Gayle Anderson has been reporting for the KTLA 5 Morning News since 1993, and in that time, she has become a viewer-favorite due to her enthusiastic participatory style of reporting on unique and interesting stories in Southern California.
Prior to KTLA, Gayle was correspondent and producer at “Now It Can Be Told,” an investigative news program from Tribune Entertainment. Before “Now,” Gayle was KPRC-TV’s “Troubleshooter” consumer reporter and “Nearly Noon” anchor in Houston. From 1984 to 1986, she served as consumer reporter and weekend anchor at WCIX-TV in Miami. Also, Gayle has reported for a number of prominent radio networks, including the ABC and NBC networks in New York, as well as the National Black Network. In Connecticut, she held reporter and anchor positions at KTNH-TV and radio stations WDRC-AM, WKND-AM and WWCO-AM.
Gayle, who began her career at ABC Radio News, ABC-TV and NBC Radio News in New York as an intern, desk assistant and news and feature assistant, worked her way up to field producer before becoming on-air talent.
Gayle is the recipient of 16 Emmy Awards. Most recently, the Television Academy named Gayle the recipient of the 74th Los Angeles Area Emmy Governors Award, selected by the Los Angeles Area Governors Award committee.
The Governors Award is presented annually to an individual, company or organization that has made a substantial contribution to television broadcasting in the greater Los Angeles area. As this year’s honoree, Anderson is being recognized for several decades of exceptional and insightful reporting on events, causes and issues impacting viewers across the region.
The announcement was made by Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma, who surprised Anderson on-air during a KTLA Morning News segment covering the good work of Project Angel Food.
Gayle earned an Emmy in 2014 for her work on the KTLA 5 Morning News. Her hosting of KTLA’s Heal the Bay special reports earned Gayle an Emmy in 2011. In 2010, her work on KTLA’s Tournament of Roses Parade pre-show garnered Gayle another Emmy, as well as her reporting in 2009 on the tragic death of Michael Jackson.
In 2019, Gayle earned the Radio & TV News Association of Southern California’s Golden Mike for her reporting and producer work as well as the 2019 Radio & TV News Association of Southern California Golden Mike Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition, Gayle has received other Emmy Awards for her work on the KTLA public affairs show “Making It,” and two in 1994 for best live coverage for her reporting of the Northridge earthquake. In 1993, she was awarded her first Emmy Award for best live coverage for her reporting of the Malibu Fires. She received the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California’s Golden Mike Award in 2001 as best reporter.
In 1990, Gayle received the “Leader of the Year Award” from the Houston Leadership Association; the 1988 “Presidential Consumer Affairs Award;” the 1987 “Young Black Achievers Award” and a Radio Television and News Directors Award for best spot news reporting. In January 2002, Gayle earned the APTRA Award as best anchor for “best live coverage of a news event,” and that same month she was selected to carry the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Winter Olympics Torch Relay through Southern California.
In her spare time, Gayle enjoys recreational reading; she loves biographies about people who’ve made it despite tremendous obstacles. She trains for bike marathons to raise money for various charities, plays the piano, studies foreign languages (she is currently working on her Spanish). Also, Gayle is an art lover and an art collector. She belongs to several museums, including the California African American Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Autry National Center, the Pacific Asia Museum, the Pasadena Museum of Art, the California Science Center, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, to name a few.
Gayle is involved in various charitable programs for the American Cancer Society, the Hirschberg Pancreatic Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, the Arthritis Foundation, as well as several literacy and education programs including the Los Angeles Library Foundation.
Gayle loves dogs! Although her current schedule prevents her from being a full time “fur mom,” she donates to several rescue organizations.