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Darrah Wilcox  photo I am thrilled to be a part of the Eyewitness News team I grew up watching.

I graduated magna cum laude from Marshall University with a degree in broadcast journalism and minors in political science and Spanish. I was born and raised in the Westmoreland community of Huntington and graduated from Spring Valley High School in 2001.

During my time at Marshall, I interned at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh and WSAZ in Huntington and started my professional career at WDTV in Bridgeport. There, I spent a few years as a one-man-band reporter, covering the Morgantown area, then as fill-in weekend anchor and finished my stint there as the co-anchor for the Daybreak and Midday shows.

I joined the Eyewitness News team in September 2009 to start my day bright and early as the morning reporter on Eyewitness News This Morning. In that position, I covered everything from major snowstorms, flooding and even tornadoes in Athens, Ohio, to West Virginia University fans at the Final Four in Indianapolis. Days after that road trip, I was in Raleigh County, covering the tragic Upper Big Branch mine disaster that killed 29 men. In March 2010, morning photographer Chad Hypes and I won a West Virginia Broadcasters Association award for Best Spot News coverage on a fatal, fiery crash on the interstate days before Christmas. We won a breaking news award from The Associated Press for the same story.

In September 2010, I got the chance to move back to my hometown of Huntington. I work out of the downtown Huntington office to cover anything and everything in the Tri-State area. In my spare time, I love to travel. I have been to Spain, Panama, Dominican Republic and Jamaica. I also like trying out new recipes, reading, cheering on the Herd and the Steelers, working with the American Heart Association and spending every free second with my family and friends. My husband Jon and I welcomed our first baby, Avaleen Rose, in October 2012. She also has a "fur brother," Tron. Seeing her sweet little smile is the best part of our day!

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