Wright Gazaway is the Chief Investigative Reporter and co-anchor of KATU News at 4 p.m. with Debora Knapp. Wright joined KATU as chief investigative reporter in June 2020 and assumed anchor responsibilities in February 2022. Before joining KATU, he worked at WTOC in Savannah, Ga., and WALB in Albany, Ga.
Since his arrival at KATU, Wright has been relentlessly reporting on police reform and officer training in the region. These investigations led to a 1-hour KATU News documentary, “Sworn to Protect: A Difficult Conversation” and a 10-part news series on gun violence in Portland.
Wright has covered gubernatorial and presidential elections, high-profile criminal cases, and severe weather.
His field reporting on a military plane crash in Southeast Georgia led to an Emmy award from the organization’s Southeast Chapter. He’s also been recognized by the Georgia AP Association.
His reporting on Georgia’s lack of hate crime legislation resulted in a state lawmaker sponsoring a bill changing that, which was eventually passed and signed into law. Wright’s investigative reporting on an arrest in a robbery case led police to drop charges against their suspect and uncovered acknowledgments from police that they arrested the wrong person.
Wright graduated from the University of Georgia, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. While in Athens, Wright was a member of the Bulldogs’ football team, an All-SEC Honor Roll member, and a member of Grady Newsource, the student-run newscast through the Grady College of Journalism.
Born and raised in Georgia, Wright looks forward to exploring all the region has to offer. In his free time, Wright enjoys to workout, check out the outdoors, and play golf. If you see him out and about, be sure to stop and say hello!