I joined ABC Columbia May 2008 as a Primary Anchor. I co-anchor the evening news, Weekdays at 6 & 11 PM.
I am a graduate of Clemson University where I pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I have an MBA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
I started my news career as an intern at WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan. I also worked as a freelance reporter for WKBD-TV in Detroit, Michigan.
After my stint up north, I relocated back to my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. While in Atlanta, I was a General Assignment Reporter for the NBC Affiliate, WXIA-TV and a Freelance Reporter for FOX 5. During my 3 years back in Atlanta, I covered some of Georgia’s worst Natural Disasters: (2005) Hurricane Dennis, Katrina, & Rita; (2004)Tropical Storm Bonnie, Hurricane Frances, & Ivan. I also covered the largest manhunt in Georgia History: (2005) Brian Nichols Deadly Courthouse Shootings. I was the first reporter to have an exclusive interview with former Atlanta Police Chief, Richard Pennington, on what went wrong. While at 11 Alive News in Atlanta I reported nationally for MSNBC (2005) Benedict XVI Elected Pope, and on CNN (2003) Terror Alert, Security at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
After my time in Atlanta, I joined the NBC O&O, KNSD and the CW affiliate KSWB-TV in San Diego, California as the Weekend Anchor. In the January 2007 Platinum Awards Issue of 944 Magazine, I was voted San Diego’s Favorite Female Newscaster.
I then headed back south taking the spot of Main Anchor with WOLO, ABC Columbia. Since 2008, I hosted a series called “Wrinkle Free Wednesday” until 2012. I also launched a series called the “Midlands 10 Most Fascinating” that aired in 2012 & 2014.
In 2015, Columbia, South Carolina stayed in the spotlight making national news: The 1000-year flood, Charleston Church Shootings of the Emanuel 9, The Confederate Flag coming down off the State House Grounds, and the Spring Valley High School Assault involving an officer and a student, all stories that we were able to work as a team and bring you the latest developments. I was honored in 2016, to win an EMMA for Excellence in My Market in the category of “Anchor-News” from the Southeastern Emmy Awards. I also received an honorable mention for Anchoring Weather during our SC Flood Coverage.
Since moving to Columbia, I have been on the cover of Columbia Living Magazine. And, I have been featured in Columbia Metropolitan Magazine several times. In 2016, I was honored to be given an award that demonstrates being true to Columbia, it’s called “Fig Authentic” by Fig Magazine. I will be featured in their Spring 2016 issue.
So far, my proudest moment during my news career, was serving as a Torchbearer, carrying the Olympic flame through my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
I feel it is my duty to give back. So, I am very active in the community. I am a proud member of the Junior Women’s Club of Lake Murray.
When I am not on camera delivering the news I enjoy spending time with my husband, Jacob. We love Columbia so much, we were married on Coble Plaza at Riverfront Park. We live in Lexington and love the water…so you will most likely find us on Lake Murray.
You can email me at email@example.com or find me on twitter @aliciabarnestv