Heather Leigh

Mobile journalist

Published On: Mar 10 2014 01:34:31 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 02 2014 05:57:24 PM EDT

Heather Leigh was first introduced to the Channel 4 news team back in the summer of 2011, when she was an intern. Shortly after the internship, Heather graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she’s originally from.

She went off to explore the Midwest, getting a job in Sioux City, Iowa, as a reporter and fill-in anchor. She learned more about agriculture than she ever expected and could tell you all about the ethanol industry. She covered the 2012 election, interviewing candidates and even making it on the Colbert Report for one of her interviews with a U.S. congressman.

Heather was also on the front line when a string of tornadoes pushed through the area. She took an in-depth look at the damage and how communities around Siouxland were recovering.

And, if you’ve never seen flying Asian carp, consider yourself lucky. Heather got a first-hand look at how the fish are invading the Missouri river and just how dangerous they can be when they began flying into the boat she was reporting from.

She also had the chance to meet and interview Elizabeth Smart. The 14-year-old was abducted in the middle of the night by strangers and held captive for months. Smart’s terrifying story is still widely talked about today. Heather got to hear it straight from Smart.

The Midwest was certainly welcoming and Heather loved her time there, even though temperatures frequently dipped below zero. One of the many reasons she wanted to get back to her roots: sunny and warm Florida!

After two years in the tri-state area of Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota, Heather got that opportunity at a place she knew pretty well, The Local Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

Heather loves singing and playing the guitar when she’s not out chasing down stories. She is also an avid cat fan, so cat fashion shows are just her thing (kidding). She also likes spending time with her family and friends, taking walks, riding her bike and hanging out on the town.

If you ever see her out, don’t hesitate to say hello.

CONNECT WITH HEATHER: Facebook.com/wjxt4heatherleigh | @WJXTHLeigh

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