• Toya Washington is an African-American television reporter and anchorwoman of Nigerian descent.
• She is a four-time-nominated Emmy award winner and is the co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast on ABC-affiliated WISN television station.
• She was raised in Minneapolis, USA by her Nigerian parents, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a degree in journalism and women’s studies.
• She was praised by Oprah Winfrey and has interviewed various prominent figures in the US presidential campaign.
• She has accumulated a net worth of $700,000 and her social media presence is strong.
Who is Toya Washington? What is her age?
Born under the sign of Leo on the 3rd of August in an unspecified year in an unknown part of Minneapolis USA, Toya Washington is an African-American television reporter and anchorwoman of Nigerian descent. She is perhaps best known to the world for being a four-time-nominated Emmy award winner, as well as for her significant TV screen presence as the co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast on ABC-affiliated WISN television station. She has also had a number of other successes in the sometimes lucrative journalism profession since 1996.
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Her Beginnings: A Mysterious Childhood
Toya was raised, apparently an only child, in her birthplace by her Nigerian parents of unknown names and professions. Due to the general lack of information across credible sources, virtually nothing is known about her early life, except the fact that she developed an early interest in journalism. She attended an unspecified high school in her birth state, during which time she also underwent an internship at the CBS-affiliated WCCO-TV, and although this is unconfirmed, it is thought that she matriculated in 1992. She then enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she spent the next four years furthering her education, thereby graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and women’s studies in 1996. Following her academic achievement, she almost immediately began working.
Career: A Rising Journalist
In part due to her high school internship at a CBS-affiliate television station, Toya was first employed at another such television station – WISC-TV, in the position of weekend news anchor and reporter, and in which she remained in for six years until late 2002. She then transferred from WISC-TV to ABC-affiliated WISN-TV, where she remains to this day. However, her position varied over the years, changing along with her salary as she gained national prominence.
Toya’s ability was recognized early on by her employer, as she was chosen to be the master of ceremonies for the Freedom Fund Reception by the NAACP Waukesha Branch in the November of 2003, where Oprah Winfrey was one of the most influential invitees. As can be concluded from Toya Washington’s employee description on WISN-TV’s website, Oprah directly praised the anchor, stating that she was ‘a person who was going places.’
In 2004, she was one of the lead anchors from her station covering the US presidential campaign, and thus had the opportunity of interviewing various prominent faces, such as Tommy Thompson – former Secretary of Health & Human Resources and Wisconsin Government, businessman and politician Herbert H. Kohl, and various participants of ABC’s talk show entitled “The View”, to name a few.
Then and Now
Over the 17 years she has been at WISN-TV, she had a select few positions, such as co-anchoring the highly popular 6 p.m. newscast and reporting for the TV news program entitled “12 News This Morning,” thus maintaining a screen presence every weekday from 5 to 7 a.m. At the moment, Washington is the co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast.
Her Family and Love Life: Who is her Husband?
As for Toya’s early romantic involvements, no confirmed information can be found. Almost nothing is known about her husband too, besides the fact that he is an African-American named Brian. They dated for an unspecified amount of time and married at an undisclosed location, far away from any publicity. Together, they have two daughters, Alivia and Maya, both of whom are considered to be younger than 10 at the moment, but with no certified evidence. Until their parents decide to come forward with more detail on social media, the fans will be left to speculate. The family live together at an undisclosed location in Pewaukee, Wisconsin USA.
The Confusion of Two Toyas
The public sometimes tends to mix up two completely different celebrities of the same name, due to the fact that they are both African-American females named Toya Washington. However, Toya A. Washington from Britain is not a journalist. Instead, she is in an entirely different line of work, known to her fans mostly for her presence in the reality TV show entitled “Big Brother 15.” With a single look at her Big Brother UK Wiki profile, it is easy to recognize the difference between the two celebrities. Nevertheless, this type of mix-up tends to take place from time to time, which is what gave birth to the myth that US journalist Toya Washington was in fact born in Britain.
Her Other Influences
Thanks to the accomplishments she accumulated early in her career, Toya has been enjoying the sponsorship of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specifically by the University Communications department of University Relations. That said, she is also an old member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Lastly, she has an honorary position on the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
What is Toya Washington’s Net Worth? How high is her Salary?
Have you ever wondered how rich Toya is, as of early 2019? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total of Toya’s accumulated wealth is close to $700,000, while her annual salary is pure speculation. She made her fortune by having a significant screen presence as one of the most popular co-anchors and reporters of ABC-affiliated WISN-TV. As her career continues to develop, the said amount is bound to increase.
Time for the annual #selfie at the @ARCWisc #MakeAPromise Gala pic.twitter.com/5nGwu5ZK7U
— Toya Washington (@Toya_Washington) March 31, 2019
Social Media Presence
Social media is increasingly important to worldwide audiences, so most celebrities need to keep their fans informed about their activities, and thus sustain and potentially increase their rating and profit. Toya herself is no stranger to this popular trend, as her dedication to posting updates on her public profiles and engaging with her fans is at an all-time high. Her Facebook page has over 8,000 followers, her Twitter account over 4,000, but her Instagram account is private.
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