Kiya Edwards is a news reporter at KARE 11. She grew up in Minneapolis and is proud to be back in the Twin Cities.

Her TV career began with a leap of faith and a one-way ticket to Nairobi, Kenya.

There wasn’t a job waiting for her when she landed. But Kiya quickly became a lead reporter and host of Africa Journal, an internationally aired show featuring positive pan-African news. Over the course of two years, she covered stories in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco, and Italy.

Once back in the U.S., Kiya worked for KWQC TV 6-News in Davenport, Iowa. She shot, wrote, and edited stories all in one day, all by herself. She also filled in on the anchor desk.

Kiya then jumped 80 TV markets, working at KSDK News in St. Louis. In addition to covering daily crime, the station sent her to Houston and New Orleans, where she provided live breaking news coverage of Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Cindy.

Kiya went to South High School but spent sophomore year as an exchange student in Germany. She double majored in journalism and theater at the University of Minnesota.

Today, Kiya is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She’s a Red Cross blood donor, a “Big” through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a student at Metro Karate & Jiu Jitsu Academy, where she recently earned her first stripe.

You can catch Kiya Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on KARE 11 Sunrise. She also posts videos and news updates on social media.

Feel free to e-mail her at kedwards@kare11.com.

When I was young, I wanted to be:  An actress.

First job:  Gloria Jean’s Coffees at Mall of America.

Favorite travel spot:  Ethiopia and Morocco are tied.

Favorite local spot:  Lake Nokomis.

Pets:  I have a cat named Arthur.

Not-so-secret dream:  To be a houseguest on Big Brother.

Why do you like your job:  Every day is an adventure. I have the opportunity to meet someone new and to improve my craft every single day.

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