Charlisa Gordon

Charlisa Gordon is a reporter for WAAY.

Title: Reporter

I’ve always wanted to work in the television industry, but never did I think I would be on TV reporting the news. After college I spent a few years working behind the scenes for two major networks and for years everyone would say "You belong on camera, not behind one."

In 2013 I took the leap of faith and flew to California to put together a reporter demo reel, and in less than a month I landed my first reporting job. Now I’m an award-winning journalist, 1st place recipient of the 2017 Associated Press Award for best series on the “Heroin Crisis in the Miami Valley,” and an official news junkie.

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” –Albert Einstein–

I obtained my master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland…Go Terps! I also have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rider University...Go Broncs!

When I’m not chasing down the news of the day, I spend my time doing the Lord’s work and public service with my sorority, mentoring young African-American students in high school and college.

Born on the beautiful island of Jamaica, I’ve since lived in 11 states and Germany, while growing up an “Army BRAT.” My military childhood sparked a passion for travel and I’m happy to call the Rocket City and the state Alabama my 12th home.