Maira Ansari

Biography of WAVE News Anchor Maira Ansari; Husband, Family, Kids

Maira Ansari Biography

Maira Ansari is a WAVE News afternoons and evenings anchor. She anchors WAVE News at 3 as well as co-anchors WAVE News at 5, and 6. She is also a digital anchor for WAVE NOW! She joined the channel in 2007 as a general assignment reporter.

She has always had a passion in journalism and she got her first taste of television journalism while studying at Southern Illinois University, where she worked for the schools media. After graduating, she was an intern at the entertainment news magazine show EXTRA.

Maira Ansari Age

Maira is 41 years old as of 2023; she was born in 1982.

Maira Ansari Nationality

Ansari is an American national of Pakistan-American ethnicity. She grew up in a small town in Illinois.

Maira Ansari Education

Maira did her undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois graduating with a bachelor’s degree in radio/ television and a minor in marketing and speech communications. She then enrolled for her graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield graduating with a master’s degree.

Maira Ansari Family

Ansari was brought up by her parents in Illinois but despite being a public figure she has managed to keep her family from the spotlight. She is however a cousin to fellow journalist Aishah Hasnie from her paternal side. Aishah is a Fox News Channel Congressional Correspondent based in Washington D.C.

Maira Ansari Husband

Maria is married to Dr. Justin Miller ‘Jay Miller’, who is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky and serves as president of the Foster Care Alumni of America – Kentucky. He advocates for kinship care families as he was placed in foster care as a youth alongside her sisters due to his father’s crack cocaine addiction which saw him neglect them and abuse them physically.

During grade school, he had several stints in out-of-home care: first with family friends; then, in state foster homes. The stints were interrupted by brief periods of being placed back in the care of their father who however couldn’t stay clean long enough to adequately care for them. Her sister primarily remained in the care of their grandmother but at the age of 12, Jay delinquent behaviors coupled with the resentment he felt for his father, meant that he was far beyond his grandmother’s control and was taken back to foster care. He ran away from foster homes several times, mostly staying with friends

At the age of 14, her paternal aunt and her husband , aho at the time lived in Germany took him in and his sisters. This has led him to advocate for kinship care as this help the kids to keep ties to family, experience less trauma at parental separation, and have fewer educational disruptions.

Maira Ansari Children

Maira is a mother of two, a son known as Zahir, born in October 2013 and a daughter known as Noor Martha Miller born in September 2015.

Maira Ansari WAVE 3 News

Ansari anchors WAVE News at 3 as well as co-anchors WAVE News at 5, and 6. She is also a digital anchor for WAVE NOW!  She joined WAVE News in February 2007. She previously worked at WICD NewsChannel 15 in Champaign, Illinois as a morning and midday anchor. While there, she worked with the American Diabetes Association and the Girl Scouts.

She began her television career as an intern at WCIA, the CBS affiliate in Springfield before becoming the city beat reporter.

Maira Ansari Salary

Maira’s base annual salary as WAVE News anchor is  around $50,000 – $90,000. She has amassed an estimated net worth of around $800,000.

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