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In August 2019, Kayla Burton joined Western Mass News as a dedicated reporter and content producer. One of her prominent roles is covering Friday Football Fever, where she reports on team and player feature stories.
Her academic journey led her to achieve a master’s degree in Broadcast & Digital Journalism, specializing in Sports Communications, from the prestigious Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Prior to that, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in Africana Studies at Lehigh University. During her time at Lehigh, Kayla showcased her basketball skills as the team’s point guard for four years, earning a full scholarship to play.
Kayla’s passion for sports journalism led her to valuable internships, including at WHDH-TV in Boston and the Celtics late-night show. There, she covered live games, provided pre-game and post-game recaps, and conducted interviews with players and coaches.
During her studies at Syracuse, she contributed as an analyst for the Syracuse women’s basketball games on ESPN. Additionally, she wrote pre-game and post-game articles for Syracuse men’s and women’s basketball at 247Sports.com.
Her dedication to sports reporting continued with her work for Newshouse Sports, where she covered Syracuse football, men’s and women’s basketball, and soccer, conducting interviews and writing comprehensive articles.
Currently, Kayla excels as the analyst for Yale men’s and women’s basketball games featured on ESPN and NESN. She also serves as the women’s basketball assistant varsity coach at Minnechaug High School.
Coming from a sports-oriented family, Kayla’s passion for athletics is deeply ingrained. Her grandfather, Ron Burton, holds a remarkable legacy as the first-drafted Boston Patriot in 1960 and founded the renowned Ron Burton Training Village in Hubbardston.
This village has impacted the lives of over 100 adolescent teens, helping them grow mentally, spiritually, and physically over five consecutive weeks. Kayla cherishes her time spent at her family’s village during most summers.
Beyond her professional achievements and sports connections, Kayla’s vibrant personality shines through her work, making people smile, and showcasing her exceptional karaoke skills. She embraces new experiences, enjoys traveling, and brings dedication and enthusiasm to her work as a journalist and content producer.