North Alabama’s Most Remarkable Woman for 2021

Of the many nominations received into the News 19 newsroom, one woman, Dr. Karen Landers, has been be named Tennessee Valley’s Woman of the Year. With this title, Landers won a $1,000 donation to her charity of choice! She chose Still Serving Veterans as her charity.

With decades of experience as a physician, Dr. Landers dedicated her life to the wellness of Alabamians. She has worked through Ebola, H1N1, Zika, but says COVID-19 came about at a time when she was seeking a change of pace. Landers was going to retire in April, but put those plans on hold to help the state get through the pandemic.

North Alabama’s Remarkable Women Finalists

Winner, Dr. Karen Landers


Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health became one of the most well-known faces in the state during the pandemic. Read More…

Jocelynn James Edmonds


“I went to rehab, and got saved, and never looked back,” she said. “God and recovery is why I’m where I’m at today.” Read More…

Kaytrina Simmons


Within the walls of Florence City Hall, District 1 Councilmember Kaytrina Simmons can often be found working on one of many things to benefit the city she loves. Read More…

Beverly Jones-Durr

Madison County

Several people pick up new hobbies when they retire. One woman found her calling in helping children. But that journey came with challenges. Read More…

News 19 wants to recognize the great contributions women have made to our nation and local communities. Remarkable Women is part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress and the quality of life.

Throughout Women’s History Month, News 19 will highlight four local women who inspire, lead and forge the way for other women. It’s not just about one day or one month — it’s about what they do, day-in and day-out.

One woman will be named Tennessee Valley’s Woman of the Year and win a $1,000 donation to her charity of choice! From the more than 100 local winners, one woman will be selected and named Nexstar Media Group’s Woman of the Year!