Merrily McAuliffe

Merrily McAuliffe began her journey as a sideline reporter for Heat 99, a local television station in Richmond, Virginia, where she enjoyed interviewing players and coaches of high school sports.

After graduating from Mills E. Godwin High School in 2007, she attended Concord University in Athens, West Virginia. While at Concord, she was a field reporter and anchor for the student-run television station, WMLT. She completed her internship at WRIC in Richmond, before graduating in May of 2011 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Merrily was hired out of school to be a reporter at WVNS in Beckley, WV, where she would later solo anchor the morning show on weekdays, as well as produce and solo anchor the Noon show. While working at WVNS, her morning news team was awarded “Best Newscast,” by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association in 2013.

In July of 2014, Merrily joined WOWK as a weekday co-anchor on the morning and Noon shows, serving 32 counties in central West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio.

In October of 2020, she started co-anchoring the 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM and 11 PM newscast.

Merrily is a triplet with two brothers who both live back home in Richmond, VA. She also has an older sister who lives in Washington, D.C. In Merrily’s spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, going to the driving range, spending time with her rescue dog “Pebbles” (from the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association) and attending Mountaineer games with her husband Justin at his alma mater, West Virginia University. 

If you have a story you’d like her to look into, feel free to email her at mmcauliffe@wowktv.com.

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