Toya Washington is an African-American journalist and television personality with a class. She is one of those who still makes it interesting for many of us to traditionally sit down on a couch or chair and watch television in a world where social media is increasingly becoming a go-to place for everything including news, both fake and real.
Though being a media personality, Toya has succeeded greatly in keeping away many details of her background and personality from the public. What people know most about her borders in and around her career. This has kept the question of who Toya Washington is being a regular search query fed into the search engines of various devices of people who are desirous to know her. If you are one of such, you have just struck gold here as we gathered and have presented a lot of information about the celebrity below.
Bio – Who is Toya Washington?
Toya Washington was born on the 3rd of August into an Afro-American family that lived in Minneapolis, the United States of America. A couple of online sources reports otherwise that she was born in North London, England into a Nigerian family as a British citizen of Afro-British ethnicity. However, the British Toya Washington is very much different from the American Toya Washington who also goes exactly by the same name. The difference between the two becomes apparent when the career’s of the two women are put into perspective. In addition, our subject here has her name as Toya Washington, while the British Toya has her name with an “A” initial thus Toya A. Washington.
The Afro-British Toya who was born on October 6, 1984, is a television reality star who gained fame for appearing on the 15th edition of Big Brother UK where she competed with Louise Cliffe. Her profile also states that she is a vlogger (YouTube channel – Beautybonae) and has hosted events like the Women4Africa 2014 and The Afro Hair & Beauty Show in the same year.
This is certainly not what we know the Minneapolis born Toya Washington for. Toya Washington studied journalism and women’s studies at UW Madison University where she subsequently graduated bagging her degree. Records have it that from a very young age, she had always loved news business and this probably informed why she trained in that line. Her foray with journalism and its practice dates back to when she interned at WCCO-TV during her high school internship. From then onwards, Toya fanned fervently, the flames that kept her focused on becoming a professional journalist.
After her college studies, Toya Washington began her Journalism career with WISC TV, a CBS affiliate TV station as an anchor and a weekend news reporter. Six years passed and the avid reporter in December 2002 joined WISN-TV (Channel 12) in the capacity of a news co-anchor for ABC affiliate’s 5 p.m newscast with Kathy Mykleby. In the course of her career, Toya rose to co-anchor the network’s 6 pm newscast as well as report for their 12 News This Morning.
Toya Washington has been with WISN since 2002 and has disclosed that she sees her colleagues at the news network as her second family and that she considers herself lucky to be with them. Similarly, Channel 12 news director Lori Waldon also revealed that the Milwaukee ABC’s station owned by Hearst Television Inc., of New York City is pleased with the journalist and how she does her work. He further added that the network will continue to do everything possible to make her comfortable with her job.
Her Family: Husband, Kids
As earlier stated, Toya is not one who reveals many things about herself talk more of keeping a timeline of the events in her life on social media like others do. This being the case, her family is no exception as not much about them has come out in the public.
Nevertheless, we know that she is married to a man named Brian and they are both parents to two daughters named Alivia and Maya. Besides these two, Toya Washington had some time in 2010 disclosed that she was pregnant with the fifth member of their family. As a confirmation to this, she had her working time adjusted in WISN-TV to enable her to adjust properly to the demands of being a mother and an expectant mother at the time. However, nothing has been revealed about her family since then. Should we lay our hands on more information, we will update this piece.
- Toya Washington is a known active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
- She seats and serves on the Board of Visitors for her alma matter (UW School of Journalism and Mass Communication).
- Similarly, Toya was chosen as Wisconsin’s Journalist in Residence by the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2015.
- The reporter earns close to $40, 000 annually or possibly more. Her net worth has not been disclosed.
- Toya was chosen as a master of ceremonies (MC) for the November 2003 Freedom Fund Reception for the NAACP Waukesha Branch which had Oprah Winfrey as a keynote speaker. Oprah commented about Toya, she said she is going places.