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.
Thursday, July 11 2013 7:19 AM EDT2013-07-11 11:19:15 GMT
PROSPECT, KY (WAVE) - It took decades to make a decision, but the landscape in Louisville and southern Indiana is changing now to make way for the East End Bridge. It was August 2012 when the shovelsMore >>
Trees on both sides of the river are coming down and being shredded. Several homes have also come down as part of the project that will carve a path from Prospect to Utica.More >>
Thursday, July 11 2013 7:16 AM EDT2013-07-11 11:16:03 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The face of downtown Louisville will be changing soon. Officials with the Ohio River Bridges Project said on Wednesday that construction on the new downtown bridge is expected toMore >>
The new downtown bridge is scheduled to open in April 2016 –18 months earlier than originally expected.More >>
Wednesday, October 10 2012 8:31 PM EDT2012-10-11 00:31:47 GMT
OLDHAM COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - More trouble for a former Oldham County Police Officer charged with sending sexually explicit messages to a teenager. WAVE 3 has learned Officer Shane Mosley is facing new chargesMore >>
A former Oldham County police officer charged with sending sexually explicit messages to a teenager is facing new charges on an unrelated case. More >>
Monday, July 2 2012 6:25 PM EDT2012-07-02 22:25:53 GMT
MT. WASHINGTON, KY (WAVE) - A meth lab explosion sent two people to the hospital and one man behind bars. It happened at an apartment off Main Street in Mt. Washington early Sunday morning. Two personsMore >>
A meth lab explosion sent two people to the hospital and one man behind bars. It happened at an apartment off Main Street in Mt. Washington early Sunday morning.More >>
Wednesday, June 20 2012 4:38 PM EDT2012-06-20 20:38:37 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Efforts to build two new bridges linking the Louisville area and southern Indiana have cleared another hurdle by winning federal approval to proceed with construction of the $2.6More >>
Efforts to build two new bridges linking the Louisville area and southern Indiana have cleared another hurdle by winning federal approval to proceed with construction of the $2.6 billion project.More >>
Tuesday, June 19 2012 6:48 PM EDT2012-06-19 22:48:26 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An 8-month-old who died after being left in a hot car has been identified as Lincoln Lindsay. The coroner says Lindsay was in the car for several hours at his father's workplaceMore >>
Children's bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults. More >>
Wednesday, June 13 2012 4:04 PM EDT2012-06-13 20:04:02 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 17-year-old died in a tragic accident over the weekend and the community is coming together to remember him. Dakota Pitzer died in a freak rollover accident on Interstate 71More >>
17-year-old Dakota Pitzer died in a freak rollover accident on Interstate 71 on Saturday.More >>
Tuesday, June 5 2012 5:56 PM EDT2012-06-05 21:56:31 GMT
SPARTA, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky Speedway is hoping for a second chance. After last years fiasco at it's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Race, millions of dollars have been spent on improvements to make a betterMore >>
After last years fiasco at it's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Race, millions of dollars have been spent on improvements to make a better impression this year.More >>
Monday, June 4 2012 6:40 PM EDT2012-06-04 22:40:22 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Shocking allegations against Louisville doctor who police say was writing fake prescriptions and trafficking a controlled substance. An emotional Dr. Kari Nally came before a judgeMore >>
An emotional Dr. Kari Nally came before a judge Monday, after spending the weekend behind bars at Metro Corrections.More >>
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 12:36 AM EST2013-12-10 05:36:37 GMT
NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Firefighters are working to put out a fire that started in a New Albany business. According to New Albany dispatchers, they received a call about the fire at Sam's Food and Spirits,More >>
According to New Albany dispatchers, they received a call about the fire at Sam's Food and Spirits, located in the 3800 block of Payne Koehler Road, just before midnight on Monday.More >>