Sia joined KWCH in October 2012 as a Multimedia Reporter and is thrilled to be back in the Mighty Midwest! Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, she has lived and worked in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and now Kansas.
Sia comes to KWCH-TV from Gainesville Television Network where she launched the area's first news station in over 40 years. Sia served as Managing Editor and Reporter, covering some of the biggest stories to hit North Central Florida: the I-75 pileup that killed 11 people, the murder, arrest and conviction of a man who killed a University of Florida cheerleader, the trial of the rapper PLIES for a nightclub shooting in Gainesville and an exclusive jailhouse interview with one of the suspects convicted of carrying out a teen murder plot. Her news team received a 2011 Suncoast Emmy nomination for News Excellence, its first year of starting news.
Sia got her start by working as an associate producer at NJN Public Television & Radio. She contributed to a variety of programs including NJN News, Another View and NJN Public Radio. Sia also worked on a number of documentaries earning a New York Emmy and CINE Golden Eagle for her work on the Race for Open Space. During this time, Sia won a United Nations fellowship where she covered the presidential election in Liberia, her parents' native country. She shot, reported and co-produced Liberian Democracy: A Journey Back Home. The half-hour documentary chronicled her experiences of meeting her extended family for the first time and interviewing Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first female head of state in Africa. The program aired to critical acclaim on PBS stations across the nation.
Sia was also the New Jersey Correspondent for MTV News' Choose or Lose team, covering the 2008 presidential election from right out of her backpack; blogging, vlogging and tweeting her way across the Garden State. The effort earned the team a 2008 Community Service Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Sia holds a Bachelor of Arts Journalism from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Active with the National Association of Black Journalists, Sia has served as an executive board member of local chapters and as a mentor for students. Sia is also a member of public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
A novice shutterbug, Sia enjoys meeting new people, listening to live music, trying out recipes and spending time with her family.