2013 Gala Host
Shaunya Chavis, an Emmy Award winning television journalist, is currently a daily on-air contributor for the WXIA-TV morning show and fill-in host for Atlanta & Company on the NBC affiliate 11ALIVE. She also served as the principal Host and Executive Producer for Atlanta’s only entertainment news-magazine show, The Chat Room, which launched on WXIA-TV in May, 2011. The show, currently on hiatus, is produced by her television production company, Media Miracles, Inc. Shaunya is also the principal anchor for the news-magazine program called Fulton Today on FGTV (Fulton Government Television) in Atlanta and a freelance host for Georgia Public Broadcasting.
She has had a distinguished career in television news and has served as Anchor and Reporter in several network-affiliate television stations in the country. These include Macon, Myrtle Beach, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Atlanta. She was also the weekend anchor and principal weekday fill-in anchor at the number one station in the southeast, WSB-TV.
The Clayton County native is the recipient of several industry awards, including a number of regional Emmys. She is a member of numerous industry and civic organizations, including the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
She has served as media trainer for various law enforcement agencies, and the Atlanta Hawks. She is often asked to serve as keynote speaker for community, church, and industry events. Shaunya is a member of the Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral and volunteers in its Media Ministry.
Shaunya is a 1988 graduate of the University of West Georgia where she majored in Mass Communications and was crowned 1987 Homecoming Queen. She was honored as the recipient of UWG’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the Alumni Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award presented by Mass Communications.