Miss Illinois Isabelle Hanson, a reporter for KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, participates Thursday in the Miss America pageant. Hanson finished as one of the 10 finalists.
Isabel Hanson, a broadcast reporter for KFVS-TV in Cape Girardeau, placed 10th in the Miss America 2022 pageant—and the prize for a talent competition for classical violin—for which she was awarded a $2,500 scholarship.
Miss Alaska Emma Broyles was crowned Miss America Thursday night, winning a $100,000 scholarship, in the first Miss America pageant not available on free TV since 1954.
The final night of the competition can only be watched live on NBC Universal’s subscriber-based Peacock.
The Miss America pageant, which is no longer touted as a beauty pageant, has not been held in 2020 due to COVID-19.
On her Facebook page, Hanson, who was named Miss Illinois in June, said she was “grateful” for the experience.
She wrote, “The talent contest drew me to Miss America and is the main reason to start the competition (and) it was a totally surreal moment.”
Hanson told the competition organizers that her personal career goal is to be a reporter or anchor on ABC’s Good Morning America.
The only ever Show Me State winner of the event, 1990 Miss America winner Debbye Turner-Bell, helped host this year’s event and interviewed contestants at the Mohegan Sun Earth Expo and Convention Center in Uncasville, Connecticut.