Laila Muhammad

What Laila Muhammad enjoys most about her job is helping people start their day with a smile while getting the most up-to-date information on news, weather and traffic. Laila loves to smile and believes positive energy is contagious. That's what she hopes viewers gain while watching NewsChannel 3 This Morning and WGNT News, which she co-anchors alongside Blaine Stewart weekday mornings.

Laila got her big break in TV working behind-the-scenes as a production assistant on the morning show at WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC, while she waited for entry into graduate school. Laila then headed to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she received her Master of Science in Journalism. That experience gave Laila the opportunity to serve as a Washington Correspondent for KVIA in El Paso, TX, covering the Texas Congressional delegation on Capitol Hill. She was also a feature reporter for the Washington, D.C. news radio station WTOP 107.7 FM.

Prior to arriving in Norfolk, Laila was a reporter/anchor for WNCT-TV 9 in Greenville, NC. She covered everything from investigative reports to Hurricane Ophelia. Laila was also an adjunct professor at East Carolina University, where she taught at the School of Communication for two years.

Laila joined NewsChannel 3 in September 2007 as a reporter. Within her first week on the job, she made her debut on the anchor desk and became the permanent weekend morning anchor. A year later, she joined NewsChannel 3 This Morning. Laila was also excited and honored to be a part of the August 2011 launch of WGNT News Powered by Newschannel 3, extending morning local news coverage to four consecutive hours.

Laila loves to mentor aspiring journalists and still believes the art of solid newsgathering, interviewing, factual and unbiased reporting, and compelling writing is what really matters most in newsrooms. Laila also enjoys assisting mentees in finding internships. She considers herself a former "super intern." While pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and History from Salem College, Laila dedicated many unpaid, long hours to internships at places like the CBS Early Show, Best Damn Sports Show Period, FOX Sports West and her hometown radio station.

Laila feels right at home in Hampton Roads. She is a military brat, raised in Fayetteville, NC. In her off time, she loves exercising, especially ZUMBA. She is also a college and NBA basketball fan and is always up for a heated debate about her favorite Duke Blue Devils or Boston Celtics. Laila is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is full of southern hospitality, so feel free to e-mail Laila to say "Hi" or drop a story idea.

Recent Articles

  • WATCH: “Salem” puts a twist on the infamous Salem witch trials

    Posted on: 1:48 pm, April 18, 2014, by and

    A new original series debuts on WGN America Sunday, April 20, at 10 p.m. “Salem” puts a twist on the...
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  • “Salem” series debuts this weekend – Laila has the scoop!

    Posted on: 2:19 pm, April 17, 2014, by and , updated on: 01:51pm, April 18, 2014

    A new original series debuts on WGN America Sunday, April 20. "Salem" puts a twist on the infamous Salem witch trials during 17th century Massachusetts.
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  • Laila goes to Hollywood: Behind the scenes of The Bold and the Beautiful

    Posted on: 1:09 pm, February 20, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:25pm, February 20, 2014

    Earlier this week, we caught up with the stars of The Young and the Restless. Now, it's all about The Bold and the Beautiful, and the secrets behind love scenes.
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  • Laila goes to Hollywood: Behind the scenes with Y&R’s Eric Braeden

    Posted on: 5:46 pm, February 18, 2014, by and

    NewsChannel 3's Laila Muhammad headed to Los Angeles to visit the set of The Young and the Restless as well as several other CBS shows and caught a side to actor Eric Braeden you don't see often.
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  • Laila Muhammad speaks German with Victor Newman of Y & R

    Posted on: 12:09 pm, February 18, 2014, by and

    In this exclusive video only on NewsChannel 3 – Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) of The Young and the Restless is...
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  • Laila goes to Hollywood: Behind the scenes of your favorite CBS shows

    Posted on: 3:18 pm, February 14, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:25am, February 18, 2014

    Next week, NewsChannel 3 is giving you a behind-the-scenes peek at some of your favorite CBS shows.
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  • LL Cool J reveals his childhood dream during one-on-one with Laila

    Posted on: 12:19 pm, June 18, 2013, by and , updated on: 06:08pm, June 18, 2013

    Rapper and actor LL Cool J was in Portsmouth this weekend performing at N-Telos Wireless Pavilion with other hip hop legends.
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  • From the war zone to Zen: Ancient therapy helps veterans fight anxiety and depression

    Posted on: 2:16 pm, February 12, 2013, by and , updated on: 10:42am, February 16, 2013

    An adaptive yoga class may be the only peaceful moment these Marines experience throughout their day, even though the stretching,...
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  • Here’s the Good News: Fairy Godmothers

    Posted on: 1:14 pm, March 14, 2012, by

    Wendy Baylor is sizing dresses, and making sure everything is neat and ready to go for the Fairy Godmothers of...
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