Nicole Livas joined the 13News Now team as an evening anchor/special projects reporter in April 2019. She’s a Virginia Beach native. She actually had her first paying TV job as a production assistant at WVEC.
Before coming back home, Nicole worked as an anchor/producer/editor for Voice of America in Washington, DC.
Prior to that, Nicole spent several years as an evening anchor at WAVY-TV & WVBT-TV in Norfolk. She also worked at tv stations in Rhode Island and Ohio.
Nicole is an Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist. She has covered the September 11th terror attacks and the Virginia Tech shootings. She was one of the first reporters on the scene following the JFK, Jr. plane crash off Martha’s Vineyard.
She also reported sports feature stories involving high school football, NCAA basketball, entertainment, and lifestyles news.
Nicole was voted best female newscaster by Coastal Virginia Magazine’s readers several times. She’s been recognized by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and The Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals.
Nicole serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia chapter. She also serves on the advisory board for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at her alma mater, George Mason University.
Her biggest accomplishment to date is giving birth to her daughter in 2016 and taking some time away from work to care for her.
Nicole comes from a family of local educators and pioneers. She's often asked if her mother is Becky Livas, the first African-American female TV newscaster in Hampton Roads. The answer is YES. Becky retired as a Suffolk school teacher and devotes a lot of her time to her passion for singing. Nicole's father Henry is a retired engineer from NASA-Langley and also served on the Virginia Beach Planning Commission. One grandfather taught architecture at Hampton University and founded a firm that still exists in Norfolk. Her other grandfather taught high school physics and was the first African-American City Councilman in Virginia Beach. Both grandmothers were teachers. Nicole has a sister and two brothers.
These days, Nicole spends her free time with her family and friends. She enjoys fitness, travel, reading, cooking and supporting local businesses.