Valonda Calloway is a native of Onslow County, North Carolina. She graduated with cum laude honors from Winston-Salem State University.

She began her career in media as a writer and reporter at the Voice of America radio in Washington, D.C. Valonda returned to North Carolina as a news reporter and anchor for WNCT, Channel 9 in Greenville. She was part of the team that won numerous awards, including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow for continuous coverage during Hurricane Floyd.

Valonda arrived in Raleigh in 2001 as a reporter for WRAL-TV, where she also anchored the morning and noon news.

Valonda is a member of a number of public service organizations, including the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Wake County Chapter of the Winston-Salem State University Alumni Association.

Whether mentoring middle school girls, serving as a volunteer cheerleading coach or participating in fundraisers, Valonda embraces the verse, “To whom much is given, much is required.” In 2013 Valonda was inducted into the first class of Winston-Salem State University’s 40 under 40 club in recognition of her public service and career milestones.

A dancer and cheerleader since her early years, Valonda cheered in college and professionally for the Washington Redskins. She loves fashion and in 2013 Carolina Style Magazine named Valonda one of the 25 Most Stylish People In The Triangle.

Valonda lives in Raleigh with her husband and daughter.