Anikka Abbott joined KEYT-KCOY as a reporter in January 2020.
She earned her Master of Mass Communication at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While at the Cronkite School, Anikka was a reporter and weather anchor for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS. She was nominated for a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award for College Public Affairs after covering the Venezuelan immigration crisis in Peru.
Prior to a career in broadcasting, Anikka held a career in opera performance. In May 2015, Anikka graduated summa cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. She was a member of the award-winning Choir of the West for 3 years and performed with them internationally. At PLU, She was chosen to perform as a founding member of the elite octet, The Chamber Singers, also performing internationally. An accomplished classical singer, her opera credits include Papagena and Queen of the NIght in Mozart's Magic Flute, Morgana in Handel's Alcina, Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Mary in Kyr's Christmas Oratorio. Her musical theatre credits include Sandy in Grease, Maria in West Side Story, Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, and Cinderella in Into The Woods.
Anikka served as Miss Pierce County 2015 and Miss West Sound 2017 in the Miss America Organization. Her platform was Prevention Through Empowerment: Ending Domestic Violence and Stalking. As a survivor, she has taken the next step as an advocate for other survivors. She served as a founding member of the Associate Advisory Board at the Pierce County YWCA, striving to reach out to young adults to prevent domestic violence and to promote service. She regularly speaks at Rotary and community clubs about domestic violence. In July 2015, Anikka placed as First Runner-up to Miss Washington. She represented Washington at the National Sweetheart Pageant in Illinois in August 2015.