Lisa Washington

Lisa Washington joined KDKA TV in May of 2015.
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Joined KDKA: May 2015
Hometown: Bennettsville, South Carolina
Alma Mater: Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia

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

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 who joined KDKA TV in May of 2015. Previously, she covered breaking news and developing stories at our sister station, KPIX CBS 5, in San Francisco.

Lisa brings more than a decade of experience in anchoring and reporting local news to KDKA. She began her career in Washington, D.C. as a reporter trainee at WTTG FOX 5, where she conducted her most memorable interview, with Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks. Lisa also worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor in Charlottesville, Virginia at WVIR TV.

As a morning anchor at WHNT TV in Huntsville, Alabama, Lisa covered a deadly school bus crash, providing more than six hours of solo anchoring. She also had the opportunity to skydive with the US Army Paratroopers. Lisa worked in Memphis, Tennessee, at WMC TV, covering the historic 2011 floods of the Mississippi River and the annual Memphis in May World Championship BBQ contest.

Lisa is involved in several community service organizations including The Links, Incorporated, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Junior League. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. Lisa and her husband are the proud parents of their young daughter. They live in the North Hills.

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Peduto Signs Executive Orders Concerning Workforce Makeup For City Construction Projects

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has signed two executive orders concerning city construction projects and the makeup of the workforce for those projects.


1 Injured In Larimer Shooting, Police Investigating

One person was taken to a hospital after gunfire early Friday morning in Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood.


Locked Out Workers Protest Outside Alcoa Shareholders’ Meeting

About 100 locked out workers from Canada protested outside of the Alcoa shareholders’ meeting in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.


Major Water Main Break Floods Homes, Cars, Damages Street

A late night water main break created a lot of problems for residents along a Castle Shannon street. 


PWSA Updates Interactive Map Showing Lead Service Lines

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority added new data to its interactive online map showing lead service lines. 


‘All Of Us Pennsylvania’ Aims To Change Future Of Healthcare

Researchers at Pitt are teaming up with UPMC as part of a national study, to learn more about precision medicine, by collecting data from a diverse population.


One Person Injured In Duquesne Shooting

Police are investigating a reported shooting in the City of Duquesne. 


‘Bittersweet’ Ceremony Marks Final C-130 Flight For 911th Airlift Wing

Bittersweet is the word crew members and retirees used to describe the final flight of the C-130 airplane leaving the 911th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve in Pittsburgh.


Port Authority Leaving Fare Compliance Policy Unchanged

In her report to the board, Port Authority CEO Katharine Kelleman said the fare compliance policy will remain as-is.


Man Finishes Boston Marathon Thanks To Kindness Of Stranger

One man was able to finish the Boston Marathon thanks to the kindness of a woman from Slippery Rock.


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Pennsylvania’s First Legal Sale Of Medical Marijuana Made At Butler Co. Dispensary

A medical marijuana dispensary in Butler County made their first sale Thursday morning.


2 Officers Struck By Suspected DUI Driver In Aliquippa

Two police officers and another person were hospitalized late Thursday night following a crash in Aliquippa.


Scott Twp. Water Main Break Knocks Out Service For Hours

Some residents in Scott Township were without water service for hours after a main broke early Monday morning.