Kala Rama ’05

Kala Rama ’05

The Life of a Reporter
Kala Rama ’05 was on the pre-med track at Fairfield University and completing a hospital internship, when she made a discovery: She really enjoyed interacting with patients each day.

The broken bones? Not so much.

“I connected with the people, not the science behind it,” the former Trumbull resident said recently. “[Internships] really show you what life will be like in the future. I had to think about if this was what I wanted in life.” So she did a 180 degree turn: While still a full-time Fairfield student, she moved into her sister’s New York City apartment and took on two high-profile internships — one with MTV News and the other with E! Entertainment.

“I would frost cupcakes at night to pay the rent,” she said, laughing about a part-time gig at Magnolia Bakery that she paired with a stint at Equinox gym to cover her expenses. “I got a free gym membership, so — pretty cool!”

She had a gargantuan amount on her plate, but it did the trick. Rama realized she had a passion for educating people that has turned into an exciting career in television news, currently as morning anchor for PIX11 News in New York City.

She started with PIX11 in January, having moved from WABC, where she reported from the New York station on weekday mornings. Prior to joining WABC, Rama worked as an anchor and reporter in Orlando at WKMG, where she was nominated for several Emmy Awards. She has also worked in Charlotte, N.C. at WSOC and in Springfield, Mass. at WWLP, where she received an Associated Press award for breaking news.

“Kala comes to PIX11 with extensive experience as a hard-hitting journalist, both on the anchor desk and out in the field,” PIX11 News Director Amy Waldman said in announcing her hiring. “Her local roots and commitment to reporting on the topics that affect New Yorkers resonate with our viewers.”

Rama started her career soon after graduating from Fairfield, when New Haven’s WTNH recognized her tireless energy and determination and named the 22-year-old as assignment editor.

“A lot of people go to Rome and Tuscany for a vacation after graduation,” she said. “This is what I did.”

What makes her so passionate about news?

“You get such a rush,” said the communication and politics major. “You are the person people look to to know what’s going on. You’re the person who tries to get the answers.

“There’s a lot of value in that. You’re helpful.”

Rama has covered a number of memorable stories, from a massive explosion at the Blue Rhino propane plant in Orlando in 2013 to Florida’s notorious hurricanes.

“Your eyelashes were stuck to your forehead,” she said of the gale-force winds she endured while broadcasting.

One of her toughest stories to report was the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown in 2012. She was sent up to cover the story from Orlando because she was from the area, which made it doubly hard.

“I just love kids and, being from the area, it was very tough to do,” she said. “I don’t think you’re ever prepared for something like that.”

Rama’s career and personal life crossed a few years ago when she met her husband of two years, Anthony DiLorenzo, while at the Springfield station. The two are lucky to be able to work together again at PIX11, where he is a general assignment reporter. The pair live on New York’s Upper West Side.

The life of a journalist means a certain amount of sacrifice, Rama said. Reporters and anchors routinely work holidays and weekends and balancing life and work can be a challenge.

“My dream job would be to have a career and maintain it and to be a mom, too,” she said. “This job takes a lot of time and you have to love what you do because the news is always on.”