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 4:30-7:00AM.
Lynna brings to the job, her 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 received Associated Press awards for Best News Writing and Feature Reporting. She has also won Emmy Awards for Best Spot News Reporting, and for her anchoring and reporting roles on Channel 3 News. She also earned an Emmy nomination for investigative 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.