Maira Ansari joined WAVE 3 News in February 2007 as a general assignment reporter and anchoredWAVE 3 News Sunriseon weekends for several months. Maira now reports during the week and anchors WAVE 3 News at 6 and 11 p.m.on Saturdays and Sundays.
Maira is thrilled to call Kentucky her home. Previously, Maira lived in Illinois her entire life and grew up in a small town in southern Illinois.
Before moving to Louisville, Maira worked as the morning and midday anchor at WICD NewsChannel 15 in Champaign, IL. She enjoyed participating in community service activities while spending time in east-central Illinois. Maira worked with the American Diabetes Association, the Girl Scouts and even participated in a corn eating contest!
Maira started her television career in Springfield, IL where she was the city beat reporter. Before that, she was an intern at WCIA, the CBS affiliate in Springfield. During her college career, Maira got a taste of what television journalism is all about -- everything from working in her college newsroom to interning in Los Angeles at the entertainment news magazine show EXTRA and traveling abroad to study television in London, England. It was a fantastic experience that she says she was thrilled to enjoy.
Maira graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. She earned her bachelors degree in the university's top-rated radio/television program. She also received a minor in marketing and speech communications. In 2002, Maira received her master's degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Maira has traveled to more than 12 countries and speaks several different languages. She enjoys culture, great food and fantastic friends, but, most of all, she enjoys spending time with her cat PhiPhi.
Sunday, March 2 2014 11:09 PM EST2014-03-03 04:09:53 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Hundreds of additional resources have been brought in to assist LG&E due to the threat of power outages. Crews from Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Tennessee were rolling intoMore >>
Crews from Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Tennessee were rolling into the LG&E Auburndale Operations Center throughout the day Sunday.More >>
Thursday, February 27 2014 5:48 PM EST2014-02-27 22:48:58 GMT
JEFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A warrant has been issued for a woman's arrest after police said she took off during her trial. Police are searching for Jeannie Marie Hess, 39, who police also said goes byMore >>
A warrant has been issued for a woman accused of taking off while a jury deliberated her case.More >>
Thursday, February 27 2014 6:05 AM EST2014-02-27 11:05:51 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The way you and your family spend your summer this year will soon be changing. We're just months away from the big opening of Kentucky Kingdom. "We're getting ready to set the foundationMore >>
The way you and your family spend your summer this year could soon change. With 20 new rides and attractions, WAVE 3 News got a peak at the progress that's being made at Kentucky Kingdom just months away from the big opening.More >>
Tuesday, February 18 2014 5:51 PM EST2014-02-18 22:51:58 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - What do the Olympics and Churchill Downs have in common? The answer is food, or more specifically, the man behind the food. David Danielson, executive chef for Churchill Downs,More >>
What do the Olympics and Churchill Downs have in common? The answer is food, or more specifically, the man behind the food.More >>
Monday, February 17 2014 6:05 PM EST2014-02-17 23:05:37 GMT
NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - A mother who lost three of her children in a fire continued to spend every second in the hospital with her one surviving child as two of the teenagers connected to the arson facedMore >>
A mother who lost three of her children in a fire continued to spend every second in the hospital with her one surviving child as two of the teenagers connected to the arson faced a judge on Monday.More >>
Friday, February 14 2014 5:27 PM EST2014-02-14 22:27:08 GMT
LOUISIVLLE, KY (WAVE) - There is no better day to talk about love and compassion than Valentine's day. Louisville is known as a "compassionate city" but, what does that really mean? Two social workersMore >>
Louisville is known as a compassionate city, but what does that really mean? Two social workers with the University of Louisville are trying to figure that out.More >>
Tuesday, February 11 2014 5:59 AM EST2014-02-11 10:59:30 GMT
LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) – In the not too distant future, watching games at Rupp Arena is going to look totally different. The facility will soon be modernized as a state of the art center. The future of RuppMore >>
In the not too distant future, watching games at Rupp Arena is going to look totally different. The facility will soon be modernized as a state of the art center.More >>
Wednesday, February 5 2014 11:22 PM EST2014-02-06 04:22:22 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - While Wednesday's ice storm knocked out power for some, the ice also knocked down many trees around Kentuckiana. Before dawn Wednesday morning, a tree came crashing through an apartmentMore >>
A Louisville photographer saw the ice as a rare opportunity, but what a winter storm makes beautiful can be a pain for others.More >>
Monday, February 3 2014 6:27 PM EST2014-02-03 23:27:21 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Jefferson County Public School officials are keeping their fingers crossed that there won't be any more snow days. That might be tough with the weather that's headed our way. JCPSMore >>
Monday was the sixth snow day for JCPS students. With snow days piling up the district is considering adding classes on two days currently scheduled off for students.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 8:36 AM EST2014-03-06 13:36:55 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 24-year-old stepbrother of University of Louisville basketball player Chris Jones was shot and killed Saturday in their hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. According to UofL officials,More >>
According to UofL officials, Demetrius Ray was shot in the driveway of his home around 1 p.m. CST Saturday, just after tip-off of the UofL vs. Memphis game about ten miles away at the FedEx Forum where Jones was about to play ball.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:01 AM EST2014-03-06 09:01:07 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The opening act for the Kentucky State Fair was released Wednesday. Special guest Billy Currington will join Lady Antebellum on stage Thursday, August 14 to kick off the KentuckyMore >>
Lady Antebellum will kick off the Main Stage Concert Series at the 2014 Kentucky State Fair on August 14.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 11:31 PM EST2014-03-06 04:31:02 GMT
SPENCER COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky is a state known for loving its horses so it's unimaginable that one would be shot to death for no reason, but that might be what happened in one local community. It isMore >>
Kentucky is a state known for loving its horses so it's unimaginable that one would be shot to death for no reason, but that might be what happened in one local community.More >>
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