Leyla Gulen joins FOX24 and the ABC News 4 team as our 10p news anchor.
Before landing in Charleston, Leyla was the morning traffic/weather anchor and feature reporter for KGO-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Francisco, where she helped viewers navigate around millions of commuters every day. During her tenure there she covered many major stories, including two transit strikes that crippled the commute for hundreds of thousands of Bay Area mass transit riders, the Bay Bridge closure and opening of the new span, and the newly constructed tunnels connecting San Francisco and the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Before joining KGO-TV, Leyla worked as a freelance traffic anchor and reporter for KCBS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles, her hometown.
A graduate of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School with a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism, Leyla was always kept on her toesin a different way. For nearly 20 years, she was a ballet dancer, having trained at the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City. Before being accepted into their yearly program at 16, Leyla trained at other intensive ballet programs including the Joffrey Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet.
In her spare time, her passion is to travel and explore different cultures. And, having grown up in the restaurant industry, she celebrates the culinary arts and has a deep appreciation for the industry.
Leyla is proud to be part of the Lowcountry. Its warm spirit, rich history and beautiful surroundings make it a unique and special place to call home.
She also likes making new friends, so feel free to contact her via Twitter and Facebook. If you have a story you want to pitch, she's always looking to learn something new.