Based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA
HIGHLIGHTS + AWARDS
2022, Sophie & The Broken Things, "Heavy Metal" official music video (Director, Cinematographer, Co-Producer)
2021, Uncle Niq + the Bad Man Band - "Idea of You" music video (Video Production + Editing)
2019. Nashville/Davidson Co. Annual Meet Us at the Bridge, Honoring Domestic Violence survivors + advocates; Remembering victims (moderator)
2018, Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Breaking News: On Sunday September 24, 2017, a gunman opened fire at an Antioch church killing one person and injuring seven others.
2017, Nashville 48-Hour Film Fest: Short film entry (voiceover, writer + camera op)
2016, Unchained Movement Voices of Truth Award: Giving survivors a voice through the art of storytelling + media production.
2015, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) workshop certification
Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) Awards:
2013: 1st Place In-Depth News Reporting
2013: 1st Place Single-Topic News Coverage
2012: 2nd Place In-Depth News Reporting
2012: 2nd Place News Feature/ Enterprise report
SINGER-SONGWRITER. MUSICIAN. STORYTELLER. AWARD-WINNING TELEVISION NEWS JOURNALIST. VIDEO EDITOR. VIDEOGRAPHER. PHOTOGRAPHER.
Born and raised in Kansas, storytelling (through music, television, newspaper, film + digital media) has been Mikayla Lewis' passion since childhood.
While earning a B.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism & Communications from Fort Hays State University, she interned twice with CMT (Country Music Television) in Nashville (2009-2010).
Beginning her news career as a multimedia journalist at KSN News (KSNW) in Wichita, KS (2012); Lewis returned to Music City working for Fox 17 News (WZTV, 2013-2018).
As a reporter, doing their own shooting, editing and on-air reporting, she received multiple awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and an Edward R. Murrow Award (Nashville). Lewis covered more than a thousand stories from mass shootings and tornadoes, to elections and entertainment. Some of her stories aired nationally, including on CNN.
In 2016, Lewis started Be Reel Co. The multimedia company provides video production, editing and photography services for businesses, groups, individuals, artists + brands.
That same year, she began production on Mary Martin: Music Maven, an original, documentary film on the legendary music executive.
While continuing work on the film, Lewis returned to her musical roots and playing live music. She wrote, produced and released her self-titled, debut album on 03.23.2023. ZÜG co-produced the project. MIKAYLA LEWIS features all original music, exploring a plethora of genres and subjects. It's available on all digital streaming platforms.