Kerri-Lee Mayland is an award-winning news anchor who decided to move to Connecticut after spending summers at the family cottage in Litchfield County. She has been on the desk for some major continuous coverage at NBC Connecticut, including the freak October snowstorm, the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and coverage of the Blizzard of 2013.
Before choosing to make NBC Connecticut home, she spent nearly a decade in Philadelphia, where she was a main evening anchor but also anchored Good Day Philadelphia, and launched the 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.
During election season, she solo-anchored a special 11 p.m. broadcast called, “The Last Word,” where she interviewed guests ranging from politicians and newsmakers to Joe the Plumber. She also spent years anchoring and reporting in Boston and Washington, DC, but began her career in Phoenix, Ariz. at KSAZ and KTAR Radio.
In Washington, she launched the breaking news helicopter SkyFOX and covered countless major stories from the air and ground, including live shots for CNN and FOX News after a twister touched down in Maryland, coverage of the disappearance of Chandra Levy, the Monica Lewinsky scandal and did live shots from the State Department minutes after reports of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings.
Kerri-Lee was an anchor in Boston, but also hit the streets and covered several major national stories.
During 9/11, she and her photographer gained unparalleled access to the area known as "The Pit" at Ground Zero just hours after the attacks. She was embedded with the New England FEMA Task Force in their rescue and recovery efforts in the hours and weeks after the attacks in New York City. Her reporting earned her a First Place National Headliner Award. She also spent three weeks in Tallahassee, Fla. covering the Election 2000 recount, eventually following the story of the “hanging chads” to the steps of the Supreme Court.
Kerri-Lee has been awarded multiple Emmys and most recently was awarded "Best News Anchor" in 2009 and 2007 for the Mid-Atlantic Region. She has been honored by many other journalism organizations, like the Society of Professional Journalists and Hearst Foundation.
Kerri-Lee graduated from the acclaimed Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, where she earned several department scholarships and was ranked nationally at the collegiate level in both radio and television in the William Randolph Hearst Competitions two years in a row.
While in Philadelphia, she split her time between the anchor desk and classroom. Kerri-Lee was an adjunct professor for a senior class in Temple University's broadcasting department.
Kerri-Lee has been featured in W Magazine, New Woman Magazine, South Jersey Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, a contributing writer for Philly Fit Magazine, and remains the Green Space Editor for Rowhome Magazine.
Kerri-Lee's husband Kirt first introduced her to Connecticut living and the Mayland family has deep New England roots. Kirt attended The Hotchkiss school, later graduating with his law degree from UConn after attending Dartmouth and the University of Vermont. Kerri-Lee has a toddler daughter and a young son who loves the outdoor sports New England offers, including hockey. A career highlight so far: playing halftime at a Connecticut Whale game.
As a family, they are avid year-round recreational sports types -- hiking, climbing, biking, skiing, skating, show shoeing, swimming, fishing and camping. Kerri-Lee is a budding equestrian and a recruit for the First Company Connecticut Governor’s Horse Guard, the longest-running Cavalry unit in the nation.
Upon completing the rigorous training, look for Kerri-Lee to be horseback at inaugurations and parades. The unit can also be deployed, assists in severe weather disasters and missing person searches and actively gives back to the community through several charitable events throughout the year.