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Makayla Richards

Digital Producer for 11Alive, WXIA in Atlanta
Credit: Foster Gaines

ATLANTA — Makayla Richards is a Digital Producer with 11Alive in Atlanta, Georgia. They're from Athens, Georgia, and have a passion for telling stories of communities overlooked or hidden.

They are joining the 11Alive team after spending over a year at KUSA-9NEWS in Denver, Colorado telling stories in the Rocky Mountains, including providing digital coverage of the two largest wildfires in the state's history.

Aside from working at KUSA, Makayla has also assisted the WWL-TV in New Orleans during Hurricane Ida and KVUE in Austin during a mass shooting in 2021.

Makayla holds a B.A. in journalism and a minor in political science from the University of Georgia, where they worked for the Red & Black student newspaper and on the special projects/digital staff for Grady Newsource.

Before that, Makayla attended the University of North Georgia for their associate's degree in journalism, where they served the Vanguard Student Newspaper as its newspaper managing editor and a student instructional lead for its introductory journalism class.

Their love of journalism started in high school, where they worked for the Odyssey Media Group at Clarke Central Highschool and helped form their broadcast program, formally known as ODTV.

Makayla loves producing content that contributes to community activism for human and social rights. Their other hobbies and interest include baking, taking care of plants, spiritual wellness, video gaming and hanging with their two cats.

Reach out to Makayla now:

Email | mrichards@11alive.com

Twitter | @mk_richards_

Instagram | @mk_richards_

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