Meet Iyani Hughes
Iyani Hughes joined the WTVY Team as a Multi-Media Journalist and Producer in November 2017. Born at a military hospital in Aurora, Colorado, her family moved to Birmingham, AL when she was a mere four weeks old. She attended private school in Mountain Brook, AL before her family settled in Chelsea, AL where she matriculated through the public school system.
Iyani played her first soccer game with the YMCA at age four. During her 18 year soccer career, she helped her travel team (Birmingham United) win six state championships and was a member of the Olympic Development Program where she played for the State of AL. In 2015, she was the inaugural inductee to the Chelsea High School, Soccer Hall of Fame. She then accepted a soccer scholarship to attend Kennesaw State University, in North Atlanta, GA.
In December 2015, she graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication with a concentration in Media Studies. During her time in Atlanta, she was a member of the Atlanta Braves Tomahawk Team, a College Soccer Game day Commentator for ESPN3 and a Digital Content News Producer Trainee at CBS46/WGCL-TV Atlanta.
Iyani has a passion for storytelling, philanthropy, service and volunteer work. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as well as the National Association of Black Journalists. During her free time, she enjoys traveling abroad, finding creative ways to exercise, designing clothes, socializing with friends and family as well as exploring new restaurants.
A personable, outgoing and driven journalist, Iyani lives by the quote “aspire to inspire”. Her hope is that she is an inspiration, role model and friend to young people who are pursuing their dreams.