Elizabeth Alex

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Elizabeth Alex was the lead anchor for KSHB-TV ("41 Action News") in Kansas City, Missouri until 2012.

Biography[edit]

Alex is a native of the Kansas City area, growing up in Overland Park and graduating from Shawnee Mission West. Alex attended the University of Arkansas and worked in Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Arkansas, The Quad Cities and West Palm Beach, Florida before settling back in her hometown.

Alex has earned many journalism awards during the course of her career. They include awards for all around reporting, feature, investigative and 4 regional Emmys. Her honors include work on a six month project into pollution at a former oil refinery in Sugar Creek. Alex has been named "Best Newscaster" by Pitch Weekly magazine and The Johnson County Squire. She has also been honored by the National Kidney Foundation and received a Humanitarian Award from Medical Missions Foundation.

Alex spends much of her time involved with humanitarian causes around the world. She is on the board of directors for Medical Missions Foundation-a group that delivers free medical care to developing countries, Smile Again USA-an organization that helps provide reconstructive surgery to Pakistani women attacked with battery acid, and she personally sponsors and advocates for the health of a little girl from The Gaza Strip with serious medical needs. Alex is also an enthusiastic supporter of Operation Breakthrough Center for children in Kansas City, Heart to Heart, International aid organization and she organizes a food drive to benefit St. Therese Little Flower Food Pantry. Alex has covered the war in Afghanistan, the tsumani in Sri Lanka, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Alex also shares a close bond with cancer patients and their families following the loss of her late husband, Brian to esophogeal cancer. She has reported on, and often speaks about esophogeal cancer, the fastest growing cancer in the United States. Alex and her family live in Kansas City.[1]

Elizabeth left 41 Action News on February 27, 2013.

Education[edit]

Alex graduated from the University of Arkansas and began her career at KZZB radio in Fort Smith, Arkansas and assumed responsibilities as anchor, reporter, and producer for Fort Smith's NBC affiliate KPOM-TV. She went on to anchor the nightly newscasts at WQAD-TV in the Quad Cities and anchored the evening newscasts at WFLX in West Palm Beach, Florida before joining KSHB-TV.[2]

Awards[edit]

Alex has earned several journalism awards including 4 regional Emmy's[3] for Best Newscast, and a number of projects including a six-month investigation into pollution at a former refinery in Sugar Creek, Missouri. Alex has been named "Best Newscaster" by Pitch Weekly magazine.[4]

Humanitarian work[edit]

Alex is involved in several volunteer and humanitarian causes including helping a girl from Gaza get needed medical care;[5] becoming the local spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation.;[6] and partnering with KU Cancer Center to raise awareness of esophageal cancer.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nbcactionnews.com/content/about/newsteam/story/Elizabeth-Alex-Evening-Anchor/_wbR9Sv0M0-oLXem0r8i5Q.cspx/
  2. ^ NBC Action News Bio
  3. ^ EmmyMid-America.org spreadsheet
  4. ^ Pitch Kansas City.
  5. ^ Story of "Doa"
  6. ^ National Kidney Foundation events
  7. ^ KUmed.com