Mikaya Thurmond

Mikaya Thurmond

WRAL anchor/reporter

Professional Experience:

2020: weekday morning anchor, WRAL-TV; 2018-2020: weekend morning anchor/reporter, WRAL-TV; 2015-2018: reporter, WRAL-TV; 2012 to 2015: reporter, WTVC-TV, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Awards & Recognition:

2020-University of Georgia's 40 Under 40
2018-Harvard University's Commencement Award for the "Dean's Outstanding ALM Capstone"
2018- Cary Magazine's 2018 Mover and Shaker Award
2014 –Best Spot News (Tennessee 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


Master of Liberal Arts in Journalism, Harvard University, Extension School, 2018
Certificate in Religions of the World, Harvard University, Extension School, 2018
Bachelor of Arts in Digital and Broadcast Journalism, University of Georgia, 2012
Spanish Minor, University of Georgia, 2012


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.