Leyla Santiago

Leyla Santiago


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.

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

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

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

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.