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Laila Muhammad anchors NewsChannel 3 First at 4 and WGNT News at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. She joined the evening team in June 2014 after 6 years as co-anchor of the morning newscasts and NewsChannel 3 at Noon.

Laila got her big break in TV working behind-the-scenes as a production assistant on the morning show at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC, while she waited for entry into graduate school. Laila then headed to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she received her Master of Science in Journalism. That experience gave Laila the opportunity to serve as a Washington Correspondent for KVIA in El Paso, TX, covering the Texas Congressional delegation on Capitol Hill. She was also a feature reporter for the Washington, D.C. news radio station WTOP 107.7 FM.

Prior to arriving in Norfolk, Laila was a reporter/anchor for WNCT-TV 9 in Greenville, NC. She covered everything from investigative reports to Hurricane Ophelia. Laila was also an adjunct professor at East Carolina University, where she taught at the School of Communication for two years.

Laila joined NewsChannel 3 in September 2007 as a reporter. Within her first week on the job, she made her debut on the anchor desk and became the permanent weekend morning anchor. A year later, she joined NewsChannel 3 This Morning. In August 2011, Laila helped launch WGNT News, extending morning local news coverage to four consecutive hours.

When Laila is not on camera, she is teaching aspiring journalists as an adjunct professor in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University. Laila loves mentoring and still believes the art of solid newsgathering, interviewing, factual and unbiased reporting, and compelling writing is what really matters most in newsrooms. Laila also enjoys assisting mentees in finding internships. She considers herself a former “super intern.” While pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and History from Salem College, Laila dedicated many unpaid, long hours to internships at places like the CBS Early Show, Best Damn Sports Show Period, FOX Sports West and her hometown radio station.

Laila feels right at home in Hampton Roads. She is an Army brat, raised in Fayetteville, NC. In her off time, you can usually find her in the gym. She is also a huge Duke basketball and NBA fan. Laila is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is full of southern hospitality, so feel free to e-mail Laila to say “Hi” or drop a story idea.

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    Blog: Laila Muhammad embraces her natural beauty

    Norfolk, Va. – It’s a touchy topic with most women: hair. Whether you dye it, straighten it, add products to make it curly, or weave to make it longer, many women can relate to the struggle to attain perfect locks.  But for some, the best way to achieve the perfect hair means going back to the basics, their natural hair. Laila Muhammad decided to take the big step and be transparent about the process and why she’s doing it. It’s taken Laila […]

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    Jane the Virgin returns to television for its second season

    Keep the laughter going Monday night with the season 2 premiere of Jane the Virgin.

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    NewsChannel 3’s Laila Muhammad interviews the stars of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

    Get ready to laugh and sing! A new musical comedy is coming to WGNT. In Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rebecca Bunch is a successful attorney who quits her job at a prestigious New York law firm, packs up and heads to West Covina, California. She made that rash decision after a chance encounter with her teenage soul mate, Josh Chan, who dumped her 10 years ago. NewsChannel 3’s Laila Muhammad caught up with the cast of the show in Los Angeles. “We […]

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    Behind-the-Scenes: Jane the Virgin

    A new comedy-drama is coming to WGNT-CW 27! Jane The Virgin tells the story of 23-year-old Jane Villanueva, who becomes pregnant when a doctor accidentally artificially inseminates her with a specimen meant for another patient.The unexpected pregnancy turns Jane’s life upside down. Her dilemma becomes even more complicated when she learns the identity of the child’s father. WGNT’s Laila Muhammad went behind the scenes with the cast of the new show to find out why critics are calling Jane the […]

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    NewsChannel 3’s Laila Muhammad chatted with rapper and actor LL Cool J while he was in Portsmouth over the weekend for a big concert. While this was her first time meeting the NCIS LA star in person, it wasn’t their first conversation. LL Cool J talks about NCIS LA cliffhanger on season 4 LL Cool J on NCIS LA: ‘People are going to be shocked by what happens’ LL Cool J reveals his childhood dream during one-on-one with Laila

  • LL Cool J talks about NCIS LA cliffhanger on season 4

    NewsChannel 3’s Laila Muhammad had an exclusive one-on-one interview with rapper-actor LL Cool J. She talked to him about his role as a former Navy SEAL on the hit CBS show NCIS Los Angeles and about the cliffhanger at the end of season 4. “My character, being a former Navy SEAL, allows me to pay homage to them and all the men and women who sacrifice for us and at the same time. Just to play a hero on TV […]

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    Rapper and actor LL Cool J was in Portsmouth this weekend performing at N-Telos Wireless Pavilion with other hip hop legends.

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