Even as a child, Annette Lawless was destined to be a TV news anchor. She recalls memories of telling stories to her friends during lunch time while attending Wellington schools, and even losing a recess for talking too much.

By Amber Schmitz
The Wellington Daily News

Even as a child, Annette Lawless was destined to be a TV news anchor. She recalls memories of telling stories to her friends during lunch time while attending Wellington schools, and even losing a recess for talking too much.
"I tribute my interest in public speaking back to my storytelling days in elementary school," Lawless said.
Currently, Lawless is a news anchor for KAKE TV. Previously, she reported in Cleveland. When she heard about KAKE searching for a weekend morning anchor, she decided it would be the perfect opportunity to return home, closer to family.
On air, she says, she tries to be a strong journalist, but also be true to herself.
On Jan. 10, she will return to Good Morning Kansas Sunday, which airs right after Good Morning America at 8 a.m., alongside meteorologist Blake Smith.
Lawless, who grew up in Wellington, vividly remembers sitting at the first-grade lunch table, telling kids about the movie Pretty Woman.
"There, a long table full of kids, was hanging on my every word," Lawless said. "They loved the story. I did too, though, I did get in trouble."
Mr. Garnand, the principal, punished her for being loud during the “quiet time” during the meal, and she had to sit
out during recess.
"That aside, it’s pretty cool knowing the power of your words," she said. "I guess I found my calling early on in life, but I didn’t know I’d end up here."
She graduated high school in Wellington in 2003, and now is a news anchor for KAKE television station in Wichita.
"Growing up in Wellington was a blessing, but I’m not sure if I truly appreciated it like I do now," Lawless said. "All I wanted to do was graduate, go to an Ivy League school and work in politics. It didn’t quite pan out how I visioned – it’s better, much better."    
Lawless embraced every experience she could in high school – debate, forensics, band, National Honor Society, etc.
She graduated from K-State in 2008 with degrees in print journalism, electronic journalism (broadcasting) and public relations. She also interned in Washington, D.C. during her college career.
"TV news was my last interest," Lawless said. "Honestly, I didn’t think I had the chops for it all – the look, the sound, the style. I still lack that confidence in myself. It’s hard to watch myself in TV and in movies because I’m constantly critiquing my work, but I put my work first. As long as the report is strong, everything else is secondary."
The daughter of Charles and Di Lawless of Wellington, she married Tim Steinert, whom she met in 2009 when she worked at KWCH, although they never worked together directly.
She had two college internships, one at the Wellington Daily News and one at KAKE News.
"KAKE completely changed the game for me," she said. "I didn’t know much about the process, but here in west Wichita, I fell in love with TV News. The fast-paced nature of it all was completely captivating. I job shadowed newsmakers whom I work with now, which is quite an honor."
The worked in TV news in Cleveland, Ohio after graduating at K-State, and was later hired by KAKE.
Besides being a news anchor, Lawless is also currently into voice acting. She is also working on a horror movie project in Cleveland, called Lady Dragon, in which she plays the lead role, Pandora, who is the epitome of evil. They are expecting to complete filming this spring.
On a personal project level, she has been working on an entertainment series called “On Set With Annette.” She has filmed a season’s worth of episodes, and is currently diving into the editing process. She even has some distribution options on the table, as well as local talent interested in contributing to the project.