Maira Ansari joined WAVE 3 in February 2007 as a general assignment reporter, and anchored the weekend Sunrise show for several months. You can see her reporting through the week and during the weekend, anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.
She's thrilled to call Kentucky her new home. Maira has 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. Maira enjoyed participating in community service while spending time in east-central Illinois. Everything from the American Diabetes Association, to the Girl Scouts, to participating in a corn eating contest!
Maira started her television career off 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 was all about. Everything from working in her college newsroom, to interning in Los Angeles, California at the entertainment new 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 the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. She got her Bachelors in the 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 also traveled to more than 12 countries and speaks several different languages. She enjoys culture, great food, and fantastic friends! But, most of all, spending time with her cat PhiPhi.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 6:14 PM EDT2013-06-18 22:14:30 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) - A Kentucky State Police spokesman says it appears more than one person was involved in the ambush slaying of a Bardstown police officer. State police Master Trooper Norman ChaffinsMore >>
Master Trooper Norman Chaffins of the KSP Elizabethtown post said Tuesday that based on circumstances, investigators believe more than one person had a hand in the slaying of Officer Jason Ellis. That's something that doesn't surprise the chief of Ellis' department.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 7:00 PM EDT2013-06-17 23:00:49 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The new downtown bridge comes with a major traffic disruption. The first noticeable adjustment is scheduled to happen July 8. The ramp from Interstate 64 east to Interstate 65More >>
The first noticeable adjustment is scheduled to happen July 8 when the ramp from Interstate 64 east to Interstate 65 south will close for nearly three years.More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-06-12 22:52:57 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Four Butler High School grads are at University Hospital recovering after being in a plane crash. The pilot, Cody Goodan, is in serious condition along with two other passengersMore >>
The rental Cessna plane, number N118JD, registered to Cardinal Wings Aviation, went down Tuesday night around 10:30 at Seneca Golf Course next to Bowman Field.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 7:35 PM EDT2013-06-10 23:35:11 GMT
CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A bizarre story has police and a prosecutor stunned. A man turned himself in to authorities, after a warrant was out for his arrest for a child molestation charge. Daniel BrackinMore >>
A bizarre story has police and a prosecutor stunned. A man turned himself in to authorities, after a warrant was out for his arrest for a child molestation charge. Daniel Brackin is accused of sucking on a 12-year-old girl's toes. More >>
Tuesday, June 4 2013 7:19 PM EDT2013-06-04 23:19:53 GMT
DAISY HILL, IN (WAVE) - The death toll climbs to 18 as search crews recovered more bodies after an outbreak of tornadoes tore through the Oklahoma City area on May 31st. The devastation there, is somethingMore >>
The devastation in Oklahoma is something many in WAVE Country can relate to. In Washington County, Indiana, a group of teens knew they had to do something to help the victims. Instead of spending their summer like a lot of teens do, they are passing the kindness they've seen over the year and helping out others.More >>
Monday, June 3 2013 7:04 PM EDT2013-06-03 23:04:33 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – During a week when the Metro experienced some of the warmest days we've had in 2013, Louisville Metro Police say four children were left home alone without food, running water,More >>
Louisville Metro Police say Jennifer Nunnally left her four children in an apartment on West Magazine Street while temperatures outside climbed near 90 degrees.More >>
Wednesday, May 29 2013 5:36 PM EDT2013-05-29 21:36:14 GMT
HARDIN COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Troopers suspect foul play in the death of a woman whose body was found Wednesday morning along a stretch of northbound Interstate 65 in Hardin County. According to KentuckyMore >>
According to Kentucky State Police, a mowing crew discovered the body around 9:45 a.m. in a grassy area near mile marker 99 south of Highway 313/Joe Prather Highway.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:06 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:06:50 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The name of the woman killed in a crash Tuesday night between a motorcycle and a car has been released. The coroner's office said Stacey R. Allen, 48, died from multiple injuriesMore >>
The crash happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday at Bluegrass Avenue and Taylor Boulevard when a car making a left turn struck a motorcycle.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:29 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:29:19 GMT
NEW WEST MINISTER, CANADA (WAVE) - A second grader with a disability was seemingly shunned during a class picture. For Anne Belanger, the photo was completely unacceptable. Her son, Miles, was pushedMore >>
A second grader with a disability was seemingly shunned during a photo shoot at his elementary school.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:46 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:46:12 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One person was killed in a crash along I-65 in Bullitt County near the 110 mile marker. The accident occurred overnight. According to police, the driver was heading south whenMore >>
One person was killed in a crash along I-65 in Bullitt County near the 110 mile marker.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:04 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:04:41 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Former Roman Catholic priest James Schook did not appear before a judge Wednesday as expected. Instead, an attorney for Schook said the stage four skin cancer patient was in hisMore >>
James Schook did not appear before a judge Wednesday as expected. Instead, an attorney for the former Roman Catholic priest said the stage four skin cancer patient was in his final days of life, and thus incompetent to stand trial.More >>