Valencia Wicker is an Emmy-nominated journalist who fell in love with the creative power of television news as a student at Spelman College in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
Before working for WKRN as a reporter/anchor, Valencia could be seen bright and early on 10TV This Morning, the morning newscast for the CBS affiliate in Columbus, OH. Before moving to Columbus, she spent five years at the ABC News affiliate in Charleston, SC.
Valencia has told thousands of stories on both triumph and tragedy. She was one of the first reporters on the scene after the church massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church where nine parishioners were murdered during a Wednesday night bible study. To this day, she calls it the most transformative and emotional story of her career.
Valencia’s work has been twice nominated for an Emmy Award by the Southeast division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She was named Reporter of the Year in 2014 by the Radio, Television and Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
Alongside her career, Valencia has a heart for empowering others. She often takes public speaking engagements at local churches and conferences.
Valencia is an all-around creative soul. She studied Music/Vocal Performance at Spelman, before earning her graduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Her first gig in the business landed her a job as a production assistant for Good Morning America in New York City.
When she is not on the job or serving as Mistress of Ceremony for various events across the country, Valencia is active in community service. She is a dedicated member of The Links, Incorporated, loves to travel, spend time with her family and indulge in fine dining.