Lynna Lai joined Channel 3 News in April 2012, anchoring the weekend evening newscasts and reporting on weeknights. She can now be seen anchoring with John Anderson on Channel 3 News Today, weekday mornings from 4:00-7:00AM.
Lynna brings to the job, years of broadcasting experience in major markets across the country. Her aggressive career pursuits began as a reporter at WMBD-TV in Peoria, Ill., which was quickly followed by a stint at KGW-TV in Portland, Ore. She then became the first Asian-American television reporter in Cleveland at WJW-TV, but left to pursue anchoring and reporting jobs at WTSP-TV in Tampa, Fla. and WSB-TV in Atlanta, Ga. She has also served as a freelance correspondent for ABC News and the BBC. Lynna returned to Cleveland television in 2001 as an anchor for WOIO-TV.
Recognized for her energetic personality and storytelling abilities, Lynna has won 5 Emmy Awards for Best Spot News Reporting, and for her anchoring and reporting roles on Channel 3 News, along with earning an Emmy nomination for her investigative reporting. She has also received 2 Associated Press awards for Best News Writing and Feature Reporting.
Lynna was born in Chicago and grew up in Louisiana, before her parents moved to Northeast Ohio. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where she was the recipient of the LSU Honor Scholarship and a National Merit Scholarship award.
She and her husband, Phil, live on the west side with their two daughters.