After graduating from Emerson College with her B.S. in Broadcast Journalism, Shakala made her way to Western Massachusetts to join the ABC 40 news team.
Shakala grew up in Haverhill, Mass. and is very proud to call the Bay State home.
At Emerson, she served as the president of her school’s award-winning college news station, WEBN News. While she was a member, WEBN took home the Associated Press’ college news station of the year award, as well as awards for breaking news coverage and best documentary, among several others. She was one of eight students chosen to work on the organization’s television specials. This gave her the opportunity to report at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, the Primetime Emmy Awards, and the 85th and 86th Academy Awards.
Shakala dedicated her college years to honing her skills and learning about issues in Boston that impacted the community. She is a recipient of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Scholarship. Through her hard work, she landed internships with Haverhill Community TV, New England Cable News, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
She loves meeting new people, reading, trying new foods, and occasionally traveling to her “other” home: Jamaica.
Shakala’s an avid volunteer for the Big Sister Association, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. She’s always believed that helping one another is the greatest deed we can do for each other and ourselves.
To her, journalism feeds this drive to help others and make a difference in the world…one community at a time. As passionate as she is about journalism, she’s just as committed to making sure voices in the community are heard.
Feel free to e-mail Shakala with any story ideas you have or to say hi! She’d love to hear from you.