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
BFunk group fuses South Asian and western dancing in SoCal after they notice lack of representation
"I wanted something to be able to connect to people from my culture." BFunk brings South Asian fusion dancing to SoCal dance scene.
Long Beach teen attacked, injured by stranger in broad daylight after leaving school
A 16-year-old girl suffers bruises and scratches after she says she was attacked in broad daylight by a stranger following her after leaving school.
Long Beach community remembers Panxa Cocina Chef Arthur Gonzalez
The Long Beach community has left flowers, candles and signs outside Panxa Cocina, which was owned by Arthur Gonzalez.
L.A. Waterfront coming to San Pedro to feature stores, amphitheater, dining
The L.A. Waterfront project is 43 acres and the first phase includes about 150,000 square feet of new retail, dining and more.
Long Beach Starbucks among first to unionize in SoCal
The Starbucks on 7th street and Redondo unanimously voted to unionize on Friday.
Long Beach Cambodian food blogger highlights city's diverse food scene
James Tir, also known as lbfoodcoma on Instagram, has helped restaurants struggling during the pandemic.
Details on Long Beach's LGBTQ+ LB Proud event in May
Long Beach Pride is traditionally in May, but in 2022 it was moved to July. So, community members decided to create their own event in May.
Attorney General, Mayor of Long Beach speak out about Roe v. Wade
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Attorney General Rob Bonta and others discussed the steps they're taking to protect women's reproductive rights.
Whitney High School robotics team show off 'Pika' robot on May the 4th
Whitney High School works with nonprofit "FIRST," which inspires young people to learn STEM skills through mentor-based programs.
Harbor tours return to Long Beach
Harbor tours showing Long Beach's port return May 7.Heres what you need to know.