Lisa Washington joined KDKA TV in May of 2015.

VITALS
Joined KDKA: May 2015
Hometown: Bennettsville, South Carolina
Alma Mater: Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia

FAVORITES
Music: R&B, Hip Hop and Pop- My favorite artists are India Arie, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston, Adele and Mary J. Blige, not necessarily in that order.
Movie: Do I have to choose just one? “Love Jones” is my all-time favorite. It’s a love story, but I also enjoy most romantic comedies and older movies, like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. The chemistry between Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn and Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy cannot be denied.
TV Show: “Queen Sugar”, “This is Us”, “Blackish” and “Greenleaf”. However, if my daughter is around, we watch “Doc McStuffins” episodes ad nauseam.
Book: “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Dr. Maya Angelou
Hobbies: Volunteering, Reading
Sports Team: Washington Redskins, though I’m happy when the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins win.
Food: Crab cakes…more crab, less filler
Local Restaurant: Off the Hook, Warrendale, PA and Altius on Mount Washington
Hidden PA Gem: Most everyone probably already knows this, but the fact that we don’t pay taxes on clothes and shoes in Pennsylvania excites me every time I go shopping!
Sport/Exercise: Tennis, Running – not fast, probably more jogging than running
Historical Figure: Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Favorite Pennsylvanian: Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
Quote: “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of being and not something you do in your spare time.” Marian Wright Edelman (Founder, Children’s Defense Fund and native of my hometown, Bennettsville, South Carolina)
Word: Absolutely…someone told me long ago, that I used that word too much. I absolutely don’t think I do.
Vacation Spot: Half Moon Bay, California
Holiday: My birthday…and my daughter’s birthday, which is two days before mine.
Guilty Pleasure: Handbags – a structured tote completes most any outfit, in my opinion.
Planet: Earth…only Earth

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Both, for work.
Cats or Dogs? Dog
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Neither
Comedy or Tearjerker? Romantic comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone, especially for family. We don’t have family in Pennsylvania so since I don’t see them often, I like to hear their voices.
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Hazlenut or Almond Latte and Herbal Teas (I’m Southern-ish, but I don’t like sweet tea.)
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning for work, night for fun
East Coast or West Coast? I was born on the East Coast. I plan to retire on the West Coast.
Star Trek or Star Wars? Neither

Lisa Washington is an Emmy award-winning journalist, currently working for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. She anchors KDKA’s weekend morning news.

Prior to KDKA, Lisa covered general assignment and breaking news stories for KPIX-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco. She delivered live reports from the forefront of the protests and celebrations when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the gay marriage ban in California in 2012.

Lisa also worked at WMC-TV in Memphis as a news anchor and reporter. Her reports included coverage of the historic 2011 flooding of the Mississippi River and the city’s annual Memphis is May World Championship Barbecue Contest.

As a morning anchor at WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama, Lisa covered a deadly school bus accident, providing more than six hours of solo anchoring. She also had the opportunity to skydive with the U.S. Army Paratroopers.

Lisa began her career in Washington, DC as a reporter trainee at WTTG-TV. While there, she conducted her most memorable interview, with Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.

Lisa is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in journalism. Lisa is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Georgetown University.

When she’s not anchoring or reporting the latest local news or studying for one of her online graduate classes, Lisa is often volunteering in her community or spending time with her family. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a women’s volunteer service organization. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America.

Lisa and her husband are the proud parents of two children. Lisa’s hobbies include running, reading, traveling to visit her family and friends, and tending to her phalaenopsis orchids. She welcomes advice on keeping the persnickety plants in bloom.