Maryland native and award-winning journalist Marlisa Goldsmith is making her mark on Pittsburgh’s WPXI Channel 11 News.
“Being in Pittsburgh is exciting! It’s an interesting city and I’m enjoying myself here,” Goldsmith said. “Especially the people… It’s a bigger market here in comparison to Little Rock, and the people of Pittsburgh have truly embraced me.”
Goldsmith officially went live on the air as WPXI’s newest African American anchor/reporter four months ago.
“WPXI has truly welcomed me, and it’s nice to work in an environment where I’ve been received not only by my fellow team members and co-workers of WPXI but also by the people within the city. It’s been nice to be in the midst of so much support, and to being told that I’m impacting Pittsburgh by being a young woman of color on the air touches my heart. I’m just so thankful,” Goldsmith said.
She attended school at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She began her career in Abilene, Texas, where she was an evening reporter for KRBC. She later moved to Little Rock, Ark., to report and anchor for THV11, CBS affiliate. While at THV11, Goldsmith reported on a variety of crime, policy changes, and country ordinances and her stories won THV11 a regional Emmy Award.
“It’s funny because I actually fell into the world of broadcast journalism. Becoming a news anchor/reporter was never a childhood dream of mine. I went to college in pursuit of a degree in psychology and later shifted gears and decided to try something different after someone had made the suggestion to me. I realized psychology wasn’t my calling, and explored other options. I landed an internship with WPGC in radio with Big Tiger. And then a year later I was offered an internship with television broadcast KEYE in Austin, Texas, where I reported on hard news and sports,” Goldsmith said.
“I’m not one of those people that dreamed of doing this since they were 5 years old. I’ve always been noisy, love people, recording, and like to write. But I never saw myself having a career such as this,” she said.
A story that particularly stands out that she reported on for WPXI was the tragic deadly car accident in Point Breeze involving Brianna Slaughter. Goldsmith interviewed Slaughter’s father at his home where she conducted a difficult interview that left the room in tears. She said the interview she had planned transitioned into a heart to heart conversation.
Goldsmith has also had the opportunity to cover national news, and she is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
“Recently, myself and Brittny McGraw had the opportunity to connect with the young women of Gwen’s Girls and were able to talk with the women and take them for a tour through the WPXI studio. Brittny and I enjoyed the girls so much. I want everyone everywhere to know that you are not limited, and you can accomplish whatever you set out to do. Let someone else say, ‘No, don’t place limitations around your own life,’” Goldsmith concluded.
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