Vai Sikahema joined NBC10 in 1994. He can currently be seen co-anchoring NBC10 News Today weekday mornings, and also serves as NBC10’s Sports Director.
Known for his diverse skills as both an anchor and sports reporter, Sikahema has covered multiple Olympic Games, including the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2012 Summer Games in London, England. He has covered a wide range of stories and has reported extensively on Philadelphia’s sports teams and their championship quests.
In addition to his anchoring and sports duties, Sikahema hosts “Wednesday’s Child,” a weekly feature promoting the adoption of area children. The feature is sponsored by the National Adoption Center and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. In 2011, he received a commendation from the Congressional Caucus of Adoption in Washington, D.C. for his dedication to this program.
Sikahema’s career in broadcasting began when he was with the NFL. He worked at KSAZ in Phoenix while he was with the Cardinals, and was with WFRV in Green Bay, Wisconsin during his stint with the Packers. He ultimately ended up in Philadelphia as an Eagle from 1992 to 1994.
He was a running back and kick returner for the team, and is ranked first among the NFL's all-time career leaders in number of punt returns and second in punt return yardage. He is also a two-time All-Pro and was twice named the NFL Alumni’s Kick Returner of the Year.
Sikahema grew up wanting to be a professional boxer and spent many years boxing at an amateur level. In 2008 he accepted a challenge from former baseball player Jose Canseco to fight him in a celebrity boxing match. The match was dubbed ‘The War at The Shore’, and Sikahema won by knockout in the first round. He donated his winnings to the family of Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski, a fallen officer of the Philadelphia Police Department.
Sikahema attended Brigham Young University, where he played football and earned his degree in Broadcast Journalism. He is a member of BYU’s Hall of Fame and is a 2013 inductee into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneer’s Hall of Fame. He has earned two Emmys for his work in local television. In 2012, he was presented the Deseret News President’s Award in Salt Lake City, Utah for his weekly column, Vai’s View, which he penned from 2010 to 2012.
As a native of Nuku’Alofa, Tonga, English is Sikahema’s second language. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Keala. Together they serve in leadership positions in their church, are active in Boys Scouts of America and the United Way, and dedicate themselves to finding forever homes for at-risk children through adoption.
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