Emani Payne







WDKY, Lexington, KY                                                                       December 2021 — Present


  • Co-Anchor 6:30pm weeknight newscast
  • Solo Anchor 7pm weeknight newscast
  • Schedule and conduct on set interviews daily for 7pm show
  • Write and edit vo/sot’s daily for 10pm show
  • Write content for web and social media
  • Main fill-in Anchor for weeknight 10pm newscast
  • Collaborate with producers to create strong content for newscasts
  • Represent station at community events


WNCN, Raleigh, NC                                                                        May 2020 – November 2021


  • Enterprise lead stories for the 11pm newscast
  • Shot, wrote and edited packages for various platforms
  • Conducted live interviews with top newsmakers including First Lady Jill Biden, Donald Trump Jr. and Sen. Cory Booker
  • Conducted live interviews during wall to wall coverage of George Floyd protests
  • Produce content daily for web and social media


KCEN, Waco, TX                                                                                    May 2018 – May 2020

Evening Weekend Anchor/Lead Nightside Reporter

  • Anchor and produce 6 and 10pm evening newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Shoots and edits vo sots or pkgs for the weekend newscasts
  • Reviews reporter scripts and assigns stories
  • Monitors scanners and social media for breaking news
  • Turns exclusive/investigative pieces during reporting shift
  • Covers breaking news and handles cut ins from the field or desk if necessary


KCEN, Waco, TX                                                                                    May 2016 – May 2018

Lead Reporter/Fill-in Anchor

  • Spent two weeks in Beaumont covering Hurricane Harvey. Fed content for Tegna stations
  • Report, edit and shoot stories I pitch for 5, 6 and 10 pm newscasts
  • Tease stories on social media platforms daily with pictures or Videolicious videos
  • Post web stories/videos on station website daily
  • Conducts live reports in studio or from the field daily as well as breaking news reports.
  • Fill in anchor morning show from 4:30-7am, Weekend evening shows at 6pm and 10pm and Weekday shows at 5 and 6pm.


Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 2016

Bachelor of Science: Journalism, Minor: Political Science





2014 Rocky Mountain Emmy Award
Best News Story in the Public Affairs Category

2015 Broadcast Education Association Award
Ebola coverage in the Television Hard News Reporting Category

2015 3 Rocky Mountain Emmy Award nominations
Public Affairs and On air Talent categories

2019 Reporting featured in Netflix series Exhibit A about George Powell’s wrongful conviction



  • Final Cut
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Edius, Avid
  • ENPS
  • INews