Shaun Chaiyabhat joined the Local 6 News team as a general assignment reporter in August 2010. He is excited to explore Central Florida and tell stories that make the area such a great place to live.
Shaun’s on-air career started with an internship at WICS in Springfield, Illinois, covering politics and government at the state capitol. He covered the political antics of Rod Blagojevich and Barack Obama's race for the national stage. Shaun stayed in Central Illinois to report for WCIA in Champaign, home of his alma mater the University of Illinois. While at WCIA, he reported on everything from deadly tornados to faulty fire hydrants. Most recently, he worked for WREG in Memphis uncovering corruption and crime, but he most enjoys telling stories about real people overcoming unthinkable acts and unbelievable odds.
Shaun held internships at WICD in Champaign, Illinois and at WMAQ in Chicago. He also received a master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Catch Shaun’s reports weekdays on Local 6 News.
What do you like about being a reporter?
Growing up, I always knew that I didn't want to be chained to a desk. As journalists, we get to witness life's extremes -- the good, the bad, and the moments that will go down in history. At the end of the day, it's not the excitement that matters. What matters is knowing that somehow we made a difference in someone's life. Telling YOUR story is a privilege.
Favorite Restaurant: I'm new to Orlando so I'm open to suggestions! Seriously, I plan to eat my way around town, so email me your favorites!
Favorite Food: Since I'm half-Thai, Thai food is a given. I'll never pass up tapas or dim sum.
Favorite Genre Of Music: Does it have a beat? If it puts a smile on my face, I'll like it!
Favorite Author: David Sedaris makes me LAUGH OUT LOUD. (It gets embarrassing when I read in public.)
Favorite Sport: I was a gymnast, so I'm kinda biased.
Favorite Movie: Google "Groundhog Day" and you'll get the idea.
Favorite TV Show: I'll admit it... I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. Pile on the nerd points.
Favorite Quote: "Do unto others..."
Place You Would Love To Visit: Bali, Paris, Cape Town, Egypt If you have a story idea for Shaun, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.