Kay McCabe is a Reporter/Fill-In Anchor at WAKA in Montgomery, Alabama. While Kay is originally from Atlanta, GA, her mother’s government career afforded her the amazing opportunity to live in over eight states during her childhood. Throughout high school, Kay had a passion for acting and embodying characters. Though, in college, her passion merged into storytelling, where she found herself in front of the camera in a different way.
Sports was the inspiration to change her major. After playing basketball for 11 years, Kay went to the University of Tennessee, where she majored in Journalism & Electronic Media with a concentration in Sports Broadcasting. Kay was able to tell the story of many athletes at UT before her journey took her to the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the summer of 2019. After interning with ESPNU, SECN, and a local television station in Knoxville, the NBA was an all-time high milestone met for her. Kay was the first intern of 60 to be chosen that summer and worked for their content department in their Secaucus, NJ office. While there, Kay worked many WNBA games, contributed to projects for the summer league, and after impressing her boss, she was able to conduct one-on-one interviews with the top draft picks at the 2019 NBA Draft. What a summer it was for her! She then returned to UT where she earned her degree in May 2020.
Kay is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Kay is also a part of ESPN's Lachina Robinson's "Rising Media Stars" where she is mentored on sports reporting by Lachina Robinson and Kevin Nixon.
Kay credits her mom, sister, and nephew for her journey. She says her mom is the strongest woman she knows. Fearless is how Kay describes her. As a single mother and veteran, she made sacrifices of working in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, and others, away from her family to ensure her kids would have a better life. She is independent and hard-working and is the reason Kay is who she is today. Kay's sister is someone she has always looked up to. Someone who is strong and has shown that you can make it through any storm. Being two years older than Kay, she always made sure Kay was on the right path and even made sacrifices to ensure Kay was following her dreams. And for that, Kay is eternally grateful. Kay has the sweetest nephew, who is now three years old! Her nephew is truly a fighter. Being born at 25 weeks, her nephew was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and that changed Kay's life. With a nephew with disabilities, she learned to appreciate the little things in life, and to always consider other people's situations, because simply you never know what someone else is going through.
Kay’s strong background and wealth of experiences give her the determination to work hard and serve others in newsrooms across the country.