Olivia Bailey is a native and advocate for her home in southwest Virginia. Olivia is a 2010 graduate of Chilhowie High School. She went on to graduate from Emory & Henry College in 2014 with degrees in both mass communications and public policy & community service.
Olivia learned her trade through an internship with WCYB while in college. She went on to spend time at CNN Newsource and the CNN Wire in Atlanta in 2013. There, Olivia met her mentor, Jason Meucci, who played a critical role beyond CNN in her love and appreciation for local news and its value to the community.
In 2014, Olivia also served with a team at CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. While in New York City, Olivia worked directly with Anthony Mason’s producing team. From day-to-day, she collected facts and logged interviews related to the stories of the day. She also led social media accounts for Mason during CBS This Morning Saturday.
Olivia came back to Bristol to join the WCYB team full-time. She continues to work just about every job in the newsroom during her time from running the teleprompter to now working as a full-time morning anchor for News 5 Today. She consistently is out in the field bringing northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia reports that matter most to their communities.
In her spare time, Olivia serves as a Tennessee Achieves mentor for high school students entering their first year of college through the Tennessee Promise program. She is entering her second year equipping students at Sullivan East High School with skills necessary to succeed in their higher education initiatives.
She is also a volunteer coach and site liaison at Boones Creek Elementary School for the Girls on the Run program, a physical activity-based positive youth development program. Olivia coaches on self-confidence and positive behaviors among 3rd-5th grade girls.
Olivia also supports the Distinguished Women of Southwest Virginia program, a national scholarship opportunity promoting the full potential for high-school girls.
Olivia is married to Jimmy with two dogs, Sasha and Henry. She is also the number one supporter of her younger siblings: Jordan, Rachel, and Isabella.