Haley Bull - Hired at WFTS
Haley Bull is an Emmy-nominated reporter at WFTS in Tampa, Florida. She came to Tampa from WXIN in Indianapolis, Indiana. Haley has honed her passion of storytelling. She is helping to change the face of the opioid crisis in Indy by personalizing and putting real faces to the devastating addiction, as well as shining a light on its effects in hopes of saving lives. Haley has also done some digging into local carcinogen contamination and its possible link to pediatric cancer. Her heart-warming stories have been told through the eyes the littlest victims of this dreaded disease. All, in an effort, to help parents change legislation to ban toxic substances. And speaking of children, Haley is also shining a light on youth violence, working with teen groups to clean up the streets. Her hard work on a series piece called “Indy Unsolved” did not go unnoticed. That piece was nominated for an Emmy in the "Crime-News Single Story/Series" category.
But her passion for telling people’s stories was formed a long time ago. Haley graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in Government and Politics and Broadcast Journalism. Haley contributed to the school’s online lifestyle magazine and reported for the Capitol News Service. There she garnered her second award, winning a regional student Emmy. She was a member of UMD's varsity swim team and started swimming competitively at 8 years old. Haley was a three-time high school All-American and a proud Terrapin athlete! And if that doesn’t give you an indication of her “can do” mentality, Haley interned for the CBS Evening News and the Political Unit in the Washington bureau during that time. While at CBS, she was honored to cover the Presidential Inauguration. When asked what that stint at CBS did for her, she said, “I couldn’t pull myself away from watching Bob Orr and Wyatt Andrews, as well as all of the senior producers. It was amazing to research and gather info on the key battleground states and compile information on the possible vice- presidential picks.” She was truly blessed to be able to learn from these people putting together a show that she deeply admired.
Haley landed her first job at KFDM in Beaumont, TX., going from MMJ to Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter. One very cold November morning she found herself trekking deep in the woods into a homeless camp and settling in with the people that had made a home there. Even though one man described it as hell and despite the despair, they all had a sense of hope. Their ability to see light in such a dark place inspired her to lend a voice to the voiceless.