Hale received a Bachelor's degree in political science from Louisiana State University, where she captained the school’s cheerleading program. She completed her undergraduate studies at LSU’s Honors College, and was named LSU’s Homecoming Queen and Miss LSU. 
She began her journalism career as a political and investigative reporter/anchor after earning a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and attending the Fund for American Studiess’ Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. 
After completing the RIAS Fellowship, Hale proceeded to anchor a four-hour morning show for WVUE-TV, covering a wide variety of topics from politics and sports, to the city’s culinary and musical scene. 
She published her first book, "Historic Plantations of Alabama's Black Belt" in 2009.