Leah Uko Biography
Leah Uko is an American journalist working as a reporter for NBC 10 Philadelphia. She has built her craft from 10 years of experience working at different media stations. Uko has worked for WCIV, KTTV, KARK 4, and WLTZ. Before becoming a journalist, Uko was a successful bodybuilder. She is the wife of Henry Jackson an IFBB Pro Body Builder.
Leah Uko Age and Husband
Leah was born on 26th July 1987/8 in Los Angeles. She comes from a big African American family with which she maintains a close relationship. From her family, she learned the value of discipline and hard work. These values contributed to the decisions she made as she grew up. On April 22, 2020, Leah got married to Henry Jackson, a heavy-weight bodybuilder.
Leah Uko Mental Health
Growing up Leah had an interest in bodybuilding and journalism. She competed at several bodybuilding tournaments and won some. Balancing reporting and her passion for bodybuilding, however, was difficult. She went through traumatic experiences that affected her mental health. As a young journalist, she experienced racism, a harmful work environment, low pay, and incompetent managers. All these ate up her mental health forcing her to binge eat for almost 6 years. She gained over 55 pounds.
Her personal trainer Henry Jack, who later became her husband, helped her through the healing process. She taught her to feel her feelings and grow from them. Since then, Leah has been on a journey to complete recovery. She has been a guest at several shows explaining her journey and helping others going through the same.
Leah Uko Education
Leah is living the life she always desired. However, it was not always so. She came from a tough neighborhood where drugs and crime were the order of the day. She had to maneuver through these challenges to make something out of herself. Despite these challenges, she came out successful. Uko went to the University of California Riverside where she studied communications and journalism.
Leah Uko Career
She started her career as a reporter and producer for Torrance CitiCable 3 where she delivered on-air standup and filled in for anchors on leave. The company also tasked her with writing compelling and understandable stories with credible sources. After 5 months, she left the station to join LA City 36 as a General Assignment Reporter who researched stories, did weekly newscasts, and interviewed eye-witness to incidents. In this experience, she learned to shoot n a Panasonic P2 Camera.
Uko later joined KAGS NBC News as a video journalist responsible for pitching, shooting, and writing stories for 6 and 10 pm shows. She worked there for two years before joining FOX 42 as a video journalist. Uko worked at Fox for 2 years and later joined KARK 4 as a reporter who researched lead-worthy news and produced web content for stations affiliated with the network. A year later she became an evening anchor/producer and reporter for WLTX and The CW for another year. In 2020, Leah got a full-time job at WCIV as an anchor for Good Morning Charleston. She left there after 2 years to join NBC University as a nightside reporter.
Her experience as a journalist has been one of the monumental experiences as she has covered stories getting the nation’s interest. She has covered instances of workplace racism, crime in society, and elections. Leah has had the privilege of interviewing Senator Holly J. Mitchell and covering the award-winning story of the life and death of famous rapper the late Nipsey Hussle. She did a story on a corrupt city council official in Omaha accused of spending campaign money on gambling.
Leah Uko Salary, Height, and Weight
When she is not working she contributes to the community by speaking about the importance of mental health. She is also part of the National Association of Black Journalists. Leah’s journey has been difficult but she had managed to triumph over it. She is now an influence on others. Leah now lives a decent lifestyle with her husband Henry. She makes an annual salary of approximately $65,000. Being a body builder, her height is mostly asked. Leah Uko is 5 feet and 5 inches and weighs approximately 150lbs.