Alisha Laventure is an anchor at WFAA in Dallas, TX, specializing in television news.
1) Who are you? (Sort feels like I’m filling out an online dating application with this question…)
I’m a New York native/Texas transplant who loves a good steak – one of the tastier reasons Texas has been a great fit for me. I’m also a proud Haitian-American – Haitian Creole is one of 4 languages I speak. Growing up, my mother watched the news religiously. Truth be told, I hated watching the news as a kid. By the time I got to high school when I got home from track practice, my mother had the 5 pm newscast on. Two women anchored the show, Roz, and Diane. I admired how poised they were, how well-spoken they were. Growing up in a bilingual home, my classmates teased me every now and again about how I pronounced certain vowel sounds. I ultimately started paying attention to the anchors’ grammar and pronunciation. Fast forward to now – if you’ve ever met someone born and raised on Long Islander, you’d say they are the ones who speak with the strong accent!
2) What are your interests? I. Love. Food. I love cooking it, photographing it, and of course, eating it! My homemade tiramisu and barbeque ribs just might make you shed a tear… I keep a running list of every restaurant I’ve been to/want to go to -- I started doing this while living in NYC, and now I keep one for DFW. And it’s such a treat to be able to indulge the foodie in me while at work with the cooking segments I produce on New 8 Midday. And because some foods aren’t as kind to your waistline as others, I really enjoy the health segments we do on News 8 at 4. It’s a privilege to hear first-hand from our medical experts about the best ways to stay healthy and in shape. When my commute from the station went from 15-50 minutes, I discovered the amazing world of podcasts.
And because working in the news business has a tendency to help you put into perspective what’s really important in life. That said, I’ve learned to appreciate the simple things. These days, “game night” with a group of friends or a read from the New York Times bestseller list puts a big smile on my face.
3) What do you like about working at WFAA? The best way to answer this question would be to give you a live-stream of all that happens the behind-the-scenes here. That’s the only way to really see the magic: the way our assignment desk cracks the whip when answering the phones, the mini-dance parties during commercial breaks on set, the hearty laughs that come from deep in your diaphragm when you work with people you genuinely like and care about – and the excellent that we broadcast every day on our shows, because the people behind them truly care about the work they do. Some would say it’s rare to get along so well with your coworkers – I love mine, so much so, I’ll even see them intentionally outside of the newsroom! Yes, WFAA is a legacy station, yes we’ve won countless awards, but in my opinion, at the end of the day, the greatness this station creates is attributed to the amazing talents of people whom I have the pleasure of working alongside every day. Plain and simple. The fact that our work changes people’s lives, often for the better, is a pretty sweet perk worth mentioning too.
4) What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? I used to know American Sign Language. I studied for a few years while I was in high school. I loved it! There’s something about being able to carry an entire conversation without ever uttering a sound that’s just extraordinary. That said, there’s a lot of emphasis on non-verbal cues when communicating using sign language – furrowing your eyebrows, leaning forward, moving your heads, shoulders – your whole body really – to tell a story. Viewers often tell me how expressive I am when I talk or anchor a newscast – that’s all because of ASL. Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten a lot of the language, but I hope to pick it up again in the future.
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