Leyla Santiago

Leyla Santiago

Anchor/Reporter

Professional Experience:
October 2012 to present: reporter, WRAL-TV; 2009 to 2012: morning anchor, KBAK-TV/KBFX-TV, Bakersfield, Calif.; 2008 to 2009: reporter, KTUU-TV, Anchorage, Alaska; 2006 to 2008: reporter, WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, Va.; 2005 to 2006: assignment editor, WCJB-TV, Gainesville, Fla.

Awards & Recognition:
Mark Twain Award, Best Anchor (The Associated Press), 2011; Emmy nomination, Writing (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Pacific Southwest), 2011; Emmy Award, Best Newscast (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Pacific Southwest), 2010; Emmy nomination, Best Political Reporting (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Pacific Southwest), 2010

News Philosophy:
As journalists, I believe it’s our job to provide accurate and balanced information in context. Perspective can be one of the most important things we can provide our viewers.

Education:
Public Relations, 2005, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

Hometown:
Columbia, S.C. (birthplace Santurce, Puerto Rico)

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
Exploring the great outdoors – hiking and kayaking; sewing, journaling, traveling

Family:
Married to Zac

Favorite Books:
I like reading non-fiction, specifically biographies. A few of my favorites: "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years" and "Felisa Rincon De Gautier: The Mayor of San Juan"

Likes Best About North Carolina:
From the mountains to the beaches, I love the natural beauty of North Carolina.

Most Memorable Assignments:
I traveled to a few isolated rural villages near the Arctic Circle to tell the stories of Native Alaskans fighting global warming and record-high energy costs.

But perhaps one of the most memorable assignments was coverage of the eruption of Mount Redoubt in Alaska. I was the first reporter to fly over the volcano, Mount Redoubt, after its eruption and tell about its destruction to a nearby oil storage facility.