Akilah is trading dangerously cold winter temperatures for sunshine and humidity. She comes to North Carolina from Springfield, Illinois, where she spent almost three years as the morning reporter for WICS-TV. She's also worked as a reporter for KWQC-TV 6 in Davenport, Iowa.
Her professional journey includes covering Illinois' ongoing budget crisis, the heroin epidemic's impact on newborns in Central Illinois, former President Barack Obama's watch party in 2012 and much more.
Akilah graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and received her Master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
She is eager to be a part of the Fayetteville community and can't wait to tell the stories of the people who live here. If you see her out and about, feel free to say hi! She loves connecting with viewers in person and over social media.
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HIV positive Wake County man lives normal life as treatment evolves
An estimated 38,000 people are living with either HIV or AIDS across North Carolina.
Moms Demand Action claim victory as Gov. Cooper declares Gun Violence Awareness Day
1,300 people in North Carolina lose thier lives to gun violence each year, according to the Governor's Office.
NC parents hesitant to vaccinate kids against COVID-19 as virus still poses risk
As vaccinations continue to rise nationwide, fears of how the COVID-19 vaccine could affect children surface among parents.
Momentum for supporting Black-owned businesses remains one year after George Floyd's death
Black-owned businesses saw a surge in sales after the murder of George Floyd as people were desperate to combat racial injustice.
The demographics of NC law enforcement don't match the communities they serve, data shows
Of the largest 100 metro areas in the nation, the Raleigh-Cary and Durham-Chapel Hill metro areas have the largest gaps in diversity between law enforcement agencies and the general population.
Fort Bragg soldier preserves rich Pacific Islander culture thousands of miles away from home
"Being a Pacific Islander in the military, it's an honor to be in this uniform as a minority and a woman," said Sgt. Merieni Tupuimatagi.
'It makes a mockery out of Mexican culture:' The true meaning behind Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the first Battle of Puebla where the Mexican army defeated the French during the U.S. Civil War on May 5, 1862. The battle was fought in Puebla, Mexico. Once the French retreated, a celebration ensued and Cinco de Mayo was born.
Fayetteville State University among those collaborating with Smithsonian to transcribe Freedmen's Bureau documents
The digitized documents are written in calligraphy and give North Carolinians a new outlook on Black history.
'Bi-partisan politics games': Racial Equity Task Force recommendations in limbo
"If white individuals and their kids were being brutalized and murdered at the same rate that Black individuals are at the hands of police, we'd see extreme amounts of legislation come down the pipeline to hold these actions accountable," said Raleigh activist Kerwin Pittman.
Mother-daughter duo to graduate from Fayetteville State University Mother's Day weekend
Marcia Thomas has never worn a cap and gown before. The 49-year-old was a teen mom, who was forced to forego high school graduation.
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