What Laila Muhammad enjoys most about her job is helping people start their day with a smile while getting the most up-to-date information on news, weather and traffic. Laila loves to smile and believes positive energy is contagious. That's what she hopes viewers gain while watching NewsChannel 3 This Morning and WGNT News, which she co-anchors alongside Blaine Stewart weekday mornings.
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. Laila was also excited and honored to be a part of the August 2011 launch of WGNT News Powered by Newschannel 3, extending morning local news coverage to four consecutive hours.
Laila loves to mentor aspiring journalists 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 a military brat, raised in Fayetteville, NC. In her off time, she loves exercising, especially ZUMBA. She is also a college and NBA basketball fan and is always up for a heated debate about her favorite Duke Blue Devils or Boston Celtics. 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.