Alison Parker

POSTED: 3:18 PM Jan 30 2013   UPDATED: 4:52 PM Apr 02 2013

Alison Parker is a reporter for NewsChannel 12's Jacksonville bureau. She isn't too far from home, having lived most of her life outside of Martinsville, Va.

Alison graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. in December 2012. This is her first full-time job as a reporter, and she couldn't be happier to have her start in North Carolina. She learned the ropes of journalism in JMU's School of Media Arts and Design. But Alison learned even more from the pros in the summer of 2012, through her reporting internship at WDBJ7, a CBS affiliate station in Roanoke, Va. That was where she got a taste of what it's like to go on air. During her last semester in school, she learned how to produce at WHSV, an ABC/Fox affiliate station in Harrisonburg.

Alison was also News Editor for JMU's nationally recognized newspaper, The Breeze, which has received numerous awards from the Associated Press.

In her spare time, Alison likes to whitewater kayak, see Broadway musicals, watch Jeopardy! and try new things.