Waco Chat

Having a drink with Taina Maya

By Kevin Tankersley

KWTX Channel 10 Morning Anchor

I like that Waco has a huge heart. When I first came here, I didn’t know what to think about Waco. It was a town that I felt I couldn’t connect with.

Now I love Waco because of the big heart it has.

It’s so rewarding to live in a community that truly gives back to making their city a better place. I love that about this city.

I am the president of the board for the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, a huge part of me. It provides several things, the main thing is free counseling to anyone who has been a victim of crime. I talk about crime for a living, and I have experienced a horrible relationship with my ex-husband. Offering services for free is the big thing to me. I will work to keep that funding going because [crime is] never going to stop, unfortunately.

I was a voice-over artist for Marvel Comics. My dad was an executive producer for Marvel Comics. One day they needed a little girl. They asked me, ‘What would you say if we told you we were giving you the best Barbie doll ever?’ And I said, ‘Oh my goodness. I would be so happy.’ They were recording me, not to my knowledge, and I started doing voice-over work.

I got my own character. My character’s name is Taina. They named her after me. They designed her after me. It’s a little girl who’s with her mom, but I was always scared of Spider-Man when he came around. So I would be the voice of the people who were scared.


At the Brazos Bar & Bistro inside Hotel Indigo, Taina Maya ordered a mimosa at 10:45 a.m. on a recent Friday. “Orange juice reminds me of the morning, and I feel like champagne is crisp, bubbly. And this is my Friday afternoon. I’m ready for the weekend.”