Alison Starling Biography
Alison Starling, Alison Loll Starling-Alexander is an American television news anchor and journalist. She is a co-anchor of WJLA-TV’s weekday 4 PM, 5 PM and 11 PM newscasts.
Alison Starling Age
Alison was born on October 28, 1973, in Orlando, Florida, United States. She is 45 years old as of 2018. She grew up along with her siblings in Orlando, Florida. She holds an American Nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.Alison Starling Photo
Alison Starling Family
Alison was born to a military family and spent part of her childhood in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area where her father (Bruce Starling )worked for the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Her mother was known as Dolores Starling. She later returned to DC to be a congressional intern.
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Starling met NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander when they worked together in Seattle in 2001, however, they didn’t begin dating until Alexander was assigned to DC in 2009. They engaged in August 2011 while in France. They married Saturday, April 21, 2012, atop the Newseum in Washington DC. They currently reside in Northern Virginia with their two daughters Ava Starling, born on July 23, 2013, and Emma Starling born on June 16, 2015.
Alison Starling Education
Starling graduated from University of Florida in 1995. After graduating from college, she earned a Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship from Rotary International to study in Tours, France for six months in 1995.
Alison Starling Career
Her career began as a reporter and anchor at WDEF-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She then worked for three years at KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington, where she covered the Seattle earthquake.
In August 2003, Starling joined WJLA-TV. Just one year later, at Noon, Starling became co-anchor of Good Morning Washington (5-7AM) and ABC7 News. Washingtonian named her one of the rising stars of the area in local television news in 2005.
She was previously co-anchor of the “Good Morning Washington” program in the early morning.
She also anchors Politico.com’s “Playback” video segment—”where we watch so you don’t have to”— which shows excerpts of late-night television shows discussing political news.
Starling is also one of the rotating anchors for the “Terrorism Alert Desk” feature that airs on stations owned by Sinclair in the United States.
Alison Starling Net Worth
Alison earns a handsome amount of salary. With a successful career of both the couples, they earn around $400,000 annually. Starling’s current estimated Net worth is around $2 Million.Alison Starling Wedding
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Starling is a co-anchor of WJLA-TV’s weekday 4 PM, 5 PM and 11 PM newscasts.
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If you need proof of Alison Starling’s resilient dedication to her job: the WJLA news anchor was in the office just one day after coming down with a sinus infection.
Armed with cough drops and plenty of water, she remains as bright and attentive as she appears onscreen. Her office overlooks the main newsroom, and she takes the time to wave at employees who hustle by.
Although she anchors the 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, Starling’s day starts much earlier—more specifically, whenever her two young daughters (ages 3 and 5) get her up. After spending the morning with them, she makes it to the office by 2 p.m. From there, it’s a non-stop operation: going over news stories, taping promos, getting to the makeup chair, all to prep for those three hours thousands of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia residents see her on their televisions at home. On a good day, Starling may get the chance to go home after the 5 p.m. broadcast; but she has to be back in the studio by 8:30 p.m. to prep for the 11 p.m. broadcast. It’s usually midnight when she gets home, and she gets to sleep by 1 a.m.—if she’s lucky.
Sound daunting? Not to Starling, for whom the routine is practically second nature. “You have these little built-in alarm clocks, because we’re so deadline-driven in this business. And we’re not talking a vague deadline, we’re talking seconds,” explains Starling. “You become really accustomed to knowing exactly when you have to be somewhere, and you feel it if you’re late.”
It helps that Starling has always wanted to be a newscaster, even when she was an elementary schooler reading the morning announcements. “There was something inside me that was like, ‘I love knowing something before everybody else,’” she says. “Which is really what it comes down to in our business: helping to gather information, and then disseminating information in the simplest way so that everybody can understand and easily figure out what in that story affects them.”
With 15 years at WJLA/ABC 7, there’s a lot she has come to love about the D.C.-Metro area. “I really believe it’s the best local news market in the country,” says Starling. “The viewers are highly educated, they have high expectations of what they get from their news. … They want to get their news from people who know this community, who live here and make it their home too.”
If there is any challenge about covering D.C., Maryland and Virginia, it’s found in the little things. “You have to really know the nuances of all three of those areas. Even though they’re all very close together, people in [each region] all have different issues they care about.”
When it comes to memorable stories, it’s difficult for Starling to pick just one. There’s Hurricane Isabel in 2003, her first big field report that still gets recognition from longtime viewers. There’s also, of course, the Capitals’ Stanley Cup victory, when she covered everything from the games to the parade. “This city is full of interesting stories, history and people,” Starling says. “[But] I think my favorite thing to do is the ‘Working Woman’ segment.”
Starling took charge of the news segment in 2006, and in full capacity: she does all the researching and writing, and also sets up the shoots that make it to air. Broadcasting every other week, it focuses on women in the area who are making a positive impact through their service, from philanthropy to business and everything in between.
As a working woman herself, she remains endlessly awed by the people she meets through these stories. “I get to interview an outstanding, accomplished, interesting person—woman—in our community who’s making it better. And I love that, because local news has its share of negativ[ity]. Just knowing we have these bright windows of airtime with popular, interesting, positive people is awesome.” So far, “Working Woman” has covered more than 300 individuals, with many more still to come.