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About LaMonica Peters
LaMonica Peters is a Broadcast Journalist for KFMB-TV in San Diego, California.
My fascination with broadcasting started with the Crenshaw High Cougar News. As Student Body President, I would address my classmates via closed-circuit TV. I'd also go to the top urban L.A. radio station to announce the most popular songs voted on by students. That was my first taste of being in broadcasting and I loved it! After finishing my Communications Studies degree at UCLA, I taught school in the Los Angeles Unified School District but ultimately, I decided to pursue my dream job as a Broadcast Journalist.
I went back to radio where it all began to get my broadcasting career started. I volunteered at two local radio stations while still working full-time. I volunteered at KJLH-FM, a station I grew up listening to and where I learned the positive impact local media outlets can have on a community. I also worked at KPFK-FM, a public radio station in Los Angeles, where I hosted "The Peters Poll" as a part of a public affairs show. It was my first chance to use social media to interact directly with listeners. I'd pose a question to the audience about a hot topic on Facebook and then read some of their responses on air.
After working in radio, I made the decision to pursue a career in television news. Soon after, I'd move to Greenville, MS to be the Weekend Anchor and Reporter at WXVT. I then moved to WCBI News in Columbus, MS. There I covered the devastation left behind after 23 tornadoes ripped through Mississippi on the same day, taking the lives of 14 people. I also interviewed Sabrina Butler, the only woman in America to be exonerated from death row, as she campaigned around the country to eliminate the death penalty.
I was honored to be acknowledged by the Mississippi Associated Press for Public Affairs in 2014. I was awarded a 3-part series on breast cancer. My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer the year before and now thankfully she's a survivor. I also taught communications and theatre classes at Mississippi State University, the largest college in the state, as well as Mississippi Valley State University.
After working in Mississippi for 3 1/2 years, I headed north to Buffalo, NY as a Reporter/Fill-in Anchor for Spectrum News. I traveled to Flint, MI to cover a Buffalo-based church as they delivered thousands of bottled water directly to the community after the city's water system had been contaminated. I covered lots of breaking news and around-the-clock severe weather while filling in as Anchor. In June 2017, I was also honored with a New York State Associated Press Award for Public Service. I contributed to a series of stories about city sidewalk safety after a 7-month old baby died.
Growing up in sunny Southern California, I have to admit that reporting in extreme weather took some getting used to but some of my most memorable field reports have been weather-related.
After working as a freelance Reporter in Seattle for over a year, I'm now reporting in Southern CA - San Diego!