Jaysha Patel
Jaysha Patel is a community Journalist in Long Beach for ABC7 Eyewitness News. She joined the team in July of 2021 after reporting in the birthplace of Mardi Gras: Mobile, Alabama!

Jaysha was born in Bradenton, Florida, but is excited to return to Los Angeles where she spent her early life as a child actor.

Her love of storytelling led her to pursue a career as a journalist and go from reading words that someone else wrote, to writing her own.

During her time reporting in Alabama for WPMI NBC 15, she covered hurricanes, tornadoes, and the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the Mardi Gras season and cruise industry at the port. Jaysha also covered the Naval Air Station shooting in Pensacola when a student, who officials discovered was in contact with al-Qaida, killed three U.S. sailors.

Jaysha was a part of the news team that won a regional Edward R. Murrow "Overall Excellence" Award for news coverage in 2020, and breaking news coverage in 2021.

She graduated from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. During her time in school, Jaysha traveled to Memphis to cover the 50th anniversary and commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination alongside the National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate there. She also traveled to Urbino, Italy, where she reported on earthquake damage in the nearby town of Camerino.

Jaysha's interests include exploring new food places, cooking, watching Indian Bollywood movies, and playing with her dog Raja!

If you have a story idea, don't hesitate to reach out! Jaysha not only covers Long Beach, but the communities around it too. She's excited to be back In Southern California and tell your stories.

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Jaysha's Stories
Hispanic artist showcases her work in Long Beach exploring race, gender and history
Gabriella Sanchez is showcasing 17 pieces including paintings, sculptures and video at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach.
Long Beach soon requiring proof of vaccination inside bars, breweries and wineries
The city of Long Beach is following Los Angeles County in requiring people to show proof of vaccination to go to indoor bars, wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Farmers and Merchants bank celebrates 100 years in Long Beach
Farmers and Merchants Bank's East Long Beach location turns 100 years old
Former rival gang members from Long Beach write book together
Two men who were once in rival gangs became friends through their passion for writing and wrote a book together.
Meet the IndyCar drivers ahead of Long Beach Acura Grand Prix race
After a year off, the Acura Grand Prix is back in Long Beach.
Father demanding answers after his 12-year-old son attacked on bus in Long Beach
A father is demanding answers after his 12-year-old was attacked on a Long Beach bus over the weekend while he was on his way to visit his grandmother.
Long Beach approaches homelessness in community through REACH teams
The city of Long Beach is focusing on helping people who are experiencing homelessness by offering long term support.
Lakewood speech language pathologist creates unique method to help clients amid pandemic
Trisha Thapar, a pediatric speech language pathologist, is teaching her clients outside through play based lessons after she realized virtual lessons were difficult for many of her clients during the pandemic.
Long Beach Museum of Art showcases native LA artist's work with interactive exhibit
Tristan Eaton showcases his work through Marvel superheroes, murals inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests, and more.
Long Beach schools reopen for first day of school
Students returned to the classroom in Long Beach with COVID-19 precautions in place.