Sabirah Rayford is an award-winning multimedia journalist. She joined WKYT in October 2015.
In 2015, she won Feature of the Year at the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcaster Awards for a story about a former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice who transitioned from a man to a woman at the age of 65. Sabirah also received Best in Show for her work that year.
Racial tensions at the University of Missouri led Sabirah to Frankfort, Ky. where she found the first black student to attend the University of Missouri. She talked to him about racial issues during his time at the university and compared them to the diversity concerns students have today at the University of Kentucky.
Sabirah has worked as a journalist since her junior year of high school. She was accepted into a competitive professional studies program that allowed select students to work on a career field of their choice for half the day. That opportunity jump-started her career in journalism and gave her the chance to produce content for a variety of media companies in Kansas City.
Sabirah decided to attend the University of Kentucky after receiving a scholarship. During her sophomore year, she was a sports intern for WKYT-TV. She has interviewed former Kentucky stars John Wall, Anthony Davis and Darius Miller when she helped cover the Pelicans vs. Wizards NBA preseason game. Sabirah went on to work at UK Athletics and ESPNU. She produced feature packages for both websites, including an interview with NCAA track and field champion Keni Harrison for UK Athletics and covered a live UK men's basketball game for ESPNU.
Now, she is back at WKYT-TV as a reporter.