Tammi Arender creates her magic via television. Her beauty and story telling abilities resonate from both the television as well as the movie screen.
Arender is the daughter of Madison Parish farmers, who farmed land along the banks of the Mississippi River. Arender points out that she was actually born in Vicksburg at Mercy Hospital.
Following graduation from Tallulah Academy, she pursued a degree in Radio, Television and Film at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. From there her career took her on various stops around the country as a celebrated news personality.
With stops in Monroe, Baton Rouge and Little Rock on her resume, Nashville began to beckon her. Arender says Nashville is like a bad boyfriend she just can’t get over. In 1994, she sold a house, a Harley and just about everything she owned to move to Music City.
While working for a local television affiliate, she found out about a position with RFD-TV which is geared toward the agricultural community. When she met with owner Patrick Gottsch, she said “you made this network just for me.”
Now in her second stint at the network, she is an anchor/reporter for RFD and the Rural Radio Channel which can be found on Sirius Radio-Channel 147.
Arender contributes as a freelancer to the motorcycle travel show, La Rider TV, which airs in most Louisiana TV markets. She also does stories for This Week in Louisiana Agriculture and the PBS show, Tennessee Crossroads. She has also contributed to national shows such as Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The Nashville Network, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning.
While riding horses and Harleys is a love she holds, her current passion, cooking and baking, occupies the majority of her free time. Her passion for cooking has made her an accomplished baker and has been in national cooking competitions.
You can see Arender on RFD-TV (which is carried on Dish, Direct TV, and AT&T and their streaming app RFDTVNow) each weekday on Market Day Report from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CST) and on Rural America Live on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. (CST). She also does a weekly segment on the Rural Evening News, Farm to Fork, where she highlights restaurants that use locally grown ingredients.
With “A Taste of Tallulah” cookbooks on the way, along with continuous projects in the making, it remains to be seen what this multi-talented Louisiana native might cook up next, but you can be assured that it will be exciting and probably taste great!See a typo? Report it here.