Hayley Henson is WFXR’s Community Journalist.
Hayley was raised near the Wichita Mountains in rural Oklahoma, where sports dominated her life. As a state sports contender, Hayley filled the role of basketball point guard, softball center-fielder, and track and field medalist, as well as academic all-state recipient. As the “entertainer” of her peers, Hayley performed as soloist for the state FFA Convention, won the Jim Thorpe art award, and, as Class President learned about the impact of community. This was the beginning of Hayley’s self-proclaimed title, “Hayley of many hats.”
Hayley attended private school, Austin College, on a collegiate athletic scholarship. She then transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where she served as Intramural Sports Chair, chaired “Swishes for Wishes” for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and earned her undergraduate degree.
Hayley’s love for art and culture landed her in Austin, TX post college where she helped to “Keep Austin Weird.” She earned a role in event planning, and marketing. It was in Austin that Hayley began to develop her photography skills, along with freelance writing for various publications. This led to her first television debut as an on-camera host and scriptwriter.
Hayley’s curiosity also led to work in interior design, fitness instructing, clothing curation, and to take a wilderness trip leader position right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Taking the “road less traveled” has given Hayley the chance of a lifetime to connect with those from various backgrounds. She is thrilled to be a voice for the community.