UT alumnus with cerebral palsy wins show on Oprah’s network

Lauren Giudice

Former UT student Zach Anner’s life has been changed forever.

Because of his victory on “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star,” he will have the opportunity to host his own show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

In an unexpected twist, Oprah gave both Anner and the other final contestant, Kristina Kuzmic-Crocco, their own programs during the season finale of the reality show Friday.

Anner has cerebral palsy, a condition that affects motor skills, and uses a wheelchair. His new show will be a travel program for people that might have difficulties traveling otherwise. His show will be called “Rollin’ Around the World with Zach Anner.”

“I feel like so many travel shows are about how to plan the perfect vacation,” Anner said in his audition tape. “My travel show would be about how to have the perfect vacation when things don’t go as well as planned at all.”

Anner became an Internet sensation and received endorsements from various celebrities, including John Mayer, after he released his audition tape.

“My mom always said, when life gives you wheelchair, make lemonade,” Anner said in the tape. “I don’t know what she meant but I’m going to take her advice. And so if you’re ready, America, let’s go on an adventure together.”