Luana Munoz is a bilingual journalist of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. She has won two Emmy awards and has more than 15 years of professional experience. She believes her upbringing in a split republican and democrat household, life experiences, and political science background from UCLA allows her to tell stories through a balanced and well rounded lens.
In today’s political climate, Luana sees this as an opportune time for journalist to do what they do best, seek the truth and report the news in a fair, balanced and accurate manner.
She currently anchors the #1 morning and midday newscasts for KTBS 3 News in Shreveport, La. Additionally, Luana anchored in Spanish for the station’s website providing daily updates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the day Hurricane Laura hit southwest Louisiana, Luana solo anchored a majority of the time as KTBS provided continuous coverage for seven and a half hours. Luana also reported live from Lake Charles where President Trump held a rally against Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards during the 2019 gubernatorial election. And, has anchored and reported live broadcasts in the field for various events like the 2019 and 2020 Mardi Gras parades.
While at KTBS, Luana won an Emmy for her story about forgiveness and race relations. The story centered around a young girl who was struck and killed by a black male motorist in East Texas at a time when race relations were running high.
Luana’s television career started in 2007 when she interned for “CNN Español” in Washington D.C. After graduating from UCLA, she landed several reporting and anchoring opportunities including one at FOX40 in Sacramento, California. Luana continued her TV career by becoming a co-host for “The Hampton Roads Show” a one-hour daily entertainment show for the NBC affiliate in Norfolk, Va. before landing at her current station, KTBS.
Luana’s career has afforded her the opportunity to report on California’s infamous wildfires, earthquakes, and interview names like Wendy Williams, America Ferrero, Mo’Nique and, Michael Buble. Her career has shed light on issues pertaining to women in politics, corporate welfare, and impoverished communities beyond the U.S. borders such as the City of Juarez, Mexico where she reported in the field.
After landing her first reporting job in Bakersfield, Ca. Luana realized she was more than just a reporter, she was a voice for the voiceless. She learned this when running water was suddenly turned-off at a home of two migrant families. After interviewing the families and seeing their dire-living conditions, she interviewed the city and pushed through all barriers necessary to ensure these families’ and their children had clean water to drink and bathe. By doing so, Luana exposed the abusive business practices of an apartment management company that was taking financial advantage of its tenants.