Hayes was honored with a Mark of Excellence award at the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists festival. Dig This received 2nd-place for Television Feature Reporting and Fishing vs. Fashion received the 1st-place award for Television General News Reporting. Both stories appeared on ElevenNEWS-KBYU. At the 2012 National Broadcast Society competition she was a finalist in the Video News Segment and Video Feature Segment categories. She also received an Honorable Mention in Television Feature Reporting at the Festival of Media Arts Broadcast Education Association's 2012 competition. That same year, at the Gracie Awards Student Division competition, Anna received the Outstanding Hard News Feature award.