Leyla Santiago

Leyla Santiago
Leyla Santiago

Good Morning Bakersfield! I joined the Eyewitness news team in November 2009. I wake up bright and early to anchor the Eyewitness News morning with John from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. I'm a news junkie and I love a good story.

I got my first taste of a newsroom at WCJB TV20 News in Gainesville, Florida There, I honed my skills on the assignment desk. But my first on-air gig, was in Charlottesville, Virginia. I finally got that "reporter" title on NBC29. I worked hard to expose sex offenders violating the law and Virginia State Police's lack of resources to monitor them. My reports led to the arrest of multiple sex offenders in Albemarle County.

But my next adventure, would take me far from the East Coast. I headed to The Last Frontier, where there was never a dull moment. From the troopergate scandal connected to Governor Sarah Palin, to her rise to international fame, I caught up with Governor Palin on several occasions to talk to her about it all. I also traveled to a few isolated rural villages near the Arctic Circle to tell the stories of Native Alaskans fighting global warming and record-high energy costs. But perhaps one of the most memorable moments was the eruption of Mount Redoubt. I was the first reporter to fly over the volcano, Mount Redoubt, after its eruption and tell about it's destruction to a nearby oil storage facility.

When I'm not at work, you'll likely find me exploring the great outdoors. I love to snowboard, hike and kayak. You might also find me digging my hands in the dirt of my garden. I love to travel. As an army brat, my family moved around quite a bit. We lived in Puerto Rico, Panama, and South Carolina. But I've learned that the great getaways, are the trips back home to see my friends and family in Puerto Rico.

If you have a news story you want to tell me about, e-mail me at lsantiago@bakersfieldnow.com.

Recent stories by Leyla Santiago

Inside KBAK One Classroom at a Time: Earl Warren Junior High School One Classroom at a Time: Earl Warren Junior High School (Video)
Congratulations to Earl Warren Junior High School teacher Brenda Toland. This month's $1,000 One Classroom at a Time award will help fund her P.A.W.S. for C.P.R. program. Students will create a puppet show that discusses things like bullying, healthy choices and safety.
Local & Regional Helium shortage could leave parties, medical tests up in the air Helium shortage could leave parties, medical tests up in the air (Video)
Before you even set foot in Party City on Stockdale Highway, a sign has a warning: "No more balloon walk-ins due to helium shortage 6/9/12 til ???" The party supply store is one of many around town turning customers away because of a helium shortage.
Inside KBAK One Classroom at a Time: Golden Hills Elementary One Classroom at a Time: Golden Hills Elementary (Video)
Congratulations to Golden Hills Elementary teacher Amy Robles. The $1,000 One Classroom at a Time award will help her backpack buddy program. Robles plans to fill new backpacks with books, puzzles and educational activities for students to take home.
Health Bakersfield teen seeks surgery for brain disorder Bakersfield teen seeks surgery for brain disorder (Video)
Jamie Tudor doesn't get out of the house very often. In fact, the 13-year-old girl tries not to move around much. Any movement for Jamie can mean nausea, back pain, headaches or neck pain.
Inside KBAK One Classroom at a Time: Tompkins Elementary One Classroom at a Time: Tompkins Elementary (Video)
Congratulations to Tompkins Elementary teacher Linda Quiroga. This month's One Classroom at a Time award will allow students to gather weather data, then compare and contrast weather conditions.
Inside KBAK One Classroom at a Time: Vista West Continuation Program One Classroom at a Time: Vista West Continuation Program (Video)
Congratulations to Vista West Continuation Program teacher Stacie Mettler. This month's One Classroom at a Time award will help students of the AIM program take a trip down memory lane by creating yearbooks. Without the award, Mettler said the students would not be able to afford the yearbooks.
Inside KBAK One Classroom at a Time: Fremont Elementary One Classroom at a Time: Fremont Elementary (Video)
Congratulations to Fremont Elementary teacher Barbara Carter. This month's One Classroom at a Time award will help her teach students about the metamorphisis of a butterfly. Carter plans to use $1,000 to take students on a field trip to The Bugseum in Shafter.
Mornings What's it like to be a pregnant teen? What's it like to be a pregnant teen? (Video)
Actress Alexa Vega talks about her role as a teen faking her pregnancy for a senior project in high school. In the new Lifetime movie "The Pregnancy Project," Vega confronts the hardships and stereotypes teen mothers face. The movie is based on a true story.
Investigations Gang membership on the rise in Kern Co. Gang membership on the rise in Kern Co. (Video)
Gang population is growing across the country. Kern County is no exception. According to a new report from the FBI, Kern County is now home to 13,011 gang members.
Mornings 'The Fonz' joins Eyewitness News 'The Fonz' joins Eyewitness News (Video)
Henry Winkler talks Arrested Development and makes a special connection with Leyla. He also tells us about his latest project. For more information, go to www.openarmscampaign.org.
Mornings Volunteer discusses Christmas cards for veterans Volunteer discusses Christmas cards for veterans (Video)
Project D.E.F.T is collecting Christmas cards for veterans in hospitals, care facilities and state homes. Volunteer Lynda Smith tells Leyla how easy it is to get involved.
Mornings iPhone 4S debuts iPhone 4S debuts (Video)
Cambi Brown is there to let customers into the AT&T store to buy the new iPhone 4S. She also helps Leyla's husband buy pick out stuff for Leyla.
Mornings Racing to the Top Racing to the Top (Video)
Leyla introduces us to a 9 year old Bakersfield champ that is getting a lot of attention across the world.
Mornings Bakersfield Bridezilla explains meltdown Bakersfield Bridezilla explains meltdown (Video)
Kera Taylor, of Bakersfield, was chosen to be on WE TV's show Bridezilla. The show is known to capture the meltdowns and tantrums of brides-to-be. Taylor was no exception, but she insists she's really a sweet girl.
Mornings 'Sesame Street' tackles bullying 'Sesame Street' tackles bullying (Video)
Big Bird and Blue Jay tell Leyla about how they overcame a bullying incident on "Sesame Street." They're hoping it can teach kids how to develop empathy and build good relationships with peers.
Mornings Virtual students find success Virtual students find success (Video)
Daria Fleming was once a troubled student at risk of dropping out of high school. She has since become a "virtual student" and is pursuing her education online.
Mornings Dina Manzo says it's time to party Dina Manzo says it's time to party (Video)
The Real Housewives of New Jersey original tells us about her new party-planning series. Plus, John Dabkovich gets a special invite.