It was shortly after Hurricane Katrina that Kayla Moody first developed her passion for news. She packed a camera in her luggage on the first of several mission trips to the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast and interviewed the people she met along the way. The stories of those who lost everything were deeply humbling and left a profound imprint on her life. She felt compelled toward a career in which she could bring those stories to the masses.

Kayla comes to WHAS11 from Evansville, Ind. where she worked for WEHT/WTVW covering Western Kentucky, Southwestern Indiana, and Southern Illinois. There her reporting work launched her into the position of weekend anchor, and eventually an anchoring role in the weekday 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts.

Kayla served as WEHT's Lead Political Reporter, where she quickly became the newsroom's go-to person for all things political. She coordinated election coverage for all three states and covered city, state, and national politics. Some of her most memorable moments come from her live coverage of President Barack Obama's visit to Gibson County, Ind., traveling around the Bluegrass State following the full-contact 2014 McConnell-Grimes match-up, and talking with everyday voters about the issues that matter to them most in a traveling political segment called, "Voice of the Voter".

Kayla's work as a reporter and producer has been recognized by the Indiana chapters of the Society of Professional Journalism and Associated Press. In April 2015 one of her reports was awarded a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, one of the most distinguished honors in broadcast television. The hard-hitting piece looked inside the loopholes of protective orders, told through the firsthand experience of a domestic violence victim.

Kayla developed her skills at Ball State University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications and Journalism Graphics. During her time in Muncie, Kayla anchored and reported for NewsLink Indiana, the university's student-run broadcast news station. She also co-hosted a talk show on WCRD, Ball State's campus radio station.

While in college, Kayla also worked part-time as a contracted employee for Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis. She began her stint there as a temporary hire, but was soon signed on as a freelance graphic designer for more than four years.

Kayla grew up on the west side of Indianapolis in the town of Avon, where much of her family still resides. She's excited to be in Louisville where she is closer to her family, including her sister, who lives just down the road in Lexington.

When she's not reporting, Kayla enjoys working out and spending time with her friends and family. She's an avid runner who loves being outside and a skilled baker and crafter who likes making homemade creations for friends to enjoy. You'll usually find Kayla with an inseparable sidekick, her black lab Apollo.

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Twitter: @KaylaMoody