Carla Wills is an award-winning veteran journalist with 17 years of experience in print, broadcast, and online media. She is WEAA's executive producer of news and public affairs, and executive producer of First Edition, the station's evening drive-time news magazine. She also is an independent producer who has worked on nationally syndicated projects for New Visions, New Voices, an initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to bring diverse voices to public radio.
Carla’s projects for New Visions include Moments of the Moment: Civil Rights and Change in America, a series of vignettes featuring interviews from key civil rights leaders and participants, which won the National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award in 2014 for public affairs programming. The series was produced by culling hundreds of hours of never-before-broadcast video and audio footage collected by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture’s Civil Rights Oral History Project. Carla also produced an hour-long special examining the relevance and meaning of civil rights in the 21st century, voiced by actor Charles S. Dutton, which aired on more than 50 NPR-member stations across the country in 2014.
Prior to her current position, Carla was producer and co-host of WEAA's morning show, The Baltimore Blend. She also served as senior supervising producer of The Michael Eric Dyson Show, a CPB-funded program, which was nationally syndicated and produced out of WEAA. She produced segments featuring such notables as actor and activist Harry Belafonte and recording artist and entrepreneur Jay-Z, and the show won NABJ awards for hour-long specials with Dr. Maya Angelou and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Carla comes to radio after more than a decade in print journalism, where she held senior editorial positions at national magazines including Essence, Uptown and Savoy. She began her media career in her native Baltimore as the founding editor of Jubilee magazine, a publication of The Baltimore Sun.