Taryn Vanderford


Taryn Vanderford co-anchors “First at Four” Monday through Friday with her husband, Jon Vanderford.

Taryn Vanderford co-anchors “First at Four” Monday through Friday with her husband, Jon Vanderford. This show is a welcoming mix of the day's top stories, interviews that matter to you, and fun features. Taryn’s been with the station since February of 2010 when she teamed up with Jon to co-anchor the 10/11 morning show.

Twice a week on “First at Four”, you’ll see “House Works” and “Solutions in Seconds” segments that Taryn produces and hosts. These stories help you make homemaking hip! You can also see Taryn's reports on MomsEveryday.com where Taryn writes a blog on her “mom life.” And tune in at 8:55 a.m. each weekday for Taryn’s “MomsEveryday” interviews.

A farm girl from Pender, Nebraska, Taryn attended a country school. She uses that rural upbringing to find “Pure Nebraska” stories. Look for this half hour program every Tuesday on MyTV at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. and on 10/11 Sunday mornings at 7:30 a.m.

For seven years, Taryn and Jon lived in Knoxville, Tennessee where Taryn worked as a producer, writer and researcher for the following national shows: A&E's "America's Castles", HGTV's "Country at Home", "Country Style" and "Restore America", and the DIY Network's "Weekend Decorating" and "DIY Basics." Taryn and her team were pleased to win a Telly Award for their work on the HGTV show "Country Style." A highlight for Taryn included field producing a segment with her family here in Nebraska for the TV special "Thanksgiving Across America" on the Food Network.

During her career, Taryn has been a radio announcer for country stations WIVK and WOKI in Knoxville and for KFOR, 96KX and KFRX in Lincoln. She also served as an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Taryn graduated with highest distinction from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism. In college, she played saxophone in the Cornhusker Marching Band…where she met Jon.

Taryn and Jon enjoy being involved with the community and frequently serve as the master of ceremonies at Lincoln area charity events. Taryn loves being a mom to their two kids, Jacob and Olivia.

Elf Mischief at the Vanderfords

He's back... and up to mischief! It's always fun seeing the many Elf on the Shelf adventures on Facebook. And our elf Jingle has been delighting my kids with his curious antics Read More

Thankful for the Love of My Kids

The life of a mom is busy, sometimes overwhelming. But that's OK. I'm SO THANKFUL to be a mommy. It's my greatest joy. Read More

Cursive in the Classroom - Will it be Erased?

I have always prided myself on having good penmanship. But in a busy world filled with technology, I feel my cursive standards aren't what they used to be. My letters are now a combination of cursive and printing. So that got me thinking...what's the future of cursive? Read More

"Super" Family

Trick or treat, who will we be? That's the question we faced this Halloween as my kids get older. Read More

Tooth Fairy, are you for real?

Teeth are dropping out at an amazing rate at the Vanderford house. I think the tooth fairy delivered two to three dollars in the last couple of weeks. But who’s depositing the money under those fluffy pillows? Read More

Feeling Guilty

Sometimes a little nudge is all that's needed to fess up to something. That's what happened to my son the other night. Read More

Back to School Adjustments

It was a big week. And change can be hard. My son entered middle school. Read More

Another Birthday for My Boy

This week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge proudly introduced their royal baby to the word. The new parents holding Prince George in London reminded me of my proud moments holding my "royal" baby in Knoxville, Tennessee in July 2002. Read More

I Do

Seventeen years ago I said “I do” to Jon Vanderford. I started dating this curly-haired guy from Cass County, Nebraska about five years prior. You could say we played beautiful music together and marched to the same beat. We were Cornhusker Marching Band members who met on the field. Read More

Oink, Oink, It's a Pig Party!

A pig has always been Olivia’s favorite animal. You could say it was meant to be. Read More

Ways to Say Happy Mother's Day

On Mother's Day, you just have to send a card. But sometimes, standing in the card aisle can be overwhelming. This year I lucked out! I found exactly what I wanted to say, and in a short amount of time. Read More

Baseball Mom Strikes Out

You could say I’m a freshman mom when it comes to select baseball. This is my 10-year-old son’s first year on the team. We’re excited, but I’m still learning how to “get in the game.” Read More

Girls Weekend

Sometimes it’s nice to getaway. And sometimes you want to getaway with the girls. That’s just what we did last fall. Read More

The Lost Key

You want to give your kids some responsibility. And getting the mail seems like an easy enough chore. That is, until the mail, or the mail key gets lost! Read More

If Only Medicine Tasted Like Chicken Noodle Soup

Okay, so medicine can be a little gross; however, it’s often the difference between feeling awful and feeling awesome again. But try telling that to a kid. Read More

Too Much Stuff!

The holidays are over, and as you scan your home, you might see STUFF. I know I do. So how can you have a tidy home for the New Year and make sure all those new toys are actually used? Read More

Elf on the Shelf Returns

He's back! Our Elf on the Shelf returned on Saturday, December 1st to the delight of our kids. And it didn't take long for him to get into mischief! Read More

Where is that Elf?

Where is "Elf on the Shelf"? There are some worried kids in the Vanderford home. Read More

Count Your Blessings

You know, Thanksgiving isn't complicated. It's as simple as 1, 2, 3... faith, family, and food. It's a time to enjoy one another and count your many blessings. Read More

Little House Kids

I introduced my elementary-aged kids to the “Little House on the Prairie” TV show a few months ago. It was definitely one of my favorite shows as a kid in the '70s and '80s. I didn’t realize that now, in 2012, this would become my daughter’s favorite program, too. Read More