Who is Autria Godfrey?
Autria was born in the USA on 28 December 1984 under the zodiac sign of Capricorn and holds American nationality. She is best known for her career of an anchor and reporter, especially for the work which she has done with the WJLA TV station.
— Autria Godfrey (@ABC7Autria) July 17, 2017
Early life and education
Autria grew up in Texas in a middle-class veteran family but she did not share much about her parents or her siblings – it is only known that her father was battling cancer for the second time in 2015 as Autria showed her support on her Twitter account.
Autria’s home town was a very small place and the local high school which she attended had only around 90 students – after she matriculated, she enrolled at Texas A & M University, and graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She continued her education at the American University where she studied Broadcast Journalism – she was already quite active at that time, and was interested in debates about numerous topics, and was also a big contributor to the local newspapers.
During an interview in the “Good Morning Washington” show, Autria admitted that she began to hate journalism while she was studying it at her high school – she went to her advisor who apparently claimed that the only option she had left was broadcasting. It actually took only a couple of classes at her university for her to fall in love with this profession.
As soon as she was done with her studies, Autria began working as a weekend anchor and reporter, and so spent most of her time travelling, covering numerous events including the Country Music Awards held in Nashville. She soon began working as a co-anchor for the “Good Morning Charlottesville” show, and quickly got the job of a lead anchor. As she grew more popular, she wanted to progress in her career and therefore left the show and started working for Tribune Broadcasting as their Capitol Hill Correspondent. She quit that job in 2009 and received an opportunity to be an In-Game reporter for Washington Wizards National Basketball Association team in 2011. This was a period in her career during which she wanted to become a sports PR although she had no experience at all, but believed she would succeed at it. Her employers didn’t share her opinion but had found another job for her which included interviewing the audience and players during matches. During these years she also covered many important events including the rescue of Chilean miners and the mid-term elections in 2010 as a freelance news reporter.
Autria reported numerous events of importance such as the opening of George W. Bush Presidential Library, as well as the Washington Navy Yard shooting – she was there to cover the Virginia Tech shooting, and Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Williamsburg. In 2011, she began working for WJLA station as their news anchor of “Good Morning Washington” show, and their “ABC7 News at Noon” show. She won an Emmy Award for her success in the field of broadcasting, which helped make her even more popular in the TV broadcasting industry.
WJLA-TV is yet another ABC affiliated TV station based in Washington D.C. – it is the main station of the Allbritton Communications Company. Its tower is located in the Tenleytown part of Washington and shared with WUSA station.
The station began broadcasting for the first time on 3 October 1947 and was called TWVW and owned by Washington Star – it was the first Band III VHF station in the US and it soon changed its name to WMAL-TV. After ABC purchased the station in March 1977, they renamed it to the name it carries today – WJLA-TV. It was the second TV station in Washington after WUSA to broadcast high definition newscasts.
Personal life and marriage(s)
Autria thought she was marrying the love of her life when she exchanged vows with Scott Thurman, who worked as an anchor as well. They met at the very beginning of Autria’s career and had been dating for years before deciding to marry in 2008 – their marriage lasted for four years as they divorced in February 2012. One year after, Autria was offered a place of a lead anchor for the “Good Morning Washington” show, which used to be her ex-husband’s position.
It took a while before Autria found love again, but did so with Paul Lindsay who is an American exceptionalist – their wedding was held at the Dumbarton House in Washington on 3 June 2017.
Problems with the law
Even though this is not something to be expected from a TV personality such as Autria, she was once arrested for public intoxication and trespassing – the police picked her up after someone reported her for getting into a fight in a bar in February 2017. She was told to leave the place but was so persistent and came back inside after spending couple of minutes outside – policemen had no other choice but to arrest her. The incident could’ve cost Autria her career, but she was only taken off air for a couple of days. When asked to comment about Autria’s arrest, the WJLA’s community relations director Shamia Holloway said that the station doesn’t comment on personnel or their personal issues.
Autria’s perfect day
When asked how her perfect day would look like, Autria explained that it would be a day spent sleeping, but then added how she loves to go hiking and paddle boarding, while she would also love to visit Barcelona – as long as she is outside and the weather is good, it is a perfect day for her. Autria is also a very good tap dancer as she practiced it a lot during her days in high school.
Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge
Whoever said that you cannot have fun working the morning show was very wrong – Autria and her co-anchor Jummy Olabanji were challenged to do the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge” and they did it live during the “Good Morning Washington” show on 22 August, 2014.
Appearance and net worth
Autria is currently 34 years old. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, but her height and weight are not known.
According to authoritative sources, Autria’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million as of early 2019, and is likely to rise as the popular anchor is still very active.
Social media presence
It is quite normal to expect Autria to be very active on all the popular social media platforms – she launched her Twitter account in June 2010 and has so far gathered over 6,000 followers and tweeted more than 5,500 times. Her Instagram account is followed by nearly 2,100 people while she’s posted around 160 pictures, but she uses it mostly to keep in touch with her family – she has a Facebook page as well, with nearly 5,000 fans.