new Oliver Stone movie, "W" which opened in theaters last week.