Born and raised in South Florida to a rockstar single Jamaican mom, Anna-Kay "AK" Thomas has always worked against the odds to pursue her dream career in entertainment media.
Even after working her way to Dartmouth, where she earned a Neuroscience degree (nerd alert?! 🤓), AK knew she had to follow her true career passion. She abandoned her plans to apply to med school, moved to New York after graduation, took several unpaid internships and started from the bottom yet again.
Following years of hard work, AK's life changed for the better after she won a 2014 national DreamJobbing competition to be a Social Buzz Reporter on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live hosted by Nick Lachey. She has since interviewed Kevin Jonas, Hoda Kotb, John Starks, D.M.C. and more for various outlets and was featured on The Huffington Post, discussing her unique path to entertainment.
Recently, Anna-Kay hosted and assisted in the production of several digital shows for Condé Nast and covered the 2017 GRAMMYs for Billboard and the 2017 Oscars for The Hollywood Reporter.
As a result of her own humble upbringing, Anna-Kay advocates for arts programming and accessible college education and mentors young women pursuing media careers. She loves snowboarding, traveling, cooking and is an award-winning and nationally-ranked slam poet. She was also a 2016 Miss New York USA contestant.
AK's celebrity doppelgänger is Kerry Washington, a.k.a. Olivia Pope.