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Powell inspires on and off TV screen
Women's History Month – Women In Broadcasting
Published Thursday, March 14, 2013
by Taylor Shaw

clientuploads/WOT/Tisha.Powell.jpgDURHAM – Tisha Powell was bitten by the “news bug” after joining her high school newspaper.

“That was my introduction to journalism,” she said. “I loved having the opportunity to tell other people’s stories; to interview them, to learn about them and to share that with our school community.”

After graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans, she landed a job as reporter, producer and anchor for WCBI in Columbus, Miss. But she became homesick and moved back to her home state to report for WDSU. Three years later, she relocated to San Antonio, Texas, where she was the midday anchor at News 9 San Antonio and reporter and anchor for KABB.

Powell currently co-anchors Eyewitness News at 5 and 5:30 p.m. with Steve Daniels on ABC 11, and at 10 o’clock on CW22 as well as the 11 p.m. show on ABC 11. Powell is also Eyewitness News’ health and fitness reporter. She has been with the station since 2004.

“Getting to where I am now was a goal of mine,” she said. “I knew I would get to where I am eventually. I didn’t know how long it would take.”

Powell’s most memorable moments in her career were covering Hurricane Mitch in Honduras and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “I would say those two stories that had such horrible suffering rank high with me,” she said.

While working in San Antonio, Powell covered a story about a man who sawed off his hand at a cabinet-making factory. He said he knew that he would be OK because on the way to the hospital, he had a vision: He would heal people with his severed hand. Powell visited him in the hospital. Doctors were able to reattach his hand, and his fingers were fully functional.

“While working as a general assignment reporter, you get a wide variety of stories in news,” said Powell who has over 15 years of experience. You never know what the next day is going to bring.”

Powell considers herself a “fitness buff” that enjoys yoga and biking. “I take pride in being a health conscious person,” she said. “I think that is key to longevity.”

She admits that she doesn't mind being outdoors and getting dirty. Growing up on the bayous of Louisiana, she spent summers on her grandparent’s farm picking peanuts, okra and gathering field peas.

“I think I might come across sometimes as someone who is ‘big city’ and really I’m just a country girl at heart,” she said.

Powell is married and has a 10-year-old daughter, whom she says keeps her going. “I want her to see what a positive, healthy lifestyle is,” she said. “Knowing that she’s watching and knowing that she is going to depict my behavior keeps me on the straight and narrow.”

Powell also strives to be a role model for younger children. “I always try to make time to stop and say hello,” she said. “I think people see me, especially the younger kids, on television and they have this impression or idea of how they think I am. I don't want to let them down.”

The Louisiana Association of Educators awarded Powell for her outstanding education coverage, and the Press Club of New Orleans recognized her for her outstanding deadline news coverage.

Powell is a parent volunteer with the Girl Scouts of American and Duke School for Children, and the American Heart Association and Meals on Wheels.



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