Alyssa Rae

Noon Anchor / Special Projects & Investigative Reporter

Alyssa Rae grew up in Roanoke and graduated from Virginia Tech. An avid sports fan, she spent her first 8 years in TV as a sports anchor and reporter.

After interning and reporting sports part-time for WSLS, she started her career in Beckley, West Virginia serving as Sports Director. Covering local sports and hosting the Friday night football show, SportsZone, earned her Best Sportscast honors from the West Virginia Broadcasters Association in 2014.

She returned to her hometown and began working for WSLS in 2015, expanding her high school coverage to college sports. Covering her alma mater, Virginia Tech, was the highlight of her stint as Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter, particularly reporting on bowl games and the ACC and NCAA basketball tournaments. Alongside John Appicello and Eric Johnson, the 10 Sports team won back-to-back honors in 2016 and 2017 from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters for Best Sports Operation.

In 2019, Alyssa moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to serve as a Sports Anchor/Reporter in the triangle. She hosted an NFL show covering the Carolina Panthers called the "Black and Blue Huddle." Between the Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, and ACC schools including UNC, Duke and NC State, Alyssa stayed busy. Her work covering primarily hockey, football and basketball earned her 2021 Sportscaster of the Year from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC). 

Helping people and storytelling have always been her passion. In late 2021, she returned home to Roanoke and WSLS to switch gears to start reporting news. Now, she gets to talk about a number of issues impacting the community. Though her on-air niche has changed, you can still catch her in her free time watching sports, running or spending time with friends and family.