Kayla McCormick is an Emmy Award winning producer with a knack for finding and developing great stories. Her 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, she was able to write, develop and produce quality human interest and social justice pieces that reached millions of people.
In 2015, while based in Chicago, Kayla produced, wrote, directed and co-edited her first, award winning, low-budget feature length documentary, selectED, which premiered at a number of festivals across the United States. In 2016, she had the honor of working as a freelance network news field producer for Al Jazeera America, where she developed, produced and covered national and breaking news for a global audience.
Since Al Jazeera, McCormick has focussed more intensely on documentary and news production. In 2018, she relocated to Austin, Texas to help launch the Spectrum News Originals Documentary Division for their Austin-San Antonio Bureau. There, she was awarded the Lonestar Regional Emmy Award as Producer/Shooter for the hour-long documentary feature "Lonestar Crisis: The Opioid Epidemic." In 2019, she executive produced a special on the Sutherland Springs Church Massacre and received a 2019 Regional Emmy nomination for Continuing Coverage. That same year, the team was tasked with producing and developing content for the Los Angeles market as well, and recently received a 2020 regional Emmy nomination for the news documentary feature, "LA Under the Gun." Awards have not been announced yet.
McCormick is now a Dallas, Texas based regional staff producer for NBC News. She produces content for Nightly News with Lester Holt, Today Show, MSNBC and across NBC News' digital platforms.