Monica Harkins joined WDRB as a reporter in August 2021. Prior to WDRB, she was just down the road in Lexington as weekend anchor and MMJ at WTVQ.

She graduated from the University of Missouri where she studied broadcast journalism and business. While at Mizzou, she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri.

During her junior year, she ventured abroad to Brussels as an intern for Agence-France Presse, an international news wire.

During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s storytelling that’s her passion.

Despite having the travel bug, she’s fallen for Kentucky’s horse racing and its Southern charm and is excited to call Louisville home.

As a born and raised Texan, she loves country music and two stepping, especially at live music performances. She’s also known for her baking skills and cooking for her friends and family. She likes to stay active, whether it’s traveling to new destinations or playing recreation sports.

She says as a natural extrovert, the best part of general assignment reporting is it allows her to meet people from all walks of life and share their stories.

If you have an idea, an issue going on in your neighborhood or even just want to share a recipe she should try, she’s only a tweet away: @MonicaHarkinstv. Follow her on Facebook, too.  You can also email her at