Teresa Whitaker joined the WRBL team in March 1987 as a member of the Production department, awaiting an opening in News.
The opportunity presented itself six months later. As a reporter, Teresa has covered a wide-range of stories from general assignment to government to crime. She’s anchored morning cut-ins, the weekend newscasts, and now anchors at 5,6 and 11 p.m. nightly. As the Health Watch reporter, Teresa is skilled at making people comfortable enough to share the most personal and emotional stories. She recalls one such story about a young man who fell asleep on a railroad track and was struck by a train. He’s grateful a plastic surgeon was able to re-construct his badly injured foot.
Teresa has been recognized by the Associated Press, the NAACP, Sisters Inc. which honored her with the Rosa Parks Award of Courage in Communication, ToastMasters International, The Courier-Eco Latino Newspaper, her alma mater West Georgia College and many other organizations.
She is a proud graduate of Kendrick High School, CVCC and West Georgia College (now University of West Georgia) where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, emphasis on Broadcast Journalism.
Outside of work, Teresa enjoys service to her community as a much sought-after emcee, speaker, career presenter, and mentor. She volunteers at her church with the Women’s Life group and the Dream Center which feeds and clothes homeless and low income families. She’s a former member of the Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Teresa was born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. As an army brat, she has lived abroad and on military posts in the U.S. The Columbus/Harris County area is her home.