TOLEDO, Ohio — Ariyl Onstott hails from New Orleans, La., and southern Mississippi. She started as reporter/MMJ for WTOL 11 in the summer of 2018.

Prior to working in Ohio, Ariyl traveled to Sri Lanka to create a magazine documenting the island nation’s emerging democracy, politics, culture, economy, and everything in between in the aftermath of its brutal civil war.

A 2017 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Ariyl earned degrees in broadcast journalism and public policy leadership.

While in college, she traveled to South Africa where she studied human rights issues, racial reconciliation, and sustainable development for a month.

She has interned for FOX 4 News in Dallas, ESPNU, and was heavily involved with her campus’s student media NewsWatch Ole Miss and

Passionate about asking “why,” Ariyl was a storyteller the minute she could talk. She started reading The Economist magazine when she was 7 years old, and her inquisitive nature has not let up since. She has become passionate about foreign policy, international affairs, and sustainable development issues in poorer nations.

She loves being a journalist and considers it a tremendous honor that people trust her with their stories. She believes in fair, accurate reporting and unbiased, compelling storytelling.

Every day, she aspires to be a voice for the voiceless, to dig for the truth, and to share inspiring stories.

Ariyl is so excited to be in Toledo and experience all the Buckeye State has to offer!

When she’s not reporting, you can catch her reading a thought-provoking book, experimenting with new cuisines, exploring the outdoors, learning a new language, or planning her next travel destination (five countries down, 190 to go!).

Do you have a great story idea or something new she should try in the Toledo area? Send her an email: or a Facebook message to Ariyl Onstott WTOL. She can also be reached on Twitter @ariylonstott.

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