Mikaya Thurmond

Mikaya Thurmond

Reporter

Professional Experience:

2015-present: reporter, WRAL-TV; 2012 to 2015: reporter, WTVC-TV, Chattanooga, Tenn.;

Awards & Recognition:

03/2014 –Best Spot News (TN AP Award)
2010 – Miss International 2010 (International Junior Miss)
2009 – Miss Georgia International (International Junior Miss)

News Philosophy:

“And I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.” –Unknown

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, 2012, University of Georgia

Birthplace:

Atlanta, Ga.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:

Food & Cooking – I LOVE trying new foods, and restaurants
Pageants – I competed in my teens. Now I still volunteer as a judge whenever I have a chance!
Online Shopping – Crowded malls usually stress me out, but I really enjoy online shopping. I browse my favorite boutiques on a daily basis.
Traveling – I’ve been to 4 of the 7 continents: North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Fun fact: I was an exchange student in China when I was 14 years old.

Favorite Books & Movies:

Favorite Book: The Bible – I enjoy my daily Bible study every morning before work.

Favorite Movie: Tie between "Frozen" and "Finding Nemo." I love Disney movies and am looking forward to both sequels!

Favorite Web Sites:

Online Boutiques: Neiman Marcus Last Call & Saks Off 5th Avenue – Both always have great deals
BuzzFeed: I’m a huge Buzzfeed fan. I love their quizzes and articles
Faith Reel: It’s where I go for uplifting thoughts. It’s amazing how one positive post can change your entire day!

Likes Best About North Carolina:

I love the fact that I’m about two hours from the beach AND two hours from the mountains. It’s the best of both worlds. I’m thrilled to be able to explore.