Born in Jamaica, Anna-Lysa Gayle has always had a passion for documenting events happening around her. She started documenting her life, as soon as she could form real sentences. Since then, she remained committed to her passion for storytelling.
At 11 years old, she moved to the United States to Brooklyn, New York. As she moved to other parts of the east coast, her love for journalism only intensified. In 2009, she enrolled at Howard University where she studied Broadcast Journalism. During that time, she secured internships with companies like WTOP-FM, FOX5 DC, CNN and more. She was also selected for competitive programs like the Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship, the T-Howard Foundation, the CBC-UNC Diversity Fellowship, MTVU, ONA student newsroom and NABJ’s student multimedia project.
She started her career at WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, Virginia before moving on to WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky, for nearly three years. While in Kentucky, she received an award from the Associated Press for her continuing coverage of a case involving four young men (coined the Misidentified Four).
In July 2016, she joined WJLA-TV where she continues to tell stories that she hopes will leave a lasting impact. She is currently a three-time Emmy award-winning journalist. She earned two Emmy awards for her role in a special report on the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and her role in a newscast on the Silver Spring explosion, which left seven dead.
In 2018, she received her third Emmy for her role in ABC7’s coverage of the Congressional baseball shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. She has also received a community award, known as the ‘Distinction of Hope Award’.
You can watch Anna-Lysa Gayle at 10 p.m. on WJLA’s 24/7 News channel (formerly News Channel 8) & 11 p.m. on ABC7 news, from anywhere in the DMV. You can also follow her journey on her website AnnalysaGayle.com.