Riley Wyant joined the NBC29 team in January of 2020, just weeks before the coronavirus pandemic struck Virginia.
She immediately immersed herself in COVID-19 and racial inequity coverage across the region. She attended many protests, investigated large outbreaks in Charlottesville nursing homes, and gave a voice to the voiceless beyond the prison walls of Fluvanna's Correctional Center for Women at the peak of the virus.
Riley prides herself on being versatile and a "jack-of-all-trades." She is well-versed in sports reporting, weather forecasting, and anchoring, in addition to news reporting. This explains why viewers often see her in many different roles on NBC29.
She graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2019 with a degree in multimedia journalism, a minor in political science, and a concentration in sports media and analytics. Fun Fact: Riley may look graceful on TV, but after breaking 7 bones in a bad accident weeks prior to college graduation, she had to hop across the stage on crutches.
At Virginia Tech, Riley interned with WFXR in Roanoke and spent time on the sideline as a student reporter for ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra.
She also loved giving campus tours as a Hokie ambassador, covering games with 3304 Sports, and even helped launch a brand-new chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media. Riley was also a dancer with the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and a sister of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Riley grew up in the small charming town of Clifton, Virginia not too far from Washington D.C., where she thrived cheering on the Caps at Capital One Arena.
Outside of the newsroom, she enjoys spending weekends at Lake Anna wakeboarding and jet skiing with her three younger brothers.
Even though she is a Hokie at heart, Riley has quickly fallen in love with Charlottesville and can't picture being anywhere else!
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