Born in Jamaica, Anna-Lysa Gayle has always had a passion for documenting events in her community. 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 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’s summer internship program, 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’s now a four-time Emmy award-winning journalist.

She earned awards for her role in a special report on the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), her role in a newscast on the deadly Silver Spring explosion and her role in a newscast on the congressional baseball shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.

In 2019, she received an Edward R. Murrow Award for her role in the coverage of the tragic Capital Gazette shooting.

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.

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