Kayla McCormick


Welcome to my personal website.  I am an Emmy Award winning producer with a knack for finding and developing great stories.  My passion for journalism began while embedded with Air Station New Orleans for The Weather Channel during Hurricane Katrina.  Later, as a producer for Oprah’s Next Chapter and The Oprah Winfrey Show,  I was able to write, develop and produce quality human interest and social justice pieces that reached millions of people.  In 2015, I produced, wrote and directed my first, award winning, feature length documentary, selectED, which premiered at a number of festivals across the United States.  In 2016, I had the honor of working as a freelance network news field producer for Al Jazeera America, where I developed, produced and covered national and breaking news for a global audience.  Since Al Jazeera, I have focussed more intensely on documentary-style news production.  In 2018, I relocated to Austin, Texas where I helped launch the Spectrum News Originals Documentary Division for their Austin-San Antonio Bureau.  This past September we received the regional Emmy award for the hour-long documentary Lone Star Crisis: The Opioid Epidemic.  Due to the success of our Austin bureau, we were tasked with producing and developing content for the Los Angeles market as well.  

My production résumé includes, but is not limited to: Spectrum News Originals, Al Jazeera America, Oprah’s Next Chapter on OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The National Geographic Channel, The History Channel, A&E, The Weather Channel, WGBH - Boston, WTTW - Chicago, and ABC New York.  

Producing the 2017 Emmy-nominated news package "The Bond Trap" for WYCC/PBS Chicago

Scouting Dharavi Slum for "Oprah's Next Chapter" Mumbai, India

Co-Producer/Second Camera for "Oprah's Favorite Guest of All Time" Northern Zimbabwe, Africa

History Channel "The World's Most Dangerous Road"

Bolivia, South America

   Live shots for Al Jazeera America from The Savannah River Nuclear Reactor Site, Aiken, SC

2005 New Orleans, LA covering Hurricane Katrina    for "Storm Stories" on The Weather Channel

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