Leanna Scachetti joined the WDBJ7 team in July after spending two years anchoring and reporting for WJHG/WECP in Panama City Beach, FL.
There Leanna focused on many stories involving military veterans, the foster care system and politics. One of her stories helped a family of seven foster children find their forever family. She’s worked to give a voice to people who are rarely passed the microphone: inmates, the homeless, refugees, foster children, immigrants and those who don't speak English.
Prior to that, Leanna graduated from the University of Florida with honors where she studied Broadcast Journalism and minored in Spanish. While in Gainesville, Leanna worked at WUFT News as an anchor, reporter and producer for the PBS affiliate TV station and the NPR affiliate radio station.
She has earned multiple awards for her work, including several professional Florida AP awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow award and a grand prize from the National Broadcasting society.
When not at work Leanna likes to travel, visit state parks, practice yoga, learn phrases in foreign languages and sip coffee with friends. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks basic Brazilian Portuguese. Leanna is from Florida but is excited to explore her new home in Virginia!
Got a story idea? She'd love to hear it. You can reach her through email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.