Who is Mia Gradney?
Mia Gradney was born on the 17th June 1976, in Houston, Texas, USA, and is a local TV personality, journalist, producer, reporter and an anchor, who is probably best recognized for being a news anchor at the local, but widely popular and respected station KHOU. In addition, she is known for winning one of the prestigious Emmy Awards three times.
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Mia was born to parents as their third child and only girl – as she really like to keep her personal life private, she’s never revealed the names of her parents and brothers. However, it is known that she is very close to her whole family and that one of the most important things in her life is maintaining the closeness with them. She was raised in an African-American, middle-class family; when describing her childhood, she says that her parents always wanted to make her feel good, and for her to fulfil all her wishes, so she got everything she set her mind on, nevertheless, she was never spoiled. A well-known fact is that she started working at the age of 16 while she was still in high school. She once mentioned that she did that because she wanted to have a ‘real-world’ experience.
Following her matriculation from Spring High School in Houston, she attended Sam Houston State University at the age of 18; even though she was very ambitious from an early age, had excellent grades in high school and could enrol in many prestigious colleges, she realized that her greatest passion was journalism, and thought that the best programme for her would be in TV, radio and film at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, also because it was one of the most respected institutions in the neighbourhood, and near her hometown which she adored, and always wanted to spend her life in.
Thanks to her undeniable talent and incredible dedication to education and work, she earned a paid internship at the famous station Channel 13, where she assisted ion preparing daily news bulletins, but always behind the curtains. While still at the university, she received a great opportunity to work at KTRK-TV, writing scripts for the newscasts, doing research on videos and pictures that should be included in the news, and being an assistant producer of “The Deborah Duncan Show”.
Immediately after she graduated from the university in 1998, she made her debut on-air job at the station KAVU-TV in Victoria, Texas. She was satisfied with the job description and her obligations there, but as her annual salary was $12,000, she knew it wasn’t a job she could do for a long time, so after a year she moved to Beaumont, Texas working at KBMT 12-TV, producing and anchoring newscasts as well as reporting.
After a year and a half, she received an offer to become a producer, reporter and an anchor for the Houston station KIAH-TV; at first she was the writer and anchor of the daily news there, then conducted interviews with famous people from all sorts of niches, such as politics, pop culture, art and many more. She was then promoted to a social media and editorial assistant, who was in charge of hiring new people and planning stories for news broadcasts.
Moreover, she created and then produced the podcasts “Mia’s Style Files” and “Mia at the Movies”, and concentrated on creating, hosting and producing award-winning programmes. While she was working there, Mia’s talent and knowledge became widely noticed and respected, so she was one of few reporters who won an Emmy Award for Magazine Style Program, Environment News and Special Event Coverage three times in a row. Also, she was chosen to be the anchor of the ‘National News Desk’ for the Tribune Broadcasting Company which was considered as a great success. Gradney took the opportunity of being a part of the Creative Ground-breaking Billboard Campaign as well.
2012 to present
From 2012 to 2014 she worked as a host for “Studio Movie Grill”, after which she became a reporter and an anchor for KHOU-TV, a position in which she is conducting interviews, writing stories, producing and anchoring newscasts to this day.
Personal Life and Net Worth
Mia has been married to her high school sweetheart, Troy Clendenin since 10th November 2001; Mia gave birth to their daughter Avery in 2007. Speaking about her net worth, it is estimated by authoritative sources that she counts her wealth at the amount of $700,000, as of mid-2019.