Kayla Moody is the morning and midday anchor for Spectrum News 1. She is a Murrow-award winning journalist, wife, stepmom, and self-professed political junkie.
Kayla’s mom would tell you her daughter was “born for a career in television” because she was speaking in full sentences by the time she was 12-months-old. Kayla, however, attributes her calling to a high school mission trip. She and her church youth group traveled to D’Iberville, Miss. following Hurricane Katrina to help with the recovery efforts. Kayla was involved in her high school news station and brought camera equipment on the trip. She knew sharing the stories of those who lost everything was important in helping her classmates back home in Indianapolis understand the magnitude of what had taken place hundreds of miles way. It was an emotional and humbling experience, one that ultimately led her to pursue a career in journalism.
Kayla returns to Louisville from Evansville, Ind., where she was anchor and executive producer of the morning shows on the local FOX and CBS affiliates. She previously worked at WHAS-TV in Louisville, where she covered major news events including Muhammad Ali’s death and remembrance, the massive fire at historic Whiskey Row, and the firings of Tom Jurich and Rick Pitino from the University of Louisville.
Shortly after graduating from Ball State University, Kayla started her career in television as a reporter for the ABC affiliate in Evansville. Early in her four years there, she became weekend anchor and lead political reporter. Kayla’s political coverage spanned three states – Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois – allowing her to develop a keen sense of the region’s political dynamics.
In 2015, Kayla’s report, “Worthless Paper”, exposing the loopholes and limitations of emergency protection orders in Indiana, was awarded a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award. Her work has also been recognized by the Indiana and Louisville chapters of the Society of Professional Journalism, the Indiana Associated Press, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Ohio Valley Chapter.
When she is not working, Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband, Philip, and two stepchildren, Meredith and Jonathon. Their house is full of love for animals; they have a black lab (Apollo), a cat (Evander), two goldfish (Starbucks and Treasure Jr.), and one gecko (Yoshi). Kayla enjoys exercising and works out daily. She also likes baking, crafting, and going to concerts.