Morgan Trau is an award-winning reporter who joined the 13 ON YOUR SIDE team in October of 2021. She is not afraid to ask the tough questions.
She comes to WZZM from TEGNA sister station KREM 2 News in Spokane, WA. In her one year covering eastern WA and North Idaho, she excelled at investigations, fact-checking and buildings relationships with her community. Morgan is skilled at breaking down information, whether that involves politics, public records requests or just verifying if that viral post on social media is legitimate or not.
She held local and state politicians, community leaders and businesses accountable with her investigations. Her reporting lead to tangible change in Washington’s vaccine mandates, legal action against unsafe corporations and acknowledgment of discriminatory practices across the Washington-Idaho state line. She was stationed in Davenport, WA during the 2020 Labor Day Wildfires and spent months covering the lasting impact of the deadly fire season. Her reporting has been featured across the country, including on CBS News for her stories on anti-mask protests, the death of a famous stuntman and the Pacific Northwest's historic heatwave.
Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Morgan is thrilled to be back in the Midwest.
Before her career at KREM, she graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Communications in May of 2020. She graduated as a Syracuse University Scholar, the highest undergraduate honor given to a student. She won numerous awards for her coverage of racial injustice and the lead poisoning epidemic in Syracuse, NY.
She won ‘Outstanding Feature Story’ from the New York State Broadcasters Association, placed in the top three for best 'Television Feature Story' from the Syracuse Press Club and finished in the top 20 for best 'Hard News Story' from the Hearst Television News Competition.
During college, she interned at CBS News’ 60 Minutes, CBS Interactive, PBS NewsHour and Cleveland FOX 8. She also co-created and lead the organization Women in Communications, a Newhouse affiliated group on campus made up of 350+ students on campus. She was also an academic tutor, anchor and reporter for both Newhouse and CitrusTV and volunteered at a non-profit dedicated to ending domestic violence. Morgan currently volunteers with the National Council of Jewish Women in Cleveland.
Beyond the newsroom, Morgan is interested in anything involving the arts. For fun, she likes to watch documentaries, try out new restaurants and spend time with her friends and cat, Jinx.
Her email and social media are always open for tips, questions, comments or just to say hi! Send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also keep up with her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
She is on the VERIFY team, a fact-checking segment dedicated to helping the public distinguish between true and false information. Viewers can submit a question to her here.