Nakell Williams is an award-winning journalist who joined WGXA in January 2018 as a lead anchor. She joined the team after working for WRIC-TV 8 in Richmond, VA as a multi-media journalist covering the Tri-Cities region including Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell.
While at WRIC, Nakell provided hard-hitting coverage of one of the biggest financial crises in the history of Petersburg. Her stories exposed unprecedented government mismanagement, theft and budgeting discrepancies in excess of $18M within the City of Petersburg. As a part of the WRIC team, Nakell also covered John Hinckley, Jr.’s release from prison in 2016. Hinckley was released from prison after serving more than 30 years for shooting President Ronald Reagan, a Secret Service agent, D.C. police officer and James Brady, President Reagan’s press secretary. During her tenure with WRIC Nakell interviewed newsmakers including former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and Gold Star Father Khizr Khan.
Nakell also spent time working in Waterville and Augusta, Maine. She served as the bureau chief and state capitol reporter for WABI-TV 5 covering the LePage Administration.
She spent the early years of her career reporting and anchoring nightly newscasts for WEIU-TV News Watch in Charleston, Illinois. Prior to joining WEIU, Nakell worked for CBS affiliate WBTW News 13 in Florence, South Carolina as an editor and newsroom assistant. While at News 13, Nakell earned a BA in Mass Communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism from Francis Marion University. She also studied abroad at the Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Mexico and earned a MPA in Public Administration from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. She spent several years working as a public policy analyst after earning her degree.
In her spare time, Nakell volunteers and devotes her energy to organizations that combat domestic violence and advocate for the empowerment of women and children. Her favorite things to do include enjoying the outdoors, running, traveling and spending time with her husband, son, family and close friends.
Nakell is a native of sunny South Carolina and is happy to serve Macon and surrounding communities.
She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an organization that has a global commitment to servant-leadership.