Kylie McGivern joined the News Channel 11 team in August 2012 as a digital journalist/weekend morning anchor. She now anchors the 7pm newscast weekdays with an emphasis in investigative/enterprise reporting. Kylie has been honored with 12 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters awards in her time here, including Best Reporter in a Tennessee Small Market in 2015.
Before moving to the Tri-Cities, Kylie was a reporter/anchor/producer at the NBC affiliate in Columbia, MO. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism, and minor in Sociology. Kylie interned with the U.S. State Department’s U.S.-European Media Hub in Brussels. She loves to travel, and is always up for trying new things.
Born and raised in Tarpon Springs, FL, Kylie is excited to return to the southeast and call Johnson City home. She’s blown away by East Tennessee’s beauty.
Kylie has a passion for storytelling, and believes everyone has a story. She looks forward to sharing yours. If you have an idea, shoot Kylie an e-mail at KMcGivern@wjhl.com.
Sports you played in high school, college or both?
Up until graduating high school, I actually figure skated competitively. Don’t say it, I know what you’re thinking: Wait… But didn’t she grow up in FLORIDA?! Believe it or not, between the books and the beach, most of my free time for around 8 years was spent on the ice. When the Winter Olympics rolls around, you can find me glued to the television clapping like a maniac during the figure skating competition! The memories, and sport as a whole, will always hold a very special place in my heart.
Favorite food(s) to eat on the go?
If it’s ever a question which news vehicle I drive, you can trace the one with Cliff Bar wrappers stuffed in the driver’s side door back to this girl. Since we are ALWAYS on the go in this business, Cliff Bars have become my go-to to hold me over until I can get some “real food.” Nevermind the fact I’m not rock climbing, white water rafting, or running a marathon. They. Are. Life savers!
First job you ever had?
My first job was at PacSun. But the first job that was really seared into my memory didn’t come until the summer after my freshman year of college. In order to get residency (drastically cutting down the out-of-state tuition cost) I took the first summer job I could land: working at a local book factory. The company hired a bunch of college kids in the summer, and I would soon learn my only saving grace was getting to work with two of my friends. The hours were 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. My dad couldn’t have been more proud, having grown up in Milwaukee, in blue-collar America. It was a rough summer, but one that taught me more than I could have imagined about people. It also cemented for me the ever-important lesson to stay in school.
First concert you attended- What band/musician, when and where?
The TRL Tour, when TRL was still on MTV. Destiny’s Child. Nelly. Eve. Dream. Needless to say I was in heaven, complete with my crimped hair and leather pants. I felt so cool. Did I mention I was with my mom?