Kyla L. Wright is a Graduate Student at Syracuse University studying Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism on the Sports Communications Track. Born and raised in Detroit, Kyla received opportunities to be a spokesperson for many organizations that she was a part of – which is how she discovered her passion for writing and public speaking.
Wright has traveled North America, Europe and Asia through a combination of journalism, ambassadorships and advocacy. Her speeches, keynotes and panels include visits to the Beijing Institute of Technology, the US Supreme Court, Hampton University, the Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan, Detroit-area middle and high schools, the Midnight Golf Program and Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan. Kyla’s speeches and research has focused on sexual assault awareness, college preparation, the importance of HBCUs and international travel among the African American community.
Wright has been recognized around the country for her journalistic and leadership works. In 2018, she was awarded the Betty Endicott Journalism Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – the Emmys – in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Wright has received many academic accolades and been inducted into three collegiate honor societies: Kappa Tau Alpha, Golden Key International and Phi Eta Sigma, where she is a Charter Member. She is the first recipient of the Motown Rising Star Award through the Motown Museum’s Educational Initiative: Motown.EDU. Kyla has also received numerous local community service awards.
Wright is a 2019 graduate of Hampton University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was a part of the inaugural class of the Rhoden Fellowship through ESPN. As a fellow, Kyla produced multimedia written and video content for ESPN’s the Undefeated as well as co-hosted HBCU 468, a podcast on ESPN Radio. In her undergraduate years, Wright also served as a NASA Intern and active participant in the National Association of Black Journalists, Student Government and campus-wide scholarship pageants such as Miss Black and Gold and Miss Hampton University.
As she’s getting acclimated to graduate life, Wright is a Graduate Assistant in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications for the Sports Media Center as well as a web editor for the Newhouse Communications Center. In her free time, Kyla blogs and produces her YouTube talk show, Kyla’s Korner.
Upon graduation, Kyla will be interning at NBC Sports in the digital editorial department. Kyla’s goal is to work as a sports and entertainment reporter, eventually creating her own nationally-syndicated platform.
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"Kyla is a young visionary that takes her role as a leader seriously. Kyla has met and will continue to meet any challenge head on and figures a plan for addressing whatever issue arises."
— Shelita Richmond, Urban League of Detroit and SE MI